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Apocalypse ManagementEisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity$
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Ira Chernus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758079

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.001.0001

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Conclusion: The National Insecurity State

Conclusion: The National Insecurity State

(p.217) Conclusion: The National Insecurity State
Apocalypse Management
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President Dwight Eisenhower pursued the Edenic vision that had enlightened in his first months in office: a “free world” permanently stable, secure, and at peace due to its policies that were permanently limiting every apocalyptic danger. Eisenhower's words expressed the whole freight of the apocalypse management paradigm whenever he talked about peace. It is reported that the Soviet Union was a necessary enemy and a negotiating partner in the cold war for the United States. The Soviets would have to participate in negotiations so that the United States could develop images of moving the world toward a liberal internationalist peace. Their participation could also demonstrate the United States' capacity to overcome evil in every arena. It is observed that the public words of Eisenhower produced the frightening prospect that the enemy's evil would forever be a threat. Furthermore, his fear of change shut him into a precarious nuclear arms race.

Keywords:   apocalypse management, Dwight Eisenhower, Soviet Union, cold war, United States, public words, nuclear arms race

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