Over 4000 free audio and video lectures, seminars and teaching resources from Oxford University.
Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Biting More Than Can Be Chewed: How the US State Became a Prisoner of Its Own Rhetoric about Evil

Loading Video...
Duration: 0:47:12 | Added: 07 Mar 2012
In the aftermath of September 11, US foreign policy makers adopted an understanding of the nature of the enemy they were facing by adopting ideas of radical evil associated with the totalitarian regimes of Hitler and Stalin.

As a result, they asked far more from government than any state could ever provide: specifically the abolition of evil in the world, a task that, if possible at all, is best left to religion. At a time when the state can be almost nothing in domestic life, it chose to try to do everything in its national security policy. Professor Wolfe will try to explain how US policy makers became seduced by the language of evil when they should have focussed more on the nature of politics.

Copy and paste this HTML snippet to embed the audio or video on your site: