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Loyalty and LibertyAmerican Countersubversion from World War I to the McCarthy Era$
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Alex Goodall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038037

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038037.001.0001

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Policing Politics

Policing Politics

The Origins of Federal Countersubversion

(p.13) 1 Policing Politics
Loyalty and Liberty

Alex Goodall

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses how the idea of subversion allowed the supporters of war to get round these two, interrelated, problems of jurisprudence and rhetoric. In ideological terms, by defining dissenters as “subversive” it was possible to present opponents of war as essentially unpatriotic and un-American: if not un-American in strictly legal terms, then at least metaphorically, such that the abstract image of a unified nation could be preserved. Meanwhile, from a legal perspective, the idea of subversion could be used to designate a new, broad category of criminal behavior of sufficient gravity that the federal government's responsibility to guarantee the republican form of government gave it a mandate to act, but that, unlike treason, was not strongly regulated by the Constitution.

Keywords:   subversion, jurisprudence, rhetoric, dissenters, un-American, unified nation, criminal behavior, republican government

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