“Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil”
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“Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil” deals with the background of the crusading mentality that has guided American policies since 9/11/2001. The two sides of the American “messiah” tradition are explained, with reference to their origins in earlier American adaptations of biblical themes and their embodiment in the superheroic stories of pop culture. The lecture calls for a critical evaluation of the crusading tradition and a reaffirmation of the American constitutional tradition.