Retrospective: Moral Outrage or Moral Amnesia?

  • Gary Olson
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL, volume 10)


The July/August 1988 issue of Z Magazine contained the following article, the “Execution Class,” which emerged from a classroom experiment in which I attempted to focus directly on the issue of empathy. It’s my sense that if the reader simply substitutes some new enemy for the Red Menace cited in the piece, perhaps the conveniently amorphous and therefore catch-all “war on terrorism,” the article retains a dismaying applicability. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1993, the US national security managers experienced a short but, for them, terrifying enemy vacuum.


Moral Responsibility Empathic Concern American College Student Structural Violence Common Sense Belief 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary Olson
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceMoravian CollegeBethlehemUSA

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