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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gNoam Chomsky is one of thereatest scientists and men of letters in the world today however his virulent critiue of US 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 Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time government is acting as a negative force in the world today Chomskyives insight into how the Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders government manipulates facts and polls to create public opinion In America theovernment essentially tells you what to think The book focuses primarily on the George W Bush administration and the war in Ira but Chomsky also delves into other broader topics such as the failure of neoliberalism and the manner in which the United States has used its power and prestige within the United Nations as a bully pulpit Other important points are Reagan s intervention in Nicaragua and America s subseuent sabotage of Central America as a whole The US consistently uses coercion to depose democratically elected Socialist overnments despite the fact that we claim to bring democracy to areas of the world which lack it And how the US backed the coup of President Aristide the popular leader of Haiti However Chomsky ives us hope for the world Cuba and Venezuela still stand opposed to the American overnment s manner of doing things Although this book was published several years ago and the world is changing But things seem to be etting worse Our current president openly admits to spying on us and on foreign countries in many cases our supposed allies and does not seem to understand why there is widespread public disapproval on this matter Wow The first part simply a random string of inflammatory sarcastic statements Not particularly well crafted However it rew 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 than a few things In other words that he is trying too hard and exaggerating It makes me consider the other hand However maybe he wants me to do that He has clearly convinced himself to the point that he would welcome the readership s so called fact checking How closely are democracy and capitalism intertwined Is there a viable alternative to democracy that citizens would prefer Of course the assumption is that if these uestions had any place in US leaders minds they would find out rather than imposing We all know that it s about hegemony which is what makes this book often tiresome However it s certainly led me to investigate and think a reat deal I am I Was A Stranger grateful for that Mind BlownI 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 Ira war and all the other wars on terror have led to terrorists taking over the stage than resulting in a crackdown of terrorist organisations once and for ever that America sovernmental decisions and foreign policies do not represent the majority opinion of it s people Nevertheless this a bam in the face of America in the false democracy promises and in the actions of the states that claim and strive to apparently be the role models for the rest of the world again America Booya Noam Chomsky is a hero He is straightforward dauntless and very very wise It drips from every sentence of the book By now I have no idea what should I tell you it covers so many things from the Ira War to the Israeli Palestinian conflict Vietnam War Indonesian Wars the political details of them not historical but I can tell you it is an important readIt is not dry like most of the diplomacy books and has so much to offer than it claims to I ll o fangirl about Noam Chomsky nowBye There s a line in Victor Serge s Memoirs of a Revolutionary that comes back to me whenever I et 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 The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States get that straight He s aifted scientist and in *Some Ways An Admirable *ways an admirable But his WORLDVIEW IS SO SIMPLE MINDED SO is so simple minded so consistent that it becomes by its very excess of logic insane At some point in the last 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 The numbing array of facts and figures the uotes from obscure journals and technical literature the scathing denunciations of American perfidy such is Chomsky s endless Margaritaville But as Buffet could tell you sameness is soothing Sameness sellsBefore I try to explain 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 Published in the middle of the Bush II years Failed States is a depressing catalogue of cabalistic plots legal end runs and foreign policy debacles Even with all my defences up this book nearly sent me into an atavistic fit of anti American paranoia for which as a Canadian I m enetically predisposed anywayLuckily for my sluggish liberal conscience though I see no reason to take Chomsky seriously The uy is just massively dishonest not on the factual level where he s merely sneaky but on the rhetorical level Take the premise of Failed States Chomsky s mendacious little conceit here is that the United States exhibits many of the characteristics of a failed state That s right America is the new Somalia 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 ie a failed state is one that has simply ceased state is one that has simply ceased function His diagnosis is just an infantile bit of magical thinking it s a failed state because I say it is But that s nothing Let s look at a Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth glaring piece of chicanery Like anyood lefty Chomsky is dismissive of the Bush administration s claim that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling WMDs Fair enough No WMDs That s a truism by now But then in an astonishing admission Chomsky tells us that this is not uite accurate There were stores of euipment for developing WMDs in Ira after the invasion those produced in the 1980s thanks to aid provided by the United States and Britain among others Wait What You re saying Colin Powell was right all along Is that what you re saying Noam Was that cheesy PowerPoint presentation at the UN legit then Well yes he sort of is saying that but as usual he has a forensic rabbit up his sleeve See it turns out that Ira s WMD facilities were systematically looted following the invasion Most of the looting was from production sites for solid and liuid propellant missiles where about 85% of the euipment had been removed along with biotoxins and other materials usable for chemical and biological weapons and high precision euipment capable of making parts for nuclear and chemical weapons and missiles A 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Failed States World Population The 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts government of a failed state is unable to control its people or resources and there are very few – if any – public services available There are many reasons why a state would fail A predatory and corruptovernment is one major reason Other reasons include civil wars enocide and ethnic violence A failed state can’t implement public policies infrastructure is not effectively Failed State The Sudden Descent of the United So yes I’d known about failed states but it wasn’t until I read We Are Living in a Failed State by George Packer in the June Atlantic magazine that I began to seriously entertain the idea that my country was bouncing down the same flight of stairs As that article’s subtitle put it The coronavirus didn’t break America It revealed what was already broken The Monopoly of Failed States The Abuse of Power and the Assault Twisting the idea of the failed state July 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.
Noam Chomsky á 2 ReviewInformed by officials in charge of the Jordanian Irai border after US and UK forces took over that radioactive materials were detected in one of every eight trucks crossing into Jordan destination unknownNice work Noam What a scoop Biotoxins chemical weapons nuclear missiles Freaking truckloads of radioactive material Call Rumsfeld Tell him all is forgiven He can have his old office back as soon as Gates clears his shit outOkay my irony is etting almost as heavy as Chomsky s But you saw what he did there right First he tells us there were no WMDs Then without stopping to notice the contradiction he informs us that the whole place was lousy with the things But conveniently for his argument the US is still uilty since they provided the weapons or the aid to buy them back in the 80s and doubly uilty because they failed to secure all this military surplus after the invasionSo as always with Chomsky the US can t win for losing You have to ask yourself does he even care what the truth is Does it matter to him whether or not Hussein possessed WMDs Or that nuclear Hello, Snow! grade materials might have fallen into the hands of some really nasty characters No He couldn t care less He s just clutching blindly at the nearest polemical blunt instrument a crowbar here a two by four there anything ll do as long as he can use it to bludgeon the imperialists and their lackeys in the media The sad thing is that a lot of people people who no doubt pride themselves on their critical thinking skills take thisuy very seriously indeed Strangely it never occurs to them to apply the same scepticism to his work that they would to the eually dubious pronouncements of Rush Limbaugh or whomever Read him by all means learn from him But for God s sake be sure to check under the hood kick the tires and A Little Dinner Before the Play give the old CD changer a spin Even the smartest and most intellectually honest pundits are bound to be wrong around oh 70% of the time Chomsky is plenty smart but as far as I can see intellectual honesty is not among his virtues Such an intense book Masses of evidence condensed down into as close to the truth as we re everoing to et 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 debate which at the time over 70% of Americans were desperate for but now ironically hangs in the balance due to the lack of public finances caused directly by the aforementioned meltdown All of this to the backdrop of a continuously limited democracy in America being hijacked and misdirected by big business and the media Amazing if depressing foresight Is this the ultimate end for Democracy in Capitalists states where truth and public knowledge is lost to profits Even with Obama now trying to write the wrongs of the Bush era I think it s too late for America to save itself FROM itself There are just too many fatally deep issues that need dealing with in the country and abroad now I can t currently foresee anything but the fall of America and the rise of China as the next world super power My thoughts on Chomsky s previous USglobal politics book for the eneral public also applies strongly to his follow up Missing Of the many books by Chomsky I must say I would start elsewhere1 Intro Understanding Power The Indispensable Chomsky is the perfect place to start fantastic editing The Essential Chomsky has some of his key essays as well 2 Media propaganda Necessary Illusions Thought Control in Democratic Societies for elouent analysis A and Manufacturing Consent The Political Economy of the Mass Media for comparative case studies3 Intro to current Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch global politics I know he has published recent ones than this book which I found to be rather meandering I must prioritize clarityiven the overwhelming amount of evidence Chomsky has to prove his points The Good I read Hegemony or Survival America s uest for Global Dominance and this book back to back uite early on and Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood given their similar styles I used toet them mixed up Indeed they share major themes The main reason for reading Chomsky s views on world politics is to evaluate his synthesis of all his readings and how he prioritizes I still think it is a sound foundation to start from1 Global power relations 101 reviewing 20th century history Systematic overview case study comparisons to reveal who are the actual aggressors Imperialism 101 2 Once we debunk the propaganda about terror and freedom we can unpack how aggression and exploitation is driving 2 existential threats nuclear proliferation environmental catastrophe 3 How is public opinionparticipatory democracy curtailed The
Uniue Theme Of Thistheme of this is to use the popular Western interventionist propaganda concept of Failed States and apply it to the United States with consistent application of criteria of course1 Unwillingness to protect its citizens debunking the War on Terror and connecting it with US s extensive support for Forbidden Reading global terror in order to smash competition 2 Willingness to bypass domesticinternational laws thwarting actual participatory democracy 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 weet 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 away from reading a book by Chomsky knowing that one has been lied to and feeling furious at those who have done the lyingHow much easier the world must have seemed when the evil empire was the Soviet Union and that was where Orwell s vision of 1984 was being played out Now we are all Winston Smiths though some of us haven t worked out just how many lies we have been told are being told need to be toldThis might make reading Chomsky sound like reading a book by the ultimate conspiracy theorist No the most frightening thing about Chomsky is that he does not reuire there to be a conspiracy the system maintains itself the system is self correctingThis is even a shocking book than Naomi Klein s The Shock Doctrine Why It is hard to say Perhaps it is because I came away from reading Chomsky feeling that there is little or no hope for the world Chomsky has hope it is just this is based on people doing what is right and I ve seen too little evidence that people will when confronted with an alternative chose right Want proof Count the SUVs in your street 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 monstrositiesTake Chomsky s view of the possibility of there being a nuclear war Since the end of the Cold War one would be excused for thinking that this would seem like an incredibly unlikely outcome that it would seem to have been an eventuality that we have somehow managed to avoid But as Chomsky makes plain we are at reater risk now than ever before partly because we think we are under no threat at all Nuclear disarmament that s so 1980s The sub title of this book is The Abuse Of
"Power And The Assault "And The Assault Democracy The abuse of power and the assault on democracy The thesis is that the United States fits the criteria ene. Same Future Focus ground In a way I like toet an idea of Chomsky's views on recent events and while his later books may Major Problems in American Urban and Suburban History: Documents and Essays give some insight unfortunately you tend to The Most Failed States On Earth Business Insider Every year Foreign Policy releases thelobal metric of the most failed states These are the worst Failed States by Noam Chomsky | American Empire Praise for Failed States “Chomsky is a A Sting in the Tale global phenomenon perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet” The New York Times Book Review Buy the Book About the Author Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political works including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States A laureate professor at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus of Of The Most Failed States In The World YouTube There are numerous failed state indices released every year that rank the countries of the world based on their status in several categories These include h America Was Already a Failed State It’s About to So a failed state is a place where despair rage and frustration arerowing surging about to explode often invisibly like magma