Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs

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Haymarket Books, Aug 3, 2015 - Political Science - 266 pages
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The bestselling author and activist “has delivered another impressive argument that the U.S. flouts international law when it finds it convenient to do so” (Publishers Weekly).

In this still-timely classic, Noam Chomsky argues that the real “rogue” states are the United States and its allies. Chomsky turns his penetrating gaze toward US involvement in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America to trace the enduring combined effects of military domination and economic imperialism on these regions.

“Noam Chomsky is like a medic attempting to cure a national epidemic of selective amnesia†.†.†. [Rogue States is] a timely guide to the tactics that the powerful employ to keep power concentrated and people compliant†.†.†. Chomsky’s work is crucial at a time when our empire perpetually disguises its pursuit of power under the banners of ‘aid,’ ‘humanitarian intervention,’ and ‘globalization.’ Americans have to begin deciphering the rhetoric. Chomsky’s a good place to start.” —The Village Voice

“World-famous MIT linguist Chomsky has long kept up a second career as a cogent voice of the hard left, excoriating American imperialism, critiquing blinkered journalists and attacking global economic injustice.” —Publishers Weekly

“Nothing escapes [Chomsky’s] attention†.†.†. [Rogue States is] wonderfully lucid.” —PeaceWork

Praise for Noam Chomsky

“Chomsky is a global phenomenon†.†.†. perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet.” —The New York Times Book Review

“The conscience of the American people.” —New Statesman

“One of the radical heroes of our age†.†.†. a towering intellect†.†.†. powerful, always provocative.” —The Guardian
 

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User Review  - orangetwin - LibraryThing

Insightful and recommended. If you're new to Chomsky, you learn a lot, but it's a fragmented read. Not one of his greatest, but a valuable and interesting book regardless. Read full review

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User Review  - fpagan - LibraryThing

Here Chomsky finds the US and other first-world countries to be rogue states vis-ŗ-vis many places such as Iraq, Kosovo, Colombia, East Timor, Cuba, Guatemala. Read full review

Contents

Who Qualifies?
1
2 Rogue States
15
3 Crisis in the Balkans
43
4 East Timor Retrospective
65
5 Plan Colombia
79
David vs Goliath
105
Latin America
119
8 Jubilee 2000
129
11 The Legacy of War
197
12 Millennium Greetings
219
13 Power in the Domestic Arena
237
14 Socioeconomic Sovereignty
251
List of Abbreviations
271
Books by Noam Chomsky Cited
273
Notes
275
Index
305

A Crooked Path
137
10 The United States and the Challenge of Relativity
157
About the Author
320
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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

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