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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy (American Empire Project) Paperback – April 3, 2007
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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 Review
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Noam Chomsky uses an extrodanary array of evidence, both from leftist, right wing and impartial sources. He constantly cites the renouned Israeli historian Benny Morris and a wide range of opinion polls: While Noam dosen't necassary make the assertion he certainly implies that America is a borderline facist dictatorship. While this may not be entirely true, he presents a wide range of public opinion polls and uses extrodanry amounts of evidence to sustain his argument.
He compares the U.S to a failed state- much like Somalia is. This is probably my major greviance with the book. I believe a far better title and analogy to use would have been Outlaw States. My other greviance is that at times Chomsky heads into ranting sessions. However overall you will strugle to find such an insightful book.
Chomskys' criticism of the US is both waranted and necassary. It is justified in his pursuir for truth and expected. 4/5