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If our way of life makes us vulnerable to terrorism, we need another way of life

By Michael Lind   August 2005

“They will not change our way of life,” the Queen declared on Friday 8th July. Following the al Qaeda attacks on 9/11, American leaders similarly insisted that their country’s libertarian way of life would not change in response to the threat of terrorism. ? The sentiment is admirable, but as a policy it is mistaken. We who live in liberal societies like Britain and America should change our way of life, to make ourselves less vulnerable to terrorism. ? This is a pessimistic view, I concede. From 2001 until now, optimists have dominated the debate. Conservative optimists like George Bush…

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