Failed States

Failed States

[the Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy]

Audiobook CD - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Offers a comprehensive analysis of the foreign and domestic policies of the United States, a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis.

McMillan Palgrave
The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily 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 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.

Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed State: America 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 recklessly place the world on the brink of nuclear and environmental disaster. Systematically dismantling America's pretense of being the world's arbiter of democracy, Failed State is Chomsky's most focused-- and urgent--critique to date.

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


Baker
& Taylor

The sequel to Hegemony or Survival offers a comprehensive analysis of the foreign and domestic policies of the United States--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. Simultaneous.

Publisher: New York : Audio Renaissance, p2006
ISBN: 9781593979393
1593979398
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr.) : | sound recording 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Sklar, Alan

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Dec 21, 2016

An extremely critical interpretation and analysis of the USA and the uses of state power, mostly in foreign affairs and also for domestic control. The type of analysis is realistic (states are the political actors, whose actions are known by state policy) and is subject to withering social-democratic moral criticism. Its ten hours of non-stop polemics. Although he does say he is only taking a critical look, the relative lack (with a few exceptions) of anything good to say about the USA could lead one to think he's describing the Great Satan. The narrator's voice is awful: its strong and deep, but sounds like a horror movie advertisement... for ten hours!

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Party_of_five
Jun 09, 2010

I was looking to hear a different perspective on international relations but only found a anger based half researched summary. Its anti-Americanism is hard to weed through and many historical references are only shown from the narrowest perspective. While it may be true that the Americans are guilty of many errors in international relations, the listener quickly tunes out as there does not seem to be a balance to the authors assertions. I couldn't finish it because the parts I did listen already felt like a waste of my time.

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