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- Publisher: Metropolitan Books; 1st edition (April 3, 2007)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2007
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000Q9IU7U
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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy (American Empire Project) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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I give the author credit as he cites his points exhaustively, however the vast majority of his citations are quotes from political pun-dents that support his points, as opposed to citing sources of fact. There is a huge difference between quoting my neighbor stating "that program is a waste of time" and quoting the congressional budget office stating "That program cost $16 billion and produced two jobs." VERY roughly 70-80% of Noam's citations are quotes and the remaining citations are fact. A few times he makes key assertions (ie Agent XYZ, a known terrorist, was running guns in ABC, for the US) without a supporting citation. Many times he quotes facts supporting misdeeds, and they are painful to read.
My opinion differs significantly from the author in the role of the US. I think the role of ANY government (US, North Korea, Iran, Russia, China) is to assure the safety and prosperity of its people. While it would be nice, it is not the role of any of the governments to promote the equality of the world-- by definition governments operate in their own self interest first, and other's second.
I also disagree with another of the author's somewhat unstated assumption. Frequently, I interpret the author's thesis to be "If the US had not done X bad thing, the world would be a beautiful place because China and Russia are fundamentally "good". My view would be "The US did X bad thing in its own self interest prior to China or Russia taking advantage to do Y in their own self interest."
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Hazrat Chomsky is very popular with Pakistani literati and for good reason, as he presents the other aspects of the momentous world events which together makes the story somewhat complete.
Consider the very obvious and rational argument, the top nation of the world, número uno country of the world, the mighty USA, misbehaving, openly flaunting, imperiously rejecting all international laws it expects rogue and terrorist nations of the world to follow. Trouble is, USA and its foreign policies are the main reason why countries like North Korea and Iran are in their current state, as every country in the world will consciously or subconsciously follow the leader, copying its every move and behaviours. Unfortunately for the world, USA will not change, why should it? Why change a strategy which has got it at the top slot. All the world has to do now is wait for an able contender for the throne. In the meantime writers like Chomsky will have a field day arguing to their lefty brothers. The book makes completing reading though.
Check for yourself.....
'International court jurisdiction has proven inappropriate for the United States.' Condoleeza Rice 2005.
International law and court judgments are fine, but only when they come out the right way. Anything else is inappropriate for the United States.
Why are the US nuclear facilities not open to IAEA like Iraq and Iran?
The US has the right to attack any country that it thinks could attack it first.
The logic of the annexation of Texas was essentially attributed to Saddam Hussain when he conquered Kuwait.
A large majority of US public believe that the US should accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the World Court, sign the Kyoto protocols, allow the United Nations to take the lead in international crises, and rely on diplomatic and economic measures more than military ones in the 'war on terror'. ( A large scale survey conducted in the US by independent bodies).
Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This book will give some guidance as to what ‘absolutely’ means.
Anyone wishing to understand the effect of political power on the human mind, should read this book. It shows that the human mind is incapable of being trained to cope with political power.
Like all the other Chomsky books I’ve read, it’s written for academic intellectuals. The academic language used, makes reading by the general public, like wading knee deep though treacle. It’s worth the effort to catch the bits you can understand. You just don’t come across this info anywhere else.
Great book... when is this author going to write for the general public?
"Failed States", with a sub-heading of "The Abuse of Power and the Assault of Democracy", seems to hint at other countries, e.g. the Middle East, Central America or Eastern Europe. It is the United States.
In part one, he deals with ways in which the United States state power is used in in violation of international law. In part two, he looks at ways in which democracy functions and examines ways in which the United States political system is not functioning democratically.
To many, Chomsky has become a loose-cannon, firing off randomly but consistently at a great national superpower attempting to bring freedom and democracy to other nations of the world; to others, he is a unique voice arguing rationally from a deeply intellectual,scholarly and well-researched position against an aggressive and overtly imperialist world power.
A "marmite" character though he may be, over many years he has been a consistent, thoughtful critic who cannot be ignored.