Projecting the Future through Political Discourse: The Case by Patricia L. Dunmire

By Patricia L. Dunmire

This monograph examines the rhetorical nature and serve as of representations of the long run in political discourse, concentrating on political actors’ use of hegemonic photographs of destiny “reality” to accomplish their political targets. It argues key ideological size of political rhetoric lies in politicians’ use of projections of the long run to valid guidelines and activities. This argument is grounded in systemic-functional and significant discourse analyses of the “Bush Doctrine,” the U.S. coverage reaction to the September eleven terrorist assaults which sanctioned a “preemptive” army posture. by way of concentrating on the discursive building of the longer term, this venture addresses a lacunae in serious discourse reviews and calls realization to the an important function that the discourse and perform of “futurology” has performed in post-Cold conflict politics and society. will probably be of price to students attracted to the discourses of politics, the “war on terror,” U.S. nationwide defense, and futurology.

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This effect is realized to the extent that social subjects, in their experience of a text, are implicated in its representation of field and in the tenor relations it embeds. That is, a given text has implications beyond itself as it “trains” social subjects into assuming certain positions of power in a text, “Language as social action, that is, language as text, always instructs its users to take on certain positions in particular interactions, and trains us to be certain kinds of subjects in certain kinds of texts” (Kress 1995a: 120).

As Lt. Col. Kwiatkowski explains, “When they came to power again, they carried the plan out ... through subterfuge, through propaganda, and through political maneuvering” (Jhally and Earp 2004: 175). This return was signaled in September 2000 by the Project for the New American Century’s report “Rebuilding America’s Defenses,” drafted at the behest of Cheney (Foster 2006: 116). S. global preeminence “as far into the future as possible” (i). Declaring that the “basic tenets of the DPG remain sound,” the authors explain that “new circumstances make us think that the report might have a more receptive audience now than in recent years” (Project 2000: ii-iii).

This preoccupation with knowing and controlling the future is best exemplified by H. G. Wells, the first modernist thinker to call for a “science of the future,” a “discipline of future thinking” that would bring the future under “rational control” (Wagar 1983: 1). To the centuries of “futurism” he inherited5 Wells contributed the notion of the scientific study of the future, which held that the imagination could be “trained” in scientific habits of thought (Wagar 1983; Wells 1985: 61). Wells was the forefather of “the rational but imaginative contemplation of the future” (James 1996: 886).

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