The Indigenous Dream—A World without an “America”

  • Andrea Smith
Part of the New Approaches to Religion and Power book series (NARP)


Post 9/11, even radical scholars such as Judith Butler and Amy Kaplan framed George Bush’s policies as an attack on the US Constitution. For instance, Butler described Bush’s policies as a “suspension of law” (Butler 2004, 55) whereby the nation can, in the name of “sovereignty,” act against “existing legal frameworks, civil, military, and international…Under this mantle of sovereignty, the state proceeds to extend its own power to imprison indefinitely a group of people without trial” (Butler 2004, 57). Essentially, Bush was accused of eroding US democracy and eroding civil liberties. Progressives were then called to uphold the law, defend US democracy, and protect civil liberties.


Indigenous People Native People Civil Liberty White Supremacy Gender Violence 
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© Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Mary McClintock Fulkerson, and Rosemary P. Carbine 2013

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