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As other reviewers have noted, this is a good introduction to Chomsky. The topics and themes of this summary are fully expanded in other works. While his critics can be numerous and often vicious, he is nevertheless a necessary voice in the dialog of democracy.
Chomsky's assertion that corporations drive American policy is one of the most common threads running throughout his works. Aided by their favorite tool, the media, corporations guide domestic and foreign policy deftly through the three branches of government. Another war critic, the late USMC Major General Smedley Butler, reflecting on his long military career said:
"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket." - from "War is a Racket" (1935)
Chomsky makes a compelling case that indeed we have used our military to gain hegemony throughout the world in order to maintain our economic system. Consider that we have over a hundred military bases around the world for starters. Why would a democratic, peace-loving nation need such a presence? I think it would be more appropriate, however painful some might find this, to call the U.S. an empire.
In Latin America, the CIA and our military have repeatedly strong-armed progressive governments that want to restore assets to the lower classes. Whether it is sugar, fruit, oil, or banking interests, progressive governments are undermined and a more U.S.-friendly, conservative power is installed - often in the form of a dictatorship. When that government starts straying from the script, as in the case of Noriega in Panama, the U.S.Read more ›
Chomsky says that the primary concern of U.S. elites in their policy towards the third world was not really economic, such as securing cheap access to raw materials and labor, or at least it was not their primary concern.Read more ›
Chomsky is no crackpot. He's a brilliant intellectual and a passionately ethical human being. If he is complaining about something, we'd better listen.
I'll give you a little taste of this book. These are some of the lies that we are told by our media:
1. That America wants to support democracy and human rights around the world. 2. That America opposes terrorism. 3. That America opposes international drug trafficking. 4. That Noriega was ousted from Panama because of drugs. 5. That the Vietnam War was fought to halt the spread of communism. 6. That America was ever afraid of Soviet military power.
If you are willing to re-evaluate every single thing you have come to believe about your country, pick up this little book. It gets right to the point and is extremely readable.
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I'd like to consider myself a skeptic; the United States' public appearance is far from noble and good, and I'm pretty sure most people agree that the CIA, the Federal Government,... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Alyssa Freeman
Amazing book. The author made a great analysis of the american foreign policy. This is one of best books of all times.Published 6 months ago by Cadet
A little to radical left for me.
We were giving foreign aid in the form of wheat to foreign countries, Yeah, I know that we were dumping it because our our farm price supports... Read more
What Uncle Sam Really Wants
By Noam Chomsky
By Richard Edward Noble
"I think legally speaking there is a very solid case for... Read more
The publishing date is 1992, but the material hasn't dated at all. Fifteen intervening years have merely augmented Chomsky's thesis. Read morePublished on April 24, 2009 by Douglas Doepke
Noam Chomsky is a beast on the Left. However, his books are notoriously hard to read, which, unfortunately, causes many activists to bypass a great scholarly resource. Read morePublished on July 12, 2008 by Alexander Kemestrios Ben
I bought this book along with "Hegemony or Survival" after Venezuela's Hugo Chavez held it up in the UN. I had not even heard of Chomsky before then. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Amazon Customer
another essential, informative book in the great series of the chomskey books. everything he says is so enlightning and eye-opening. Read morePublished on May 2, 2006 by ryan nadeau
If you are looking for a book that addresses issues such as American foreign policy, the idea of democracy and government corruption, "What Uncle Sam Really Wants" by Noam Chomsky... Read morePublished on April 20, 2005 by Miszmocha