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Failed states the abuse of power and the assault on democracy / Noam Chomsky.

By: Chomsky, Noam.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, C2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: 311 p. ; 24 cm. ill.ISBN: 0805079122.Subject(s): Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- | Unilateral acts (International law) | Security, International | Iraq War, 2003-2011 | War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 | Nuclear nonproliferation | United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-2009 | United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009DDC classification: 327.73 Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description | Sample text
Contents:
Stark, dreadful, inescapable -- Outlaw states -- Illegal but legitimate -- Democracy promotion abroad -- Supporting evidence: the Middle East -- Democracy promotion at home.
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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Book 327.73 CHO-F 2006 800855 (Browse shelf) Available 800855
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-300) and index.

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

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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