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Desiring war: apocalypse, commodity fetish, and the end of history

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posted on 2017-04-27, 01:37 authored by Runions, Erin
This paper argues that the repeated buzzwords history and freedom in official documents of the Bush administration work to conflate religious and economic desire, as a means of motivating war. Bushs apocalyptically inflected invocation of a personified history, who calls the U.S. to defend and advance freedom, also betrays a philosophical underpinning that is illuminated through Francis Fukuyamas explication of the end of history. This exploration of the religio-philosophical framework for Bushs public discourse pays attention to the ways in which it mirrors Fukuyamas ultimately neoconservative, Nietzchean reading of Kojve, in which the Hegelian fight unto death is never quite resolved. Copyright 2004 Erin Runions. No part of this article may be reproduced by any means without the written consent of the publisher.


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The Bible and Critical Theory, vol. 1, no. 1 (2004) 1832-3391