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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noam Chomsky Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against failed states around the globe. In this much-anticipated sequel to his international best seller Hegemony or Survival, Noam 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' self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy.

Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed States offers a comprehensive analysis of a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis, and its policies and practices recklessly place the world on the brink of nuclear and environmental disaster. Systematically dismantling America's pretense of being the world's arbiter of democracy, Failed States is Chomsky's most focused, and urgent, critique to date.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Danielle De Luca | 2/20/2014

    " A VERY DRY READ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shagatxulg | 2/17/2014

    " Noam Chomsky is always interesting to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Seth | 2/9/2014

    " The United States and our client states such as Israel are actively egaged in a campaign of tyrrany and terror around the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andy | 1/28/2014

    " Chomsky portrays the United States as a failed state because of the government's disregard for international law and the treaties the country has accepted as well as the lack of real democracy at home. There's a lot to go into with such a thesis. One interesting point is his reference to surveys indicating that the majority of those polled want more spent on health care, job creation, and global warming and less given to the military and big business. He sites these polls in a positive way but when the polls indicate that people are more religious or want to support Israel, he derides them. Or at least he seems to. Is he picking which opinions he finds valid and scoffing at those he doesn't respect or have I misinterpreted? I agree with the premise. There is a definite lack of democracy in the U.S. and the government has done a poor job on too many fronts to enumerate. The problem may come in that, if we had a real democracy, would we turn into the theocracy that we fear in Iran? Fundamentalists and their ilk may bring god into more decisions in our bedrooms while trying to shrink government in all other areas. Or maybe not, considering the expansion of government that happened under GWB. They hypocrisy of the neos is too extreme to make up but true believers believe. They don't need facts because they believe things. Facts are for losers. Faith is all one needs. "

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