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

It s hard to imagine any American reading this book and not seeing his country in a new, and deeply troubling, light The New York Times Book Review The 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 It s hard to imagine any American reading this book and not seeing his country in a new, and deeply troubling, light The New York Times Book ReviewThe 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 increasing 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 meticulously documented, Failed States offers a comprehensive analysis 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.
Failed States The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy It s hard to imagine any American reading this book and not seeing his country in a new and deeply troubling light The New York Times Book Review The United States has repeatedly asserted its right

  • Title: Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
  • Author: Noam Chomsky
  • ISBN: 9780805082845
  • Page: 120
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    Noam Chomsky

    Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century He also helped spark the cognitive revolution in psychology through his review of B F Skinner s Verbal Behavior, in which he challenged the behaviorist approach to the study of behavior and language dominant in the 1950s His naturalistic approach to the study of language has affected the philosophy of language and mind He is also credited with the establishment of the Chomsky hierarchy, a classification of formal languages in terms of their generative power Beginning with his critique of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, Chomsky has become widely known for his media criticism and political activism, and for his criticism of the foreign policy of the United States and other governments.According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source often than any other living scholar during the 1980 1992 time period, and was the eighth most cited scholar in any time period.

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    • Trevor said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Reading Chomsky always disturbs me. I’m left feeling washed out and despondent. He presents the problems of the world so vividly that it is impossible not to be confronted by the enormity of the issues that confront us. He re-values and re-evaluates received wisdom, the sorts of views we get from watching news programs or reading current affairs articles, to such an extent that one is left wondering if everything we are ever told is basically just another lie. Because that is it – one comes [...]

    • Buck said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      There’s a line in Victor Serge’s Memoirs of a Revolutionary that comes back to me whenever I get trapped in a conversation with a political nutbar. 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. Now, the man’s no lunatic—let’s get that straight. He’s a gifted scientist and, in some ways, an adm [...]

    • Tariq Alferis said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      .نعوم تشومسكي ، أستاذ النقد السياسي والتحليل السياسة الخارجية الأمريكية، في كتاب الدولة الفاشلة يستمر تشومسكي في الحديث عن الهيمنة أو البقاء، قوة أمريكا الإمبريالية، في نشر السلام والديمقراطية بطريقة ساخرة، أطروحته هنا عن الولايات المتحدة بصفة عامة، ويتحدث في بعض الفصول [...]

    • kenneth said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Noam Chomsky is one of the greatest scientists and men of letters in the world today; however his virulent critique of U.S. foreign and domestic policy ensure that his work is derided and undermined by the corporate media. 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. In America, the [...]

    • Tariq Mahmood said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      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 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 an [...]

    • Mosharaf Hossain said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      যুক্তরাষ্ট্র তার জন্মের পর থেকেই দুনিয়ার চিপাচাপার "ব্যর্থ রাষ্ট্র" গুলোতে বোম মেরে তাদের সোজা ও সভ্য করার "মহান" দায়িত্ব পালন করে আসছে।বুদ্ধিবৃত্তিক চর্চার অন্যতম প্রধান ব্যক্তিত্ব নোয়া [...]

    • Marwa Atia said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      يتحدث الكاتب عن السياسة الأمريكية في كيفية استخدام وسائل الاعلام من أجل خدمة مصالحه السياسية و خداع الجمهور واستغلاله دون أن يلحظ الجمهور أنه قد تم استغلاله بالفعل .عن المفاهيم المتعارف عليها و كيف يتم تغليفها و تبطينها لكي تظهر على أنها صحيحة و صادقة و ما هي في الحقيقة الا " [...]

    • Donovan said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      One of the many dozens of books professor Chomsky has produced over several decades, in this book - as always - he points out how hypocritical the behavior of the US government is. It says one thing while doing another, 'democracy promotion' for example. While allegedly trying to install a democracy in Iraq, democracy is desperately needed at home. Chomsky makes this hypocrisy seem so obvious that it would be almost comical if it weren't so tragic.Unfortunately Chomsky does seem to repeat himsel [...]

    • Ewan said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Such an intense book. Masses of evidence condensed down into as close to the truth as we're ever going to get - and it's a depressing truth. I found the whole book stimulating to read, but it was the 6th chapter, "Democracy Promotion at Home" (which strayed from the main focus of the book - American foreign policy), that I found most interesting. In it, Chomsky basically predicts the current financial meltdown in the US and the reasons for it. He then leads on from this into the healthcare debat [...]

    • Bou said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Noam Chomsky makes a powerful statement why the United States - as a self proclaimed symbol of democracy in the world - does not abide by its own self proclaimed ideals. In fact, far from being a safeguard for freedom and security, the United states is more busy with securing its own economic and geopolitical interests.As the most powerful state in the world, the USA is claiming the right to have its own influence and say on its actions, even where it is in conflict with for example the Geneva C [...]

    • David Sarkies said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Twisting the idea of the failed state22 July 2011 I have read a few books by Noam Chomsky, and despite him being a very accessible writer, and a profound intellectual, his books tend to all be on the same theme and seem to cover the same ground. In a way, I like to get an idea of Chomsky's views on recent events, and while his later books may give some insight, unfortunately you tend to have to go over a lot of old ground to get to the new ideas. Further, his take on the new events tend to simpl [...]

    • Amari said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      The first part: simply a random string of inflammatory, sarcastic statements. Not particularly well-crafted. However, it grew on me. Extremely informative, and compelling, 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 thinks 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. In other words, that [...]

    • blakeR said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Though dry, this is a good and fairly updated overview of most of Chomsky's political positions. He continues to be vital, which is my favorite word for him. I would recommend starting with his interviews or conversations, however, as they're more accessible and engaging. The most accessible and comprehensive intro to Chomsky, out of the four books I've read, is the very lives-up-to-its-name Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky.What was most valuable about this book is that it gives Ch [...]

    • Wardah Beg said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Mind Blown.I know it's all about everything we already know, the political truisms like America's efforts to maintain hegemony in the world rather than promoting democracy at home and abroad; that the Iraq war, and all the other 'wars on terror' have led to more terrorists taking over the stage than resulting in a crackdown of terrorist organisations once and for ever; that America's governmental decisions and foreign policies do not represent the majority opinion of it's people. Nevertheless, t [...]

    • Eric Gulliver said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      If there were any one thing that Noam Chomsky should be revered for, it would have to be his indelible use of evidence. In his latest authored work entitled Failed States, Chomsky meticulously sifts through use of the rhetoric of principles and compares to its actual practice, presenting a chilling exposition of, “The (American) Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy.”1 Throughout the book, Chomsky focuses his attention on the deterioration of domestic democracy in the United States and [...]

    • Anshu Raj Singh said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Propaganda is to democracywhat violence is to autocracy.Failed States starts with an extraordinary appeal issued to the people of the world, by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein in July,1955. According to them the choice facing the world is "stark and dreadful and inescapable: shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war".Chomsky says that the world has not only not renounced war, but the world's hegemonic power accords itself the right to wage war at will, under a doc [...]

    • Fiachna said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Noam Chomsky, reviled by the red-neck right is certainly a breath of fresh air to the political debate. Though to be honest, he's hardly fresh, having been around for so long.He research's methodically and puts forth such a cohesive and logical debate that only the most narrow minded and rabid of patriots could fail to be swayed by his arguments.He does what a true "Patriot" should do and examines the practices of those in power rather than blindly following and accepting unquestioningly.He poin [...]

    • Carmen Lamm said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Chomsky boggles my mind. I love him and hate him for making my brain ache, but it's like a good workout afterwards, and the adrenaline starts to run throughout your brain connecting neurons. This book in particular really points out without reasonable doubt, how and why the US is a failed state. This book helps you understand the intricate steps that the US takes to really fuck things over for ourselves and other countries. Chomsky uncovers the deception and unravels the steps in which the US ta [...]

    • Chris Brimmer said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Diatribe by a pompus windbag in love with his own intellect. Condesending to the reader, Chomsky wants you to know that he is wiser and smarter than you are and in an annoying suck tooth way is usually right. His points always seem overblown, hyper-stated and always imply evil intent of those he accuses breathlessly. Yet the most maddening thing about this book is that its right all the way down the line, proving once again that just because you're an asshole doesn't mean you're wrong.

    • illias said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      New life goal unlocked: Read Everything professor Chomsky has written

    • Jessica Heyer said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      The author of Failed States, Noam Chomsky, is a well-known author of political books and has been known to make controversial points backed with a slew of facts. This is also the case in Failed States, where he makes the argument that the U.S. has been making undemocratic, borderline treasonous actions in the name of national security. His timeline of these events ranges from the Cold War to modern day electronic spying, and the book is filled with references to events and people. Much of his a [...]

    • Diz said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      The basic premise of this book is that the United States should hold itself to the same standard that it asks other countries to uphold. Chomsky uses this book to point out how the it is failing to live up to those standards. I'm of the opinion that it's healthy to criticize the actions of government since it often leads to improvements. While Chomsky makes a lot of good points, he doesn't provide any concrete advice on how the United States can be put back on track. In fact, this a book that is [...]

    • J.M. Hushour said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      As usual, spot-on and illuminating, especially the bits on the 2004 election and the media's blathering, sycophantic crotch-fawning over their political and corporate masters.With an often wry sense of humor and irony which you might miss if you're not careful, Chomsky carefully dissects the notion of a 'failed state' and then spends a few hundred pages showing why he thinks we live in one.Even if you disagree with him, it's a place to start since unlike your Facebook arguments with people you d [...]

    • Josh Thies said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM


    • Ahmad Hossam said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      لا تحلموا بعالم سعيدفخلف كل قيصر يموتقيصر جديدذلك الشعور الطاغي بالإحباط والقهر الذي ينتابك بعد الفراغ من أحد كتب تشومسكي، المعرفة التي كشفت لك عن وجه العالم القبيح، والشعور باللاجدوى، لاجدوى الثورات ولاجدوى الكفاح لأجل الكرامة الإنسانية في وجود دولة مثل الولايات المتحدة [...]

    • miaaa said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      for once Graeme got a right book for me heheand Lams is right, reading this book might make me depressed because as Chomsky stated in the Afterword, 'One commonly hears that carping critics complain about what is wrong, but do not present solutions. There is an accurate translation for that charge: "They present solutions, but I don't like them." In addition to the proposals that should be familiar about dealing with the crises that reach to the level of survival, a few simple suggestions for th [...]

    • Owen said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Scholarly but readable work which will keep you on your toes as the author (or should I say the inimitable Chomsky) expects the reader to follow closely and pay attention, a reasonable expectation given the amount of work he has put in. Essentially, it is an examination of why the United States of America qualifies as a failed state, and the lengthy argument, well supported by notes and an index, may perhaps best be summarized by referring to Chomsky's own summary in the Afterword:«One commonly [...]

    • Daniel said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      It's noam chomsky bitch. get ready for hundreds of pages of articles being reviewed and countless journals being cited. Examines rhetoric versus policy and truisms as always. A lot of time spent on the Balkin wars which is nice since they are usually called the good humanitarian wars by statists dove interventionists. A lot of good memos reviewed, my personal favorite being the Blair files. Nicaragua, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq are probably the most discussed. The simulation scenarios of states [...]

    • Manuel said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      Comeza o libro cun leve pingalleo de feitos constatados que disturban ó lector, uns por coñecidos, outros por vagamente referenciados. Chomsky continúa aquí enfiando feitos ata desatar unha tormenta perfecta sobre a idea concebida, fabricada mediáticamente, do que en occidente entendemos por democracia e que enarbola un país que o autor fai constar a todas luces como pouco democrático, caótico e cunha población de costas ó seus gobernantes.É realmente fascinante comprobar como Chomsky [...]

    • Frank said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:18 PM

      In Failed States, Chomsky examines the notion of failed or rogue states and argues convincingly that the U.S. fits the definition of such a state.Defining such states as those "that regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and that suffer from a 'democratic deficit', having democratic forms but with limited substance", Chomsky provides significant evidence in support of his argument, including the U.S.'s lawless military aggression, self-exemption from internationa [...]

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