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

by Brian Michael Jenkins

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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.

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