American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the by William M. Arkin

By William M. Arkin

A gorgeous exploration of the sophisticated erosion of freedom in an age of concocted worry and de facto army authority.

When we predict of an army coup, the 1st picture that involves brain is a normal, status at a podium with a flag in the back of him, pointing out the deposing of elected leaders and the establishment of martial law.

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In AMERICAN COUP, William Arkin unearths the desk-bound takeover of the top reaches of presidency by way of a coterie of "grey men" of the nationwide safety institution. working among the strains of the structure this strong and unelected workforce fights to save lots of the state from "terror" and guns of mass destruction whereas while editing and undermining the very essence of the rustic. Many books are written approximately secrecy, surveillance, and executive law-breaking; none so powerfully divulge the reality of daily life during this kingdom of battle.

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The mutual implication of the three major regimes for regulating social practice provides no excuse for failing to recognize the distinctive ontological and operational profile of each of them. There are important insights to be gained by analytically distinguishing technology, social structure 18 See Introna and Nissenbaum (2000), Mumford (1934, 1952, 1970), Noble (1984, 1985) and Winner (1986). 1 Regulative regimes and social practice 29 and culture as generic forms of making and regulating social practices.

Information-based systems and devices are certainly more flexible and malleable than industrial artefacts and technologies. But they are also interlinked in ways that penetrate deep down into the social fabric and participate unobtrusively in the construction of the micro-order of social practice by shaping routines, operations and communicative habits 3 The diffusion of theories such as the Technology Acceptance Model represents a case in point. See, for example, Bagozzi (2007) for a retrospective and critical review of that model to which he himself has helped to establish.

17 The reification of function crafted upon objects is fundamental to technology. Without that elaborate objectification that renders specifically developed objects and object processes (software included) able to perform the operations crafted upon them, there is no technology in the modern sense. An important precondition for objectification is the functional simplification and closure of the tasks which technologies will assume. However, to equate the repetitive and strictly structured nature of routines and standard operating procedures with technology on the basis of functional simplification alone amounts to bypassing the critical differences that separate them.

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