Cover of: Failed states | Noam Chomsky

About the Book

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

About the Edition

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

First Sentence

Half a century ago, in July 1955, Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein issued an extraordinary appeal to the people of the world, asking them "to set aside" the strong feelings they have about many issues and to consider themselves "only as members of a biological species which has had a remarkable history, and whose disappearance none of us can desire."

Table of Contents

Stark, dreadful, inescapable
Outlaw states
Illegal but legitimate
Democracy promotion abroad
Supporting evidence: the Middle East
Democracy promotion at home.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-300) and index.

Series
The American empire project

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
327.73009/0511
Library of Congress
E902 .C468 2006

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
311 p. ;
Number of pages
311
Dimensions
9.4 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
Weight
1.5 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7933155M
Internet Archive
failedstatesabus00chom
ISBN 10
0805079122
ISBN 13
9780805079128
LC Control Number
2006041961
OCLC/WorldCat
63680087
Library Thing
786878
Goodreads
12613
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