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Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity

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As we approach the elections of 2004, U.S. progressives are faced with the challenge of how to confront our unresponsive and apparently untouchable power structures. With millions of antiwar demonstrators glibly dismissed as a “focus group,” and with the collapse of political and intellectual dialogue into slogans and soundbites used to stifle protest—“Support the Troops,” ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by City Lights Publishers
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Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book really changed the way that I view privilege and my responsibility as a US citizen with lots of it. Instead of rambling, I want to just copy this excerpt from the book, which really shook me to the core:

"Given the overpopulation problem, she said, would it really be a good thing to spend lots of resources on developing those drugs?

About halfway through her sentence I knew where she was heading, though I didn’t want to believe it. This very bright student wanted to discuss whether it ma
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Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting to read this well written treatise on post-9/11 thoughts and feelings of living in the US empire more than a decade after it was penned. Worth your consideration. It's a thoughtful, passionate piece by a professor who believes in little "d" democracy and equality across national boundaries. He concluded by asking, "Do we have the courage to stop being Americans become human beings? Do we care enough about ourselves and the world to struggle to claim our humanity? The rest of the worl ...more
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking book that I frequently come back to in order to discuss with others. Jensen asks us to examine three common assumptions: (1) the U.S. is the greatest nation on earth, (2) we should support the troops, and (3) patriotism is a positive value.

I have been surprised when I engage in conversations how many people can agree with Jensen's statement that no American soldiers have died defending our freedom since World War II.
William Crosby
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Agree or disagree he raises issues we need to think and converse about.

Be prepared for an extremely critical analysis of the U.S. current presence. He seeks to change our conception of the U.S. and he is hoping that this will result in a friendlier, more helpful nation instead of a domineering world police bully.

Discusses some of our U.S. mythological assumptions and sayings about ourselves.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
A quotation from the book: "We can either predict the worst -- that no change is possible -- and not act, in which case we guarantee there will be no change. Or we can understand that change always is possible, even in the face of great odds, and act on that assumption, which creates the possibility of progress."[return][return]This was a good read.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book, by a local UT professor here in Austin, is simply outstanding. No matter what your political views are it is hard to ignore the truth and urgency of his arguments regarding the history of US military intervention and the systemic nature of our empire building policies.
C.B. Daring
Jul 15, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Liberals
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This book was pretty awful, but his writings on gender studies are pretty interesting.
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Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics. He worked as professional journalist for a decade before his academic career. Jensen is a board member of Culture Reframed, the first health promotion effort to recognize and address pornography as the public health crisis of the digital age, a ...more