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Impossible to Review Objectively,
This review is from: Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower (Paperback)
First, remember that you are unlikely to find completely objective reviews for this book, but that's okay because of its extremely political nature. Blum is a polemicist, meaning he wants to create controversy and hard feelings in order to make his point. And yes the basic political angle of his work is leftist on the surface. However, he does have plenty of criticism for Clinton and the Democrats, so Blum's political persuasion might be more accurately described as social anarchist, as he distrusts all government and politicians and believes all power should be in the hands of the real people. Such sharp politics will rile up readers of any stripe, making objectivity hard to hang on to.
Regardless, most of this book contains extremely useful and relevant information on US chicanery and violence around the world. Despite the constant predictable sloganeering about freedom and democracy, the US has always been more concerned about preserving corporate interests and a hegemonic domination of power, with an ideology that is unyielding and destructive. Entire peoples and nations around the world have been ruined and exploited. This is why people around the world hate us, not because of a vague dispute with a vague concept like freedom. But anyone who makes that accusation will be given the narrow-minded but still harmful label "Un-American" and will be ignored, if not persecuted. That's what makes Blum's work important to read, and he mostly provides sharp evidence. Unfortunately his polemic style often descends into sarcasm, damaging his credibility, and he tends to rely on lists rather than deeper insights. Meanwhile the entire book is almost sunk by the mind-numbing final chapter that is merely a list of social problems and crimes that Blum disagrees with, offering little connection to the focus of the rest of the book.
That's about as objective as I can get with this review, given my own personal politics.
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Initial post: Jul 31, 2008 12:56:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 31, 2008 1:05:24 AM PDT
When the American propaganda machine paints a picture of American military intervention that is far from the truth, which is in fact eventually revealed to be an elaborate lie, concealing a viciousness and violence it dares not admit, how can anyone respond but with cynicism? When these lies and this violence spew from an American regime which claims to represent wholesome American values, to be honest and honorable, to spread freedom, security and prosperity, to have the interests of the people it slaughters at heart, which is in fact an extreme right-wing, fascist imperialist plutocratic oligarchy, what can one who recognizes this vicious hypocrisy reasonably be if not a leftist? This reviewer criticizes Blum for a "liberal," "polemical" tone which is only natural from one who understands the degree and extent of the horrors America has dealt to millions of innocent victims around the world over the last century. Blum tells the truth about what the American government has systematically engaged in, behind our backs, and refused to tell us about. THIS is not a State we're proud of! This is not a State we can accept. Of course he's dismayed and angry. So am I! So would be many millions more if they knew the truth about America as a Rogue State, the greatest threat to peace and security the world has ever known.
In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2010 9:06:05 AM PDT
After colonizing the world, the National Security State is now colonizing America. It has created thousands of virtual, electronic Auschwitzes/Buchenwalds across America by plugging Federal money and control into local police and fire departments, which, in turn, recruit the vigilantes called "gangstalkers." The groups use GPSs, cellphones, and microwave weapons to terrorize Americans whose names the New Globalists have put on the "list." When the coming economic depression hits, and the dollar tanks, the Globalists are ready with their militarized sheriffs and virtual prisons and prisonguards (aka gangstalkers).
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2013 9:44:00 PM PDT
James A. Breslin says:
Well put! The last part of your last sentence is almost a direct quote of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr........and as true today as it was in 1968!
Posted on May 29, 2015 11:27:50 AM PDT
Z. H. says:
derp i can't be objective so i'll just give it 3 stars
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