Failed States

Failed States

The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, [2006]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781427224286
1427224285
Additional Contributors: Sklar, Alan
Summary: 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.

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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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