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Covert CapitalLandscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia$
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Andrew Friedman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274648

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274648.001.0001

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(p.294) Conclusion
Covert Capital

Andrew Friedman

University of California Press

Reagan’s invasions of Grenada and Central America and his promotion of the Star Wars missile defense in 1983 led to the notice of Edge City. A decade and a half later, both George W. Bush’s wars on Iraq and Afghanistan and the Homeland Security state led to another rash of building. The conclusion to this book sets the War on Terror infrastructure alongside uses left over from the Cold War to stress the continuity of US imperialism as lived relation in the home front that transcends the epochs that organize American foreign-policy scholarship and public culture, considering how creative acts of mapping and their arguments about the nature of the US state mark out a set of ethical questions about US imperial culture and society trickling down to the present.

Keywords:   war on terror, day labor, empire, map, covert, cold war, Herndon, secret

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