1st Edition

The Challenges of Democracy in the War on Terror The Liberal State before the Advance of Terrorism

By Maximiliano E. Korstanje Copyright 2019
    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book unravels the role of democracy after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and reflects important debates surrounding the security of Muslim communities in the years to come. It looks at the problems of torture, violence and the legal resources available to contemporary democracies to confront terrorism.

    While terrorism is often regarded as one of the major threats to the West and the nation-state, this book explores the notion that a disciplined sense of terror is what keeps society working. The strengths and limitations of liberalism are examined, as well as the ethical dilemma of torture and human right violations in the struggle against terrorism. This book carefully dissects the origin of the nation-state and how it keeps society united.

    The author offers a creative and unique approach to democracy and worldwide terrorism, exploring the consequences for the nation-state. This book looks at the connections between terrorism, mobility, consumption, torture and fear. It will be of interest to researchers as well as postgraduate and postdoctoral students within the fields of Human Geography, Politics, Media and International Relations.

    Introduction 1. The Liberal State 2. Neoliberalism, Consumption and Poverty 3. The Rise of Terror in the Society of the Spectacle 4. Is Torture Enough? 5. The Dark Side of Technologies: The Industry of Fear and the Spocalypse 6. Terrorism, Tourism and Hospitality: Dying in New York City 7. The Democracy and its Faces: The Problem of Islamophobia


    Maximiliano E. Korstanje is Senior Researcher in the Department of Economics at University of Palermo, Argentina. He was awarded Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK, and at the University of Havana, Cuba. He was recently awarded Emeritus Chief Editor of the Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism. His recent books include The Rise of Thana-Capitalism and Tourism (2016), Terrorism, Tourism and the End of Hospitality in the West (2017), and Mobilities Paradox: A Critical Analysis (2017).

    "This book clarifies the historical context of the crisis in democracy that fueled Donald Trump’s election in 2016, which was nurtured by entertaining mass media and political corporations promoting the discourse of fear and the doctrine of sovereignty and security. Professor Korstanje’s provocative introduction examines how the ideological core of the liberal state hides "the invisible hand of exploitation." Despite losing the popular vote, Trump’s election underscores how the liberal state is complicit in trampling citizens’ rights in the face of inequality while applauding the spectacle of terrorism, violating immigrants’ rights, and international treaties, even as the stock market soars and the number of homeless people increase. Surely this was not intended by the Enlightenment philosophers, who had not envisioned how the democratic state would renege on is responsibility to citizens’ rights. This fine collection casts a dim light on what could have been the hope of the world." — David Altheide, Arizona State University, USA

    " The Challenges of Democracy in the War on Terror: The liberal state before the advance of terrorism is a liminal passage where Maximiliano Korstanje discusses the interplay of Fear and Thanatos. These crossing epistemological borders lead to questioning the role of the liberal state, its abuses as well as the indifference of lay-citizens for hospitality. In fact, he dissects the roots of liberal state juxtaposing the rise of terror as a necessary consequence of the decline of democracy. In a nutshell, Korstanje shows once again in this book why he is one of the most-recognized writers in the field of terrorism and tourism." — Adrian Scribano, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

    "The present book offers a cogent and trenchant, analysis, and critique of global capitalism. Its argument starts by examining bourgeois democracy in the twenty-first century. It corr