I describe myself as a "militant moderate." Among other things, this means that I am not given to alarmist, hyperbolic, or rhetorical heat of any kind; cool understatement is more to my liking. So why do I subtitle this essay "Notes on How (Not) to Become a Banana Republic"? It will strike some listeners as inflammatory, the product of a fevered imagination. I plead guilty only to hyperbole, a time-honored rhetorical device.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Schuck, Peter, "SUING GOVERNMENT LAWYERS FOR GIVING DUBIOUS LEGAL ADVICE IN A NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS: NOTES ON HOW (NOT) TO BECOME A BANANA REPUBLIC" (2011). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 4968.