HEGEMONY OR SURVIVAL. America's Quest for Global Dominance. By Noam Chomsky. pp. New York: Metropolitan Books/. Henry Holt. There's a simple argument behind the convoluted prose of Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival, but the reality of Iraq shatters his. Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Imperial Ambitions and What We Say Goes. A professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics.


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This man is an encyclopedia of historical knowle I am positively drawn to hegemony or survival words of Chomsky for the following reasons: This man is an encyclopedia of historical knowlege, and the legitimacy of his conclusions cannot be denied. The assertions which seem to him incontestable, the thick and layered cynicism, hegemony or survival stoic application of morals no matter the context or scale.


The title refers to Chomsky's belief that the world has two options: American global hegemony, or the survival of the human race.

If the human race is to survive, America must cease it's quest, almost completed, for global dominance. However, he does not develop the reasons for this to be A quick read, and has a tone exactly like watching Chomsky speak.

However, he does not develop the reasons for this to be true, and instead spends the book discussing the last century of US foreign policy. hegemony or survival

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He asserts that western criticism of foreign human rights abuses is politically motivated, highlighting that while the U.

He discusses the U. He furthermore discusses the U. Chapter five, "The Iraq Connection", looks at the background to the Iraq War, beginning with an analysis of the activities of the Reagan administration in the s, who focused their military efforts in Central America and the Middle East.

Chomsky argues that Reagan's administration hegemony or survival fear and nationalist rhetoric to distract the public from the poor economic situation that the U. He examines the long relationship that the U.

Proceeding to critique the idea that the Bush II administration was genuinely concerned about threats to U. Exploring the dismissive attitude that the U. In the former, Chomsky argues, the U.

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In the latter, he has explored the role that the U. He explores the longstanding western exploitation of the Middle East for its oil resources, first by the British Empire and subsequently by the U. The eighth chapter, "Terrorism and Justice: Some Useful Truisms", looks at what Chomsky calls "a few hegemony or survival truths" regarding the criteria that is accepted for a conflict to be internationally recognized as a " just war ".

He argues hegemony or survival these truisms are continually ignored when it comes to the actions of the U.

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Exploring the concepts of "terror" and "terrorism", he argues that the U. As an example of such double standardshe highlights the public outcry at the killing of Leon Klinghoffera disabled American murdered hegemony or survival Palestinian militants incontrasting it with the complete U. Focusing in on the Afghan War — widely described as a "just war" in the U.

He argues that rather than helping to eradicate nuclear, chemical and biological weaponry, the U. Discussing the role of the U.

Imperial Grand Strategy[ edit ] "Maintaining a hold on political power and enhancing US control of the world's primary energy sources are major steps toward the twin goals that have been declared with considerable clarity: Adopting the term "Imperial Grand Strategy" from international affairs specialist John Ikenberry of Princeton Universityhe quotes Ikenberry on the nature of this doctrine and the manner in which it considers the "rule of force" to be more important than the "rule of law", thereby ignoring international law.

As a result, he argues that U. Preventative war refers to conflict waged to prevent a nation ever reaching the stage where it could become a potential threat, and according to Chomsky, under the regimes of Ronald Reagan, George H.

Bush and his son George W. Bush it has actively involved attacking "an imagined or invented threat" such as Grenada and Iraq. He differentiates this "preventative war" from " preemptive war ", which he argues can be justifiable under international law in cases hegemony or survival self-defence.