An Incremental Tyranny
Published In: State Terrorism and Human Rights: International Responses Since the End of the Cold War / Ed. by Gillian Duncan et al. (New York: Routledge, 2013), Chapter 3, p. 32-41
Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2013
The author examines how society has adapted to terrorism over the years and dealt with concerns for safety. Perceived threats to liberty by the military-industrial complex that gave great cause for concern in the past have given way to fears of a security state, which has fueled perception of a perpetual danger requiring endless war. Clearly delineated distinctions between law enforcement and war have blurred. At the same time, pressures on democratic principles have increased and leaders are hard-pressed to respond quickly and effectively. In this climate, accumulated emergency powers remain in effect indefinitely, and the nature of individual freedom gradually evolves.