Hegemony Or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

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Macmillan, Nov 4, 2003 - Political Science - 278 pages
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From the world's foremost intellectual activist, an irrefutable analysis of America's pursuit of total domination and the catastrophic consequences that are sure to follow

The United States is in the process of staking out not just the globe but the last unarmed spot in our neighborhood-the heavens-as a militarized sphere of influence. Our earth and its skies are, for the Bush administration, the final frontiers of imperial control. In Hegemony or Survival , Noam Chomsky investigates how we came to this moment, what kind of peril we find ourselves in, and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species.

With the striking logic that is his trademark, Chomsky dissects America's quest for global supremacy, tracking the U.S. government's aggressive pursuit of policies intended to achieve "full spectrum dominance" at any cost. He lays out vividly how the various strands of policy-the militarization of space, the ballistic-missile defense program, unilateralism, the dismantling of international agreements, and the response to the Iraqi crisis-cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our survival. In our era, he argues, empire is a recipe for an earthly wasteland.

Lucid, rigorous, and thoroughly documented, Hegemony or Survival promises to be Chomsky's most urgent and sweeping work in years, certain to spark widespread debate.

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A bit denser and written less lucidly than my first Chomsky experience, "What Uncle Sam Really Wants." At parts I was a bit lost, but as my friends and family can attest, America via Chomsky really incensed me. The basic thesis of the book is very interesting, that America's leaders are less interested in the survival of humanity and more interested in American hegemony over the rest of the world. He does a good job, but a bit of the book is speculation (militarization of space) because humanity still, at this point, survives. 

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this isn't his best work, but it's really good for summaries of recent events, like in Kosovo, and his citations

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Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political works, from American Power and the New Mandarins in the 1960s to 9-11 in 2001. A professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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