Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

Hegemony or Survival America s Quest for Global Dominance Reading Chomsky today is sobering and instructive He is a global phenomenon perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet The New York Times Book ReviewAn immediate national bests

Reading Chomsky today is sobering and instructive He is a global phenomenon perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet The New York Times Book ReviewAn immediate national bestseller, Hegemony or Survival demonstrates how, for than half a century the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staki Reading Chomsky today is sobering and instructive He is a global phenomenon perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet The New York Times Book ReviewAn immediate national bestseller, Hegemony or Survival demonstrates how, for than half a century the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe Our leaders have shown themselves willing as in the Cuban missile crisis to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks World renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky investigates how we came to this perilous moment and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species.With the striking logic that is his trademark, Chomsky tracks the U.S government s aggressive pursuit of full spectrum dominance and vividly lays out how the most recent manifestations of the politics of global control from unilateralism to the dismantling of international agreements to state terrorism cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our existence Lucidly written, thoroughly documented, and featuring a new afterword by the author, Hegemony or Survival is a definitive statement from one of today s most influential thinkers.

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  1. 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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  1. I am positively drawn to the words of Chomsky for the following reasons he is unflinchingly honest, he writes with a dispassionate demeaner that appears to be completely disinterested, he is never episodic, and the implications of what he writes are startling and desperately important.Chomsky writes very matter of factly, using occasional sarcasm, but never retreating to overblown rhetoric His quote heavy prose is straightforward and undeniable This man is an encyclopedia of historical knowlege, [...]

  2. A quick read, and has a tone exactly like watching Chomsky speak The assertions which seem to him incontestable, the thick and layered cynicism, the stoic application of morals no matter the context or scale The title refers to Chomsky s belief that the world has two options American global hegemony, or the survival of the human race If the human race is to survive, America must cease it s quest, almost completed, for global dominance However, he does not develop the reasons for this to be true, [...]

  3. I think that the issue of hegemony vs valid self interest is a complex issue, and depending on your political biases, Chomsky may be a good place to start Hegemony or Survival, like most of Chomsky s books on foriegn policy issues, gives a good window into what he has written on those issues As a mildly idealistic pragmatist, I appreciate the critique of hegemony but did not feel that the analysis and factual assertions were adeaquate to enhance my understanding I felt let down by a writer who w [...]

  4. What to conclude about U.S foreign policy from Chomsky s fierce, eye opening critique Simply put, the policy is to dominate and control the world politically and economically by wielding an unmatched and ever expanding military power to crush whomever it deems a threat whenever it wants.Hence, the title hegemony refers to the current trajectory of U.S foreign policy accelerated by Bush II primarily by way of his doctrine of preemptive war in the aftermath of 9 11 while survival refers to the que [...]

  5. An incredibly interesting initial argument that gets so battered over the head and dissected utilizing the same damn historical case studies over and over that I could barely finish this book Chomsky s logic is absolutely sound and the history backs him up But this book would read infinitely better as a conference paper or as ONE chapter versus the rambling, jumpy, and sometimes amateur analysis it offers instead Chomsky also seems to suffer here from a real bad case of organization sections ded [...]

  6. Chomsky is ruthless in this book He extensively quotes elected officials, academics and news pundits to expose the jingoistic neoliberal agenda America has pursued for decades Most shocking to me is the candor used by officials when talking about the brutal and exploitative methods America uses to establish power around the world From the support of murderous dictators to the outright disposal of democratically elected officials that do not support American business interests Chomsky reveals tha [...]

  7. With crystal clear prose and thoroughly researched and copiously footnoted detail, Noam Chomsky reveals the current Iraq war to be just the most recent in a line of ultra right nationalist aggression by both of the dominant political parties of America as they force often successfully an elitist American agenda to the forefront of world politics Chomsky logically connects the current situation with past American terrorism waged against Nicaragua, Cuba, etc The man is without question one of Amer [...]

  8. Diatribe against American imperial policies.Early on, Chomsky warns his reader not to confuse state power with a country and its people One can be critical of state policy while praising the country and its culture Interestingly enough, one reviewer on has fallen into that trap and assumes that since Chomsky is critical of the current administration, he must hate America too.Chomsky documents how the Monroe Doctrine has shaped American policy, both foreign and domestic for the past 150 years He [...]

  9. My first Noam Chomsky book although I have read articles and excerpts from him This is a great book that details U.S foreign relations policies up to 2004 Subject matter wise he is THE expert Not only has he done his homework through diligent research he also puts these complex, multi layered, and nuanced problems into the light If you live in a world where you think the U.S is perfect and altruistic in its dealings with the rest of the world you may not want to read this book as it will put all [...]

  10. This is a long refutation of the concept that it is helpful to security or morally right to maintain American hegemony It is also, to a lesser extent, a refutation of that democratic peace theory the theory that democratic countries go to war with each other less somehow contributes to increased world peace The book is a scathing indictment of American foreign policy which is equal parts nightmarishly frightening talks about American terrorist actions and somehow also totally boring I think it s [...]

  11. Chomsky, use your words To be fair, I wasn t actually able to finish it yet but do intend to as it is a thesis demanding attention however, I did get far enough to shake my judgmental fist How can entire paragraphs let alone pages of text be comprised entirely of a string of isolated quotes by other sources with no context It was like compilation essay s by an inexperienced schmuck of an undergrad lacking any semblance of an original thought in his head or influence not a renowned author orator [...]

  12. Any caring non Americans knew what USA did and is doing Noam Chomsky just managed to write it down into one neat book.

  13. Few contemporary intellectuals divide opinion quite like Chomsky To his defenders, he sets out an irrefutable case that US history is dominated by an underlying imperialistic aim that is self serving, hypocritical and essentially malign To his detractors, his argument often boils down to US capitalism is responsible for the world s problems, violent resistance to its proliferation is inevitable, therefore that too is the fault of capitalism In truth, I ve yet to be wholly convinced by Chomsky s [...]

  14. In case you re not familiar, this is the book that Hugo Chavez cited at the UN, the day he was railing against the US and calling Dubya the devil and whatever else A group here in town was doing kind of an impromptu book group reading of it, so I thought I d join in I knew that few of them had read Chomsky before, and being liberals I wondered what they d think Personally, I m a little ways left of liberal, but I m not the world s biggest Chomsky fan Before this one I had read some short stuff f [...]

  15. Not to have read him is to genuinely court ignorance NationThis quote, on the back cover, just about sums it up With each passing page you become aware that you know next to nothing about events in the world today, and specifically how much the US is involved In fact, it is unlikely that you will initially believe how many pies the US has its fingers in The portrayal of events feels extremely conspiratorialist, but the evidence is all expounded upon at great length.The book assumes knowledge o [...]

  16. Chomsky, long recognized as a leading far left writer and thinker, has something of a defining book in Hegemony or Surivival In some ways, his reflective work on the U.S s involvement in global affairs is important and instructive in 2013, than when the book was published in 2003 Not only does Chomsky give a frightening but comprehensive view of where we are as a country, he details the dark dirty wars that are still largely unknown to the US public Whether the killing of six Jesuit Salvadorian [...]

  17. Talks all about the first war on terror in the 80 s, and the destruction it caused, the failed attempts by the opressed to get america out of their country and to stop killing everyone, America s stranglehold on the UN He spells out how America is so full of shit by the application of double standards, both philosophically and in the UN, where the rules don t apply to it It s a pretty sad state of affairs really, when a person or entity is so full of shit as to pronounce vigorously one thing and [...]

  18. Another Chomsky screed, this being an overview of the history of modern American foreign policy in light of its contemporary occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq in the ostensive cause of fighting terrorism Chomsky demonstrates again and again and again that the real, the maximum terrorist is the United States of America.I believe I bought this book at the Evanston Library booksale and lost it by leaving it in the washroom at work I hope the finder reads the thing.

  19. Read this book, or live in America at your own peril To paraphrase one reviewer, to not read Chomsky is to court ignorance.

  20. An absolutely eye opening of US policies that is a must read if you re seeking to make sense of what is happening and why.The book never fails to expose the US government s quest for global domination Chomsky discusses how US foreign policy has been designed to mostly serve elite economic interests since the end of WW II and how US support for dictators who have brutally repressed their citizens and organized labor Also as military technology has become lethal, Chomsky believes that humanity ha [...]

  21. Mucho ejemplo real, pero mezclando la necesidad con la opci n G nero Ensayo.Lo que nos cuenta El libro Hegemon a o supervivencia publicaci n original Hegemony or Survival America s Quest for Global Dominance, 2003 , con el subt tulo El dominio mundial de EEUU, es un repaso a la estrategia imperialista de los Estados Unidos de Am rica que, mediante acciones agresivas desde lo pol tico y lo militar, buscaba primero la primac a mundial y ahora, tal vez, enlentecer el declive de su poder o que, hace [...]

  22. After a couple years of watching Chomsky videos on YouTube, I finally hunkered down and decided to make this the first book of his I read Definitely didn t disappoint His knowledge and analysis of world affairs is exhaustive and it s hard to keep up with just how many awful things are highlighted in this book Great resource if you re interested in American foreign policy in general but specifically our interventionism in the Middle East and Central America If there s any shred of your psyche sti [...]

  23. I should add that Chomsky goes into important issues of humanitarian intervention, in the military sense, in particular with regard to Kosovo Published post 9 11, 2003, this is as all Chomsky s work indispensable to understanding what s going on in the world and power s role in effecting it To readers not well acquainted with Chomsky s writings, this and all his work are likely to seem unbelievable, terribly far fetched, just too crazy to be true After all, we grew up to know not just believe bu [...]

  24. Foreign Policy from a Disdent View This book is simply fantastic in my opinion As critique of U.S foreign policy for the past 50 year, the writing is exceptional for its clarity and depth Chomsky methodically picks apart the multiple aspects of foreign relations economic, military, cultural, and places them within the grand context of America s strategic aims for maintains its role as leader of the world Dismissing what is said on governments behalf and focusing on the much accurate indicator o [...]

  25. Noam Chomsky provides yet another sweeping political indictment of the United States, and this time he places the human species entire as potential victims of far right elite power This volume is extraordinarily broad and far reaching Chomsky discusses the Bush doctrine, Iraq, the Middle East, Globalization, the Cold War, and Nuclear proliferation to name justa few His scholarship is praiseworthy, although he continues to overstretch himself On the issue of the FRY, Chomsky continues to make fal [...]

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