The Pathology of Power Turns Security Into Double Suicide Reply

Norman Cousins wrote a massively important book in 1987 called “The Pathology of Power.” (Amazon)

Norman Cousins mug-pathology of powerAfter World War I when the world was sick to death of war, the munitions makers got together to make sure that big wars continued. They organized to buy Congress and the media and they made sure that the war mentality was THE mentality.

Some gems:

“War is a double suicide.”

“The fleecing of the American people in the name of security”

“Under the name of security, our security is threatened.”

“What makes you think that the people who can’t be trusted with the wealth of the American people can be trusted with their security.”

“A disturbing look at the military state using evidence from committees of the Congress, whistle-blowers, and concerned citizens. . . .A thoughtful and chilling look at Fortress America, its architects and its victims.” —Kirkus Reviews

In this book, a seasoned commentator on world affairs discusses the way power in government becomes enlarged, exploited, and institutionalized—not just as the result of external dangers, real or contrived, but as the result of the way the arms race spills over into and dominates foreign policy. The clandestine operation that led to the Iran-Contra affair, Norman Cousins observes, is a recent example of dangerous trend with its own momentum. Mr. Cousins returns here to the central theme that dominated the editorial pages of the Saturday Review during the thirty years of his editorship: the challenge to human freedom and safety represented by vast destructive power slipping away from the means of control.

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