By William M. Arkin
A beautiful exploration of the sophisticated erosion of freedom in an age of concocted worry and de facto army authority.
When we expect of an army coup, the 1st snapshot that involves brain is a basic, status at a podium with a flag at the back of him, stating the deposing of elected leaders and the establishment of martial law.
In AMERICAN COUP, William Arkin finds the desk-bound takeover of the top reaches of presidency by means of a coterie of "grey men" of the nationwide defense institution. working among the strains of the structure this strong and unelected staff fights to avoid wasting the country from "terror" and guns of mass destruction whereas while editing and undermining the very essence of the rustic. Many books are written approximately secrecy, surveillance, and executive law-breaking; none so powerfully divulge the reality of way of life during this country of struggle.
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Extra resources for American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the Constitution
N . Norstedts, S t o c k h o l m , 1963, pp. 30-44. 39 Draft RF, chapter 1, article 1. 40 S O U , 1 9 6 3 : 17, p. 137. 41 A pamphlet written b y L. Andersson, I. Carlsson, and A . Gustafsson (Författningsreform—nytt alternativ, Tidens förlag, S t o c k h o l m , 1963) m a y be taken as typical o f the trend. 3 8 King and Council 41 with most of the Liberals. In the course of the debate Palme made it plain that a discussion of the position of the head of State would involve a discussion of the type of regime into which he should fit.
39 Draft RF, chapter 1, article 1. 40 S O U , 1 9 6 3 : 17, p. 137. 41 A pamphlet written b y L. Andersson, I. Carlsson, and A . Gustafsson (Författningsreform—nytt alternativ, Tidens förlag, S t o c k h o l m , 1963) m a y be taken as typical o f the trend. 3 8 King and Council 41 with most of the Liberals. In the course of the debate Palme made it plain that a discussion of the position of the head of State would involve a discussion of the type of regime into which he should fit. In the event the partial constitutional reform has been agreed and is being put into effect while the question of the position of the head of State has been referred for consideration to the inter-party c o m mittee which is working on the task of completing the overhaul of the Constitution.
Rune Hermansson, for example, w h o was mentioned above, was a non-party minister without a seat in Parliament. Sven-Eric Nilsson, one of the legal experts in the current government, is a civil servant w h o had previously been at the head of the Legal Affairs Division in the Ministry of Finance. He exemplifies a different gradation in the scale of political involvement: a nonparliamentarian but a member of the Social Democratic Party. Camilla Odhnoff, another present-day Minister without Portfolio, was brought into the Government in December 1966 without a seat in the Riksdag to specialize in family and youth questions : she had earlier been active in the Social Democratic W o m e n ' s Organization in Skâne, Sweden's southernmost province, and was also a lecturer in plant physiology at the University of Lund.
American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the Constitution by William M. Arkin