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By Randall B. Woods

This quantity is meant to illustrate how competition to the struggle in Vietnam, the military-industrial complicated, and the nationwide safety nation crystallized in various varied and sometimes divergent political traditions. certainly, for lots of of the figures mentioned, dissent was once a decidedly conservative act in that they felt that the struggle threatened conventional values, mores, and associations, even supposing their definitions of what was once sacred differed profoundly. To an quantity a number of the dissenters taken care of during this quantity have been at one time chilly battle liberals. in the course of the process the Vietnam struggle, they got here to determine the international coverage which they have been helping, with its willingness to invoke the democratic perfect and whilst tolerate dictatorships within the reason behind anticommunism, as morally and politically corrupt. such a lot dissenters more and more got here to understand chilly struggle liberalism as a thorough departure that threatened the basic beliefs of the republic.

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