Reinhold Niebuhr, the liberal Protestant theologian, occupied a prominent position in American public life during the middle decades of the twentieth century. A pillar of the post – World War II establishment, Niebuhr lent religious legitimation to American foreign policy during the Cold War. With international terrorism replacing the Soviet menace, his star has recently been revived. This essay explores the reasons for Niebuhr’s revival.
The Revival of Reinhold Niebuhr: A Foreign Policy Fable
Robert B. Horwitz is professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. A scholar of politics, communication, and the state, he is the author of The Irony of Regulatory Reform: The Deregulation of American Telecommunications (1989), Communication and Democratic Reform in South Africa (2001), and America’s Right: Anti-establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party (2013).
Robert B. Horwitz; The Revival of Reinhold Niebuhr: A Foreign Policy Fable. Public Culture 1 January 2016; 28 (1 (78)): 113–138. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-3325040
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