Ate of the world At these times I uickly learn the gaps I have in my knowledge of recent events I take an interest in politics but it is as if the world is set up to confuse and misinform At one of the recent lunches we were discussing Kosovo and how the NATO intervention had to happen to protect the region from ethnic cleansing and genocide Here at least one of my friends argued is a case of pure beneficence on the part of the US acting as it ought to act elsewhere Further it was an act that was unlikely to present the US with any benefit in and of itself There is no oil in Kosovo and therefore any aid the US presented was obviously done purely for altruistic motivesChapter Three of this book Illegal but Legitimate puts paid to this argument unfortunately The fact that there was no ethnic cleansing prior to the NATO bombing that the NATO bombing was clearly designed to incite precisely this response that much of what is said about this war is written backwards as if the convenient excuse for the bombing was manifest in what actually happened rather than completely contradicted by events all of this is explained in gut wrenching detailThe most shocking facts in the book however are about the assault on democracy that occurs in the US itself During the last presidential election in the US Kerry made sure that his policy to expand health insurance wouldn t result in a new government program as there was clearly no support for such an idea However surveys conducted prior to the election point out that two thirds of the electorate not only would favour extended health insurance they actually thought it was already a right of all Americans Whence this disjunct between what the public believe are the key issues and there are pages and pages of similar statistics and what their politicians feel even able to discuss Chomsky s answer is that corporatism is perverting the course of democracy away from what the people want and towards what provides corporations with power money and controlIf Chomsky proves one thing I think it is that Orwell was too optimistic in 1984 In that book Orwell assumed that people would seek the truth eventually they would react to the totalitarian tactics of those seeking to rule over them and rebel How na ve Now we don t even care that we are being lied to Our governments can take us to war in search of WMD and if they don t find any they don t even bother seeking to build their own Irai weapons site they just say Bugger oh well Saddam was a bad man anyway and once he even threatened to kill my daddy And people accept it At least in Orwell s 1984 those who rule find it necessary to lie we are so contemptible this is no longer felt to be necessary by our masters in the worst of casesIronically even here Chomsky proves that most Americans actually believe in the rule of law even support the United Nations role in International Relations Yet another example of the undemocratic disjunct between the US government and the will of the US peopleDemocracy is a gift from our forefathers it is too precious to give away without a fight If ou are not sure what it is that we are going to lose then this is a good book to read It really is time to become angry there is too much at stake otherwiseMany people I know make the smug statement that as everyone knows Americans just don t get irony Chomsky proves that this isn t the case His book has moments of blinding irony But the point is that idiots don t get irony but that is because they have been trained by our media by our culture not to think Whether they are in the US or Australia or Britain too many people are expected to disinherit themselves from the democratic process We must resist this despite the fact elections today are often anything but democratic we must do what we can to focus the minds of those being elected onto the issues that directly impact on the majority of the citizens of our countries Noam Chomsky is one of the greatest 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
undermined by the corporate media Failed States is an engaging relatively for Chomsky and lucid account of how the American government is acting as a negative force in the world today Chomsky gives insight into how the government manipulates facts and polls to create public opinion In America the government essentially tells ou 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 Such an intense book Masses of evidence condensed down into as close to the truth as we re ever going to get 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 New life goal unlocked Read Everything professor Chomsky has written 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
and undermined by the corporate media Failed States is an engaging relatively
over the stage than resulting in a crackdown of terrorist organisations once and for ever the stage than resulting in a crackdown of terrorist organisations once and for ever America s governmental 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 ou 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 ou 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 go fangirl about Noam Chomsky nowBye. Uilding beneath a caldera And that was America in the s as people’s lives fell apart with stunning swiftness which loosened their social bonds to the point of a cruelty which shocked the world People were so busy trying to obtain the basics that they America Is Acting Like a Failed State The Atlantic America Is Acting Like a Failed State Many businesses local governments and individuals are doing what is necessary to beat back the coronavirus with little help from the White House March Is Lebanon a Failed State? Here’s What the The August explosions in Beirut were the latest in a series of man made disasters that have led some experts to say Lebanon is becoming a failed state Fragile States Index | The Fund for Peace The Fragile States Index produced by The Fund for Peace is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure By highlighting pertinent issues in weak and failing states The Fragile States Index and the social science framework and software applicatio.
Should accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court ICC and the World Court sign the Kyoto protocols allow the United Nations to take the lead in international crises and rely on diplomatic and economic measures than military ones in the war on terror A large scale survey conducted in the US by independent bodies The first part simply a random string of inflammatory sarcastic statements Not particularly well crafted However it grew 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 great deal I am grateful for that My thoughts on Chomsky s previous USglobal politics book for the general 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 global politics I know he has published recent ones than this book which I found to be rather meandering I must prioritize clarity given 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 given their similar styles I used to get 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 this book 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 global terror in order to smash competition 2 Willingness to bypass domesticinternational laws thwarting actual participatory democracy One of the many dozens of books professor Chomsky has produced over several decades in this book as always he points out how hypocritical the behavior of the US government is It says one thing while doing another democracy promotion for example While allegedly trying to install a democracy in Ira democracy is desperately needed at home Chomsky makes this hypocrisy seem so obvious that it would be almost comical if it weren t so tragicUnfortunately Chomsky does seem to repeat himself The fact that the US is the only country that has ever been condemned by the World Court is something that the professor has said many times This is ofcourse important but this and similar facts have been iterated by him many times which to me feels a little like filler material for the book On the other hand he hands over plenty of interesting facts and opinions that I had not heard of before reading this book On the whole a very interesting read recommended for anyone even remotely interested in international politics Be warned though as with most if not all of Chomsky s books this is not exactly considered light reading by most people 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 we get 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 that people will when confronted with an alternative chose right Want proof Count the in our 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 greater 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 The sub title of this book is The abuse of and the assault on democracy The main thesis is that the United States fits the criteria generally presented as a failed state however when the US does its stuff both at home and abroad this dysfunctional society stuff Bush seems to have become a specialist in it is ignored or in fact not even noticed on the basis that as the world s only super power as the world s centre of power the US can simply write its own rules to suit Sometimes I meet up with a group of guys I used to work with and have a curry for lunch and we talk furiously about the st. Same ground In a way I like to get an idea of Chomsky's views on recent events and while his later books may give some insight unfortunately crits pour nuire : Littrature enfantine et subversion you tend to The Most Failed States On Earth Business Insider Everyear Foreign Policy releases the global metric of the most failed states These are the worst Failed States by Noam Chomsky | American Empire Praise for Failed States “Chomsky is a 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 ear 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 are growing surging about to explode often invisibly like magma There s a line in Victor Serge s Memoirs of a Revolutionary that comes back to me whenever I get 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 get that straight He s a gifted scientist and in some ways an admirable citizen But his worldview is so simple minded so rigidly 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 et 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 Governance and Politics in Africa 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 whatour political orientation is if Literatuur van de Moderne Tijd - Nederlandse en Vlaamse letterkunde in de 19e en 20e eeuw you don t learn something from Chomskyou re just not paying attention Published in the middle of the Bush II Seksuele geheimen van de man: moderne taostische liefdestechnieken 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 genetically predisposed anywayLuckily for my sluggish liberal conscience though I see no reason to take Chomsky seriously The guy 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 unlessou 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 to 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 glaring piece of chicanery Like any good 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 Guide to Glorantha Volume 1 you re saying Noam Was that cheesy PowerPoint presentation at the UN legit then Welles 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 Jordanian journalist was informed 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 getting almost as heavy as Chomsky s But ou 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 thingsstopping to notice the contradiction he informs us that the whole place was lousy with the things conveniently for his argument the US is still guilty since they provided the weapons or the aid to buy them back in the 80s and doubly guilty 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 ourself does he
even care whatcare what truth is Does it matter to him whether or not Hussein possessed WMDs Or that nuclear 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 this guy 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 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 When history is crafted in the service of power evidence and rationality are irrelevantHazrat Chomsky is very popular with Pakistani literati and for good reason as he presents the other aspects of the momentous world events which together makes the story somewhat completeConsider the very obvious and rational argument the top nation of the world n mero uno country of the world the mighty USA misbehaving openly flaunting imperiously rejecting all international laws it expects rogue and terrorist nations of the world to follow Trouble is USA and its foreign policies are the main reason why countries like North Korea and Iran are in their current state as every country in the world will consciously or subconsciously follow the leader copying its every move and behaviours Unfortunately for the world USA will not change why should it Why change a strategy which has got it at the top slot All the world has to do now is wait for an able contender for the throne In the meantime writers like Chomsky will have a field day arguing to their lefty brothers The book makes compelling reading though Check for Out of My Comfort Zone: The Autobiography yourself International court jurisdiction has proven inappropriate for the United States Condoleeza Rice 2005International law and court judgments are fine but only when they come out the right way Anything else is inappropriate for the United StatesWhy are the US nuclear facilities not open to IAEA like Ira and IranThe US has the right to attack any country that it thinks could attack it firstThe logic of the annexation of Texas was essentially attributed to Saddam Hussain when he conuered KuwaitA large majority of US public believe that the US. Failed States World Population The 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 corrupt government is one major reason Other reasons include civil wars genocide and ethnic violence A failed state can’t implement public policies infrastructure is not effectively Failed State The Sudden Descent of the United Soes 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. ,