Incoherent Empire

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Verso, 2005 - Political Science - 278 pages
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In this book noted sociologist Michael Mann argues that the "new American imperialism" is actually a new militarism that will bring disaster to the US and the world. The US is a military giant, better at devastating than pacifying countries. It is politically schizophrenic, split between multilateralism, unilateralism, and an actual inability to rule over foreign lands or control its own supposed client states. It is only a back-seat driver of the global economy, not steering but prodding poorer countries toward an unproductive and unpopular neoliberalism. Finally, it is an ideological phantom, proclaiming attractive values of freedom, democracy, and material plenty to the world, which its militarism brutally contradicts. Dissecting the military, economic, and political resources of the US, Mann concludes they are so lacking in comparison to earlier empires, and so uneven, as to generate only an incoherent empire and increasing world disorder.
 

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Contents

The New Imperialism
1
THE MILITARY GIANT
18
THE ECONOMIC BACKSEAT DRIVER
49
THE POLITICAL SCHIZOPHRENIC
80
THE IDEOLOGICAL PHANTOM
100
THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
123
THE WAR AGAINST MUSLIM TERRORISM
159
THE WAR AGAINST ROGUE STATES AND NORTH KOREA
194
IRAQ ATTACK
206
THE NEW MILITARISM
252
Index
269
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Michael Mann is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His major works include the prizewinning series The Sources of Social Power, Volume I: A History of Power from the Beginning to 1760 AD, and Volume II: The Rise of Classes and Nation-States, 1760-1914.

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