Comm 122 Lecture 8

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Communication 122 January 25, 2008 Lecture 8 1. The crisis of the West 2. The future of the West 3. Differences between the US and Europe, Kagan and Habermas 4. Causes of the differences: Kagan and Habermas 5. Kagan on hard and soft power The Crisis of the West o Why do we talk about European identity and US identity now? o What united the two was westernization and friendship No longer friends because of soviet law (no common enemy anymore) – Feb. 15, 2003 opposition of the war in Iraq The future of the West o Some debate whether or not the West has a future o Robert Kagan wrote a book called Of Paradise and Power Talks about the fact that world order can only be kept because the US is willing to use military power – w/o this military power, the world would be chaotic (Right wing view) o Habermas (left-wing view) US and Iraq war, opened discussions, wrote articles, … Believed they needed an active public sphere (discussions in 2003) Europe had come together with the help of these discussions – unified with similar identity, views, values (because of the US and the Iraq war) Things must be settled in a rational matter (democratic way) – international law (outcome of discussions with people) o Tolderoff - Bulgarian intellectual Europe should have tranquil power, cannot depend on US military power
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