Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky

Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

byNoam Chomsky

Kobo ebook | April 1, 2007

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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.

Title:Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global DominanceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 1, 2007Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read Chomsky at his best again. His writing style is blunt, to the point, and necessary. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative, but sometimes repetitive An informative, but sometimes repetitive, look at US foreign policy in relation to the quest for global dominance since World War II. Not an easy or pleasant read, but quite interesting. Chomsky really sets out to portray the US as the leading terrorist state.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No real surprises I’m surprised there are not more reviews on this. To begin with, Chomsky details the “grand arena” which he commonly does in several other books (necessary illusions, for example). He does this as to get his foot in the door for his argument/thesis. Honestly, when you’ve read a lot of Chomsky’s work, (books, articles, and interviews) it gets really repetitive. Also with his typical quotes of Madison/Hamilton to make the distinction of the elite/population. He nevertheless, outlines the Bush administration’s national security strategy to implement why the America is actively engaging in its current policies. He also goes in to discuss the propaganda war with weapons of mass destruction, the discipline and control of its own people of fear (recall rogue state) and legislation (patriot act). He makes some useful distinctions of what is meant by terrorism, its ambiguities, etc. It’s a good read, actually a good starting point for Chomsky beginners, or somebody who is interested in US policy, and the current US affairs of today. Nevertheless, Chomsky doesn’t really add anything “new” if you are familiar with his work, but if you’re not, then I would recommend it. For me, his insight into post 911 America isn’t really informative if you simply read between the newspaper’s lines.
Date published: 2005-02-25