100 Ways America Is Screwing Up the World

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Social Science - 288 pages
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What do George W. Bush, Wal-Mart, Halliburton, gangsta rap, and SUVs have in common? They're all among the hundred ways in which America is screwing up the world. The country that was responsible for many, if not most, of the twentieth century's most important scientific and technological advancements now demonizes its scientists and thinkers in the twenty-first, while dumbing down its youth with anti-Darwin/pro-"Intelligent Design" propaganda. The longtime paragon of personal freedoms now supports torture and illegal wiretapping—spreading its principles and policies at gunpoint while ruthlessly bombing the world with Big Macs and Mickey Mouse ears.

At once serious-minded and satirical, John Tirman's 100 Ways America Is Screwing Up the World is an insightful, unabashed, entertaining, and distressing look at where we've gone terribly wrong—from the destruction of the environment to the promotion of abhorrent personal health and eating habits to the "wussification" of the free press—an alternately admonishing and amusing call to arms for patriotic Blue America.

 

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Contents

Altering the Earths Climate
1
Television 6 3 The Cold
6
Dumping Toxins
14
The Tragic Failure of Neoliberalism
17
Blood for
22
Agribusiness
25
The Reagan Doctrine
28
The War in Vietnam
33
53
139
Cuba
143
Oceans
145
56
147
Supporting Apartheid
149
The Very Expensive Fissionable Atom
153
AIPAC
155
60
157

The Waltons Go Global
35
Gilded Democracy
39
Nourishing the Seeds of Islamic Militancy
43
Spreading the Word
46
Petroleum Dependency
50
The American Dream
53
How Not to Stop an Epidemic
56
Reaganism
60
Nuclear Weapons
63
Genocide
66
A Rogues Gallery of Dictators
69
xix 11 14 17 22 25 28
77
The War on Terrorism
79
Six Splendid Little Wars
82
33
86
35
88
Big Pharma
90
The Weapons Habit
93
Demise of Public Health
96
39
99
Billary
101
Defense Contractors
104
We Dont Do Body Counts
108
43
110
Torture
113
Consumerism
115
46
118
The Failed Presidency of George W Bush
122
Liberal Hawks
124
The Puritanical Ethic
126
50
129
Empty Headed Threats of War
132
America as Victim
135
Voodoo Foreign Policy
159
McDonaldization
162
63
164
Mel Gibson
166
The New York Times and the Washington Post
168
66
172
The Selfhelp Mania
174
Destroying the Left Bankrupting Democracy
177
69
179
The Deadly Reach of Patio Furniture
182
Just Put on a Happy Face
184
The Killing Fields of Death Row
187
The New Age
190
Committees of the Imperious
192
Forgetting History
194
Were Number One
196
Whose Side Are You On?
199
The Magic of Processed Food
203
The Filthy Rich
205
Family Planning the Extremists Way
208
The Imperial City
210
Commercialization of Sports
213
Damsels in Distress
215
Disney Inc
217
Las Vegas
220
Christmas
222
The Miami Relatives
225
P R
227
Abuses of the Work Ethic
230
Paris Hilton and Celebrity Culture
232
91100 Ten Annoyances
236
Ten Things America Does Right in the World
247
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John Tirman is executive director of MIT's Center for International Studies. He is the author, or coauthor and editor, of nine books on international affairs. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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