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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy (original 2006; udgave 2006)

af Noam Chomsky

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The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state," and therefore a danger to its own people and the world. "Failed states," Chomsky writes, are those "that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, 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." Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Chomsky assesses Washington's escalation of nuclear risks; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and Americas's self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy.--From publisher description.… (mere)
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Titel:Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Forfattere:Noam Chomsky
Info:Hamish Hamilton Ltd (2006), Hardcover
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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy af Noam Chomsky (2006)

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The world’s foremost critic of U.S. foreign policy exposes the hollow promises of democracy in American actions abroad—and at home

The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene against “failed states” around the globe. In this much anticipated sequel to his international bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a “failed state,” and thus a danger to its own people and the world.

“Failed states” Chomsky writes, are those “that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, 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.” Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Chomsky assesses Washington’s escalation of the nuclear risk; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and America’s self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus 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, and its policies and practices have recklessly placed the world on the brink of disaster. Systematically dismantling America’s claim to being the world’s arbiter of democracy, Failed States is Chomsky’s most focused—and urgent—critique to date.
  Centre_A | Nov 27, 2020 |
This book will give you a whole new perspective on the terms Rogue State and Axis of Evil. While the US of A is the main protagonist, tagging along is it's ever obedient dog and toilet bowl, the UK.

A lesson to be learnt when you elect a retarded neanderthal to two terms. He and his coterie comprising mostly of satan's offspring.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
This book will give you a whole new perspective on the terms Rogue State and Axis of Evil. While the US of A is the main protagonist, tagging along is it's ever obedient dog and toilet bowl, the UK.

A lesson to be learnt when you elect a retarded neanderthal to two terms. He and his coterie comprising mostly of satan's offspring.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
En esta esperada continuación de su best-séller internacional Hegemonía o supervivencia, Noam Chomsky da la vuelta a la tortilla y nos muestra cómo Estados Unidos comparte rasgos con otros estados fallidos, y en consecuencia supone un peligro cada vez mayor para sus habitantes y el mundo en general.
Los estados fallidos, escribe Chomsky, son aquellos que carecen de capacidad o voluntad «para proteger a sus ciudadanos de la violencia y quizás incluso la destrucción» y ase consideran más allá del alcance del derecho nacional o internacional». Padecen un grave «déficit democrático» que priva a sus instituciones de auténtica sustancia. Al explorar los últimos avatares de la política exterior y nacional de Estados Unidos, Chomsky revela los planes de Washington para mili­tarizar aun más el planeta, evalúa las peligrosas consecuencias de la ocupación de Irak, documenta el modo en que Washington se salta las normas internacionales y también examina el diseño del sistema electoral estadounidense que elimina las alternativas políticas genui­nas e impide cualquier democracia efectiva.
Contundente, lúcido y meticulosamente documentado, Estados falli­dos ofrece un exhaustivo análisis de una superpotencia global que desde hace tiempo se arroga el derecho de remodelar otras naciones, mientras sus propias instituciones democráticas atraviesan una grave crisis y sus políticas y prácticas imprudentes sitúan el mundo al borde o del desastre nuclear y medioambiental. En su sistemático desmantelamiento de la falsa condición de árbitros mundiales de la democracia que se atribuye Estados Unidos, Estados fallidos es la crítica más centrada, y urgente, de Chomsky hasta la fecha.
  cafedespacio | Apr 15, 2012 |
http://pixxiefishbooks.blogspot.com/2008/05/failed-states-abuse-of-power-and.htm...

I studied Mass Communications in my undergrad, and I remember having to read a bit of Chomsky. I didn't like him. I had no idea what he was talking about. Only much later, when I rediscovered Chomsky, did it occur to me - I had only ever been exposed to Chomsky the linguist and never[1] Chomsky the media theorist or Chomsky the political junkie.

There's a number of his books on our bookshelves, and I am looking forward to eventually making my way through them. Chomsky is just too right too much of the time. This was a very good read.

In Failed States, Chomsky traces how the United States is increasingly fitting the profile of what are generally considered to be 'failed states'. Some salient points that stuck with me:[2]

* US military expenditures approximate those of the rest of the world combined, and the alleged fears over other countries strengthening militarily are likely less of a threat than the fact that the US already controls so much (shipping, etc.);

* the derision and outright aggression directed toward those intelligence experts who have exercised caution or tried to understand the roots of terrorism (i.e., anything beyond an 'us versus them' mentality);

* Washington's long-standing habit of exempting itself from international law when appropriate;[3]

* negotiations surrounding the Non-Proliferation Treaties of the late '90s and early '00s;[4]

* the credibility of intelligence in various international conflicts;

* the promotion of democracy and institutionalization of state-corporate control;

* the incredible lack of health care;[5] and,

* the intricacies of country-to-country relations (e.g., NAFTA, Cuba-Venezuela, etc.).

I'm a left-leaning small-l liberal who believes that corporate interests have taken over way more of our daily life than is healthy. So needless to say, I agree with Chomsky a lot. But even for those who might not agree so readily, he's pretty hard to argue against. His information is all painstakingly footnoted and documented. While no doubt there is a certain level of spin applied to what he is saying, you can't dismiss him as a crank. He is obviously knowledgeable and clearly interested in the future of the US. He also writes clearly (unlike his linguistics work which, having recently returned to one text out of simple curiosity, I still can't make heads or tails out of) and compellingly. Even for those who may not be hugely political persons, this book will surely interest and captivate.

[1] Or, to be fair to my program, never as far as I can remember, some 15 years later.

[2] Somewhat unfortunately, I am writing this book review almost two years after reading the book. I don't remember many details. However, somewhat fortunately, I did make liberal use of sticky tabs whilst reading this book.

[3] The particular passage that I marked had a mention of Michael Ignatieff, now the leader of the Liberal Party, and his apparent support of some of the violations of the Geneva Convention (see p. 54). I really must learn more about this.

[4] Including a quote from the recriminations from the head of Canada's delegations, Paul Martin (see p. 77). Yay for Canada references!

[5] Keeping in mind I read this book two years ago, that was waaaay before Obama's health care reform was even a twinkle in the electorate's eye. And it was hugely overdue (and one of the better signs of real common sense that I've seen coming out of the US in a really long time).
  pixxiefish | Apr 26, 2010 |
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The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state," and therefore a danger to its own people and the world. "Failed states," Chomsky writes, are those "that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, 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." Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Chomsky assesses Washington's escalation of nuclear risks; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and Americas's self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy.--From publisher description.

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