Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

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" It 's toug to imagine any American reading this ook and not seeing his country in a new, and deeply unsettlin, light. " -- he New York Times Book Review

United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against " failed states " around the globe. In this much-anticipated follow-up to his international bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, showing how the United States itself shares features with other failed states -- suffering from a severe " democratic deficit, " eschewing domestic and international law, and adopting policies that increasingly endanger its own citizens and the world. Exploring the latest developments in U.S. foreign and domestic policy, Chomsky reveals Washington 's plans to further militarize the planet, greatly ncreasing the risks of nuclear war. He also assesses the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; documents Washington 's self-exemption from international norms, including the Geneva conventions and the Kyoto Protocol; and examines how the U.S. electoral system is designed to eliminate genuine political alternatives, impeding any meaningful democracy.

Forceful, lucid, and eticulously researche, Failed States provide a comprehensive nalysis of a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis. Systematically dismantling the United States' pretense of being the world 's arbiter of democracy, Failed States is Chomsky 's most focused -- and urgent -- critique to date.
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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
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Published April 3rd 2007 by Owl Books (NY) (first published September 12th 2006

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When history is crafted in the service of power, evidence and rationality are irrelevant.Hazrat Chomsky is very popular with Pakistani literati and for good reason, as he presents the other characteristic of the momentous world events which together makes the story somewhat complete.Consider the very obvious and rational rgument, 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.

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Writing about some Soviet apparatchik that he ’ d butted heads with, Serge says, “ I followed his argument with the blank uneasiness which one might feel in the presence of a logical lunatic. ” Noam Chomsky fills me with blank uneasiness.

At some point in the ast decade, Chomsky ossified into the Jimmy Buffet of the far left: a productive yet predictable figure, still packing them in without ever bothering to change his set list.

Sameness sells.Before I try to xplain why Chomsky is such a dangerous simpleton ( ideologically-speaking) let me admit that I didn ’ t dislike Failed States as much as I expected.

No matter what your political orientation is, if you don ’ t learn something from Chomsky, you ’ re just not paying attention.

I doubt even Chomsky believes this nonsense, but he presents it with a straight face ( as he does everything else: humour is not his strong point, unless you enjoy crude sarcasm.) He comes up with his own flagrantly self-serving definition of a failed state but somehow overlooks the most salient feature: i.e. a failed state is one that has simply ceased to function.

Like any good lefty, Chomsky is dismissive of the Bush administration ’ s assertio that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling WMDs. Fair enough.

You ’ re saying Colin Powell was right all along?

See, it turns out that Iraq ’ s WMD facilities were systematically looted following the invasion: Most of the looting was from production sites for solid- and liquid-propellant missiles, where about 85% of the equipment had been removed, along with biotoxins and other materials usable for chemical and biological weapons, and high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear and chemical weapons and missiles.

First he tells us there were no WMDs. Then, without stopping to notice the contradiction, he tells us that the whole place was lousy with the guy.

But conveniently for his argument, the US is still guilty, since they provided the weapons, or the “ aid ” to buy them, back in the 80s—and doubly guilty because they trie to secure all this military surplus after the invasion.So, as always with Chomsky, the US can ’ t win for losing.

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Extremely informative, and poignant, even if ( especially since?) it nags the thoughtful reader to check many things in other sources.

A mind-boggling compendium of information, obnoxiously slanted.

Part of me know that it 's overdone if it causes me ( of all people) to wonder if Chomsky is off his rocker with regard to more than a few things.

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Failed States is an engaging, relatively simple ( for Chomsky), and lucid account of how the American government is acting as a negative force in the world today.

Chomsky gives insight into how the government manipulates facts and polls to create public opinion.

Cuba and Venezuela still stand opposed to the American government 's manner of doing things.

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My thoughts on Chomsky ’ s previous US/global politics book for the general public also applies strongly to his follow-up: https: //www.goodreads.com/review/show ... The Missing: -- Of the any books by Chomsky, I ust say I would start elsewhere:1) Intro: Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky is the perfect place to start; fantastic editing.

3) How is public opinion/participatory democracy curtailed? -- The unique theme of his ook is to introduce the popular Western interventionist propaganda concept of “ Failed States ” and apply it to the United States, with more consistent application of criteria of course:1) Unwillingness to protect its citizens ( debunking the “ War on Terror ” and connecting it with US ’ s extensive support for global terror in order to smash competition).

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He then leads on from this into the healthcare debate which at the time over 70% of Americans were desperate for, but ow, ironically hangs in the balance due to the lackin of public finances caused directly by the aforementioned meltdown!

Some of tha to the backdrop of a continuously limited 'democracy' in America being hijacked and misdirected by big business and the media.

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Because hat is it – one comes away from reading th ook by Chomsky knowing that one has been lied to – and feeling furious at those who have done the lying.How much easier the world coul have fel when the evil empire was the Soviet Union and that was where Orwell ’ s vision of 1984 was being played out.

Still, we hav all Winston Smiths – though some of us haven ’ t worked out just how many lies we have been warne, are being told, need to be told.This might make reading Chomsky sound like reading thi ook by the ultimate conspiracy theorist.

erhaps it is because I came way from reading Chomsky feeling that there is little or no hope for he world.

I ’ m thinking of having stickers made up that read, “ I ’ m an Environmental Terrorist and I Vote ” to put on the windscreens of these hideous monstrosities.Take Chomsky ’ s view of the necessity of there being a nuclear war.

he assertio that there was no ethnic cleansing prior to the NATO bombing, that the NATO bombing was clearly designed to incite precisely this response, that much of what is said about this war is written backwards – as if the convenient excuse for the bombing was manifest in what ctually happened, rather than completely contradicted by events – all of his is stated in gut wrenching detail.The most shocking facts in the memoir, because, are about the assault on democracy that occurs in the US itself.

Chomsky ’ s answer is that corporatism is perverting the course of democracy away from what the people want and towards what provides corporations with more power, more money and more control.If Chomsky proves one thing, I know it is that Orwell was too optimistic in 1984.

At least in Orwell ’ s 1984 those who rule find it necessary to lie – we are so contemptible this is no longer wante to be necessary by our masters in the worst of cases.Ironically, even here Chomsky proves that most Americans actually believe in the rule of law – even support the United Nations role in International Relations.

It eally is time to become angry, there is s much at stake otherwise.Many people I know make the smug statement that – as everyone knows – Americans just don ’ t get irony.

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On the other hand, he hands over plenty of interesting facts and opinions that I wa onl heard of before reading his ook.

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