Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy Paperback – Apr 3 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Forget Iraq and Sudan--America is the foremost failed state, argues the latest polemic from America's most controversial Left intellectual. Chomsky (Imperial Ambitions) contends the U.S. government wallows in lawless military aggression (the Iraq war is merely the latest example); ignores public opinion on everything from global warming to social spending and foreign policy; and jeopardizes domestic security by under-funding homeland defense in favor of tax cuts for the rich and by provoking hatred and instability abroad that may lead to terrorist blowback or nuclear conflict. Ranging haphazardly from the Seminole War forward, Chomsky's jeremiad views American interventionism as a pageant of imperialist power-plays motivated by crass business interests. Disdaining euphemisms, he denounces American "terror" and "war crimes," castigates the public-bamboozling "government-media propaganda campaign" and floats comparisons to Mongols and Nazis. Chomsky's fans will love it, but even mainstream critics are catching up to the substance of his take on Bush Administration policies; meanwhile his uncompromising moral sensibility, icy logic and withering sarcasm remain in a class by themselves. Required reading for every thoughtful citizen.
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“Chomsky is a global phenomenon . . . perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet.” ―The New York Times Book ReviewSee all Product Description
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It's a "We must be right we're the US" diatribe.
It shouldn't be published as a review.
The fact that there are a lot of YR's in the U.S. is really frightening.
There is only one country in the world capable of destroying the world and only one country in the world who has no conscience about doing that as long as there's a dollar in it.
Thank God there are Noam Chomsky's who have not yet been silenced by the imperialistic thugs that Americans elect.
Noam Chomsky gives me some hope - As a Canadian, We are often confused when we are criticized for having so little military by the only country on earth that we would ever need to defend ourselves from.
It's unfair and perhaps naive but to me Chomsky is like the canary in the coal mine. If the US ever silences him it will be time to fill the basement with weaponry and prepare for the invasion.
Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World
'Failed States' provides direct and furious substantiation to the function of the United States of America in the late 20th and early 21st century, through the eyes of the non-aligned. In the fabric of this work, a thorough and spectacular illumination of what is being conducted by the 'free world' is propagated. For many, these words correlate to disturb and infuriate, as quite critically, a very bleak picture is amounted by its revelation. To a very inverted standard, Chomsky actually provides optimism at the end of the book (in the afterwards), which fully inspires its participants who read it, to follow through to the end in what is right.
This book is presented in conjunction with "Hegemony or Survival" (which can be purchased on this site or at other bookstores), I would suggest reading both, starting with Hegemony or Survival. To those who read this book, welcome to the real world. I am here every step of the way walking beside you.
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Great read - Noam Chomsky as usual is to the point and very focused on the subject.Published on July 20 2014 by M R M
A great novel :)
A bit detailed and a long read...but well worth all the information :)
The premise and ideas produced by Chomsky are thought-provoking and intellectual. It's too bad many of his points in the book are insufficiently supported by misleading quotes and... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2006 by Coach C
Yet another book from one of the leaders of the fifth column. After reading a few chapters at the book store, it simply amazes me that this marxist is still part of readings list... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2006 by E. Toth
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