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An incredibly interesting initial argument that gets so battered over the head and dissected utilizing the same damn historical case studies over and over that I could barely finish this book Chomsky s logic is absolutely sound and the history backs him up But this book would read infinitely better as a conference paper or as ONE chapter versus the rambling, jumpy, and sometimes amateur analysis it offers instead Chomsky also seems to suffer here from a real bad case of organization sections dedicated to describing a particular episode of America s neoimperialism in some part of the world will hop backwards and forwards to other historical moments that may establish the same sort of argument And the repetition of the same culminating point USA hegemon is just tiresome and plainly needs some nuancing Because frankly this whole book just comes off as radical and alienating Bad case of the genius maybe 2 stars. DOWNLOAD KINDLE ♗ Hegemony or Survival ☫ An Immediate National Bestseller, Hegemony Or Survival Demonstrates How, For Than Half A Century The United States Has Been Pursuing A Grand Imperial Strategy With The Aim Of Staking Out The Globe Our Leaders Have Shown Themselves Willing As In The Cuban Missile Crisis To Follow The Dream Of Dominance No Matter How High The Risks World Renowned Intellectual Noam Chomsky Investigates How We Came To This Perilous Moment And Why Our Rulers Are Willing To Jeopardize The Future Of Our SpeciesWith The Striking Logic That Is His Trademark, Chomsky Tracks The US Government S Aggressive Pursuit Of Full Spectrum Dominance And Vividly Lays Out How The Most Recent Manifestations Of The Politics Of Global Control From Unilateralism To The Dismantling Of International Agreements To State Terrorism Cohere In A Drive For Hegemony That Ultimately Threatens Our Existence Lucidly Written, Thoroughly Documented, And Featuring A New Afterword By The Author, Hegemony Or Survival Is A Definitive Statement From One Of Today S Most Influential Thinkers My focus for re reading this Bush era junior, the painter critique of American s foreign policy is to assess its accessibility However, a side tracked foray into reading some negative reviews turned into a useful exercise The Criticisms Let s review the common negative reactions 1Cynical , alienating , radicalThe curious activist s dilemma between being accessible to build mass movements , and being principled Chomsky dives in without complex verbiage, but also does not do much hand holding The irony is the corporate interests that often drive US military actions are absurdly cynical towards world public opinion, the surplus populations Chomsky defends public opinion against the 0.1%, how cynical During times when unabashed colonialism, or slavery, or women as property, or godly kings were naturalized by a lifetime of conditioning, simply restating the status quo condition as if it was unacceptable would elicit accusations of being cynical There is a status quo bias where every trait of the status quo is associated with the current fruits of society, thus how can we havewithoutRinse and repeat Status quo society is assumed as homogeneous, where every component contributes positively except poor vulnerable people apparently , so who are you to step out of line as a radical and challenge our heroes, our way of life, our founding fathers How alienating 2Unnuanced bias against valid self interest , one dimensional , inconsiderate of context scale , unfamiliar sources The next step is to rationalize the initial emotional response in an empirical manner Thus, we find a curious phenomenon Chomsky 1 compares US military actions with the rest of the world s actions international law yes, it exists public opinion including US public to demonstrate US military as the outlier and leader in terrorism aggression, and further 2 Western media s bias by simply defining different rules for our side Terrorism is what others do what we do has a moral end regardless of the means how convenient Reaction Chomsky is being one sided Okay in what way i Why is Chomsky not detailing the acts of terror by the other sideActually, Chomsky does provide illustrative comparisons a key idea in this book is universality, using the same standard for both sides But the point of this book is to expose the majority side of terrorism that is completely ignored mis framed curious how look at the other side look the other way often results in missing the big picture This book covers a lot of 20th century history, so those without a grasp of the subject will get a sense of jumping around for detailed, direct comparisons, see Manufacturing Consent The Political Economy of the Mass Media ii Bias against valid self interestHere, I would say this book isbare bones as it relies on basic concepts like universality There will be those who need to first walk through concepts like class analysis, media propaganda, nationalism, etc before they can acknowledge that US veterans starving in the streets while its military industrial complex tops the list in arms sales to despots might indicate conflicting and less than noble self interest Easier places to start Understanding Power The Indispensable Chomsky onepoint on Chomsky being cynical and alienating once you decouple the elite s self interest for war profits from the self interest of their disposable public, you realize that Chomsky is astoundingly positive towards public opinion and its impact mass protests in the 20th century Necessary Illusions Thought Control in Democratic SocietiesForeign policy of the 1% looking for somethingfiery Michael Parenti Prashad on the existential threat of nuclear proliferation The Doomsday Machine Confessions of a Nuclear War PlannerDetails on the science and economics of climate change Facing the Anthropocene Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System Mucho ejemplo real, pero mezclando la necesidad con la opci n G nero Ensayo.Lo que nos cuenta El libro Hegemon a o supervivencia publicaci n original Hegemony or Survival America s Quest for Global Dominance, 2003 , con el subt tulo El dominio mundial de EEUU, es un repaso a la estrategia imperialista de los Estados Unidos de Am rica que, mediante acciones agresivas desde lo pol tico y lo militar, buscaba primero la primac a mundial y ahora, tal vez, enlentecer el declive de su poder o que, hace a os, era indiscutible Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite What to conclude about U.S foreign policy from Chomsky s fierce, eye opening critique Simply put, the policy is to dominate and control the world politically and economically by wielding an unmatched and ever expanding military power to crush whomever it deems a threat whenever it wants.Hence, the title hegemony refers to the current trajectory of U.S foreign policy accelerated by Bush II primarily by way of his doctrine of preemptive war in the aftermath of 9 11 while survival refers to the question of whether the human race threatened by, among other things, the proliferation of nuclear weapons encouraged by U.S foreign policy will, in fact, survive.There are some who argue Chomsky s prose is dry I disagree It is spare, economical and extremely well organized, attributes that allow nothing to get in the way of the overwhelming evidence he presents of the United States government s arrogance, lies and brutality on the world stage.From the preemptive war doctrine and U.S support of terror in the Middle East and Latin America to its plans for the militarization of space, Chomsky leaves no room for American leaders lies from Kennedy to Reagan to Bush I to Clinton to Bush II to breathe.The question, Chomsky seems to be asking, is whether the freedoms the U.S does allow to petition your government, to access high level planning documents, to organize, to speak out, to vote, etc will be used by the public to reverse or blunt this hegemonic trajectory.He finds hope in the possibility, citing certain historic and current popular movements.I remember reading a little Chomsky back when I was a student at the University of Portland And I m glad now to reacquaint myself with his work His intellect is quite amazing I m intrigued by his work in linguistics and his other books on politics, as well as his professorship at MIT, and I plan to further immerse myself in his thinking He strikes me as a moral and admirable man Certainly, Hegemony or Survival is, at its core, an argument on behalf of morality.As I read Hegemony or Survival, I couldn t resist pulling up some speeches by Chomsky posted on the Internet Among his quotes, this is the one I love the most so far Whenever you hear something said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, wait a minute Is that true A lot of things are spoken with confidence in America so, too, in other countries although America seems to have made an entire industry out of bullshit , by leaders in government and business, by people on TV, by parents, etc.My question is, are enough of us making it a practice to ask the question Chomsky urges us to ask I d like to think so But I fear otherwise. Any caring non Americans knew what USA did and is doing Noam Chomsky just managed to write it down into one neat book. Chomsky is ruthless in this book He extensively quotes elected officials, academics and news pundits to expose the jingoistic neoliberal agenda America has pursued for decades Most shocking to me is the candor used by officials when talking about the brutal and exploitative methods America uses to establish power around the world From the support of murderous dictators to the outright disposal of democratically elected officials that do not support American business interests Chomsky reveals that the pursuit of American hegemony around the globe involves both Democrats and Republicans Kennedy, Reagan, Wilson Eisenhower, Johnson, Clinton, both Bushes and all in between have worked to establish ruthless American rule.While reading I remembered the years from Clinton to Bush and was struck by how much I believed in the lofty rhetoric being thrown around to justify invasions and bombings of foreign countries Chomsky does a very good job of showing how thinly veiled the actual motives of American power are Through his examples he lays out the prevailing ideology of American power and shows the callous logic that operates under that ideology Occasionally, Chomsky s snark becomes a little too much, although it is understandable considering the truly horrific war crimes, and the accompanying flowery narrative and systematic denial, he documents As I was reading I kept remembering a particular verse from the song Strange Ways by Madvillian The album came out only a few months after Chomsky s book, and I m going to end my review with the verse because it is a succinct formulation of what gets discussed in Hegemony or Survival They pray four times a day, they pray fiveWhose ways is strange when it s time to surviveSome will go of they own free will to dieOthers take them with you when they blow sky highWhat s the difference All you get is lost childrenWhile the bosses sit up behind the desksThat cost billions to blast humans in half, into calves and armsOnly one side is allowed to have bombsIt s like making a soldier drop his weaponShooting him, and telling him to get to steppingObviously, they came to portion up his fortuneSounds to me like that old robbery extortion A quick read, and has a tone exactly like watching Chomsky speak The assertions which seem to him incontestable, the thick and layered cynicism, the 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 true, and instead spends the book discussing the last century of US foreign policy His understanding of WWII, especially the economic and political dimensions, is, I believe, too simplistic As for the rest of the book, Chomsky quotes sources which he asserts to be authoritative, yet appeared unknown in many cases to me He would quote a person and assert them the preeminent scholar or expert in that subject, yet the names were usually unfamiliar Additionally, his conceptions of a just war seem to have no bearing on actual international relations theory Just War is a concept left over from the medieval christian European world and seems incongruous, arcane and unworkable in the today s globalized, technological and cosmopolitan world Yet, Chomsky harps on it for the penultimate chapter It should be remembered that, in reading or listening to Chomsky, he offers no advice on what the US government or any other government should do, either domestically or internationally He only offers criticism of what they have done And to him, everything, and I mean everything, that the US and other nations have ever done is selfish, amoral, warlike, callous, deceitful, hypocritical, etc., ad infinitum One wants to ask him Well, what SHOULD the US have done after 9 11 towards the Taliban Do you really think that would have worked is that even realistic That Chomsky offers only criticism is worth keeping in mind, as is the fact that, for him, private property and ownership under capitalism are root causes of man s injustice towards man Chomsky, you may know, is an Anarcho Syndicalist, a belief far off the left, into the rocky, wild and mostly un chartered expanses beyond even socialism or communism That someone with such Utopian and idealistic frankly, science fictioney views is hailed as one of the world s preeminent intellectuals is actually staggering However, Chomsky s final chapter on the militarization of space is perfectly structured, and that he ends with a quote by Bertrand Russell wins me back over to his side despite the many arguments I take with his other views.Still, this book as an exemplar of Chomsky s latest ideas and modes of argument should be confronted so as to test and challenge the reader on where they stand in today s geopolitical debates. I think that the issue of hegemony vs valid self interest is a complex issue, and depending on your political biases, Chomsky may be a good place to start Hegemony or Survival, like most of Chomsky s books on foriegn policy issues, gives a good window into what he has written on those issues As a mildly idealistic pragmatist, I appreciate the critique of hegemony but did not feel that the analysis and factual assertions were adeaquate to enhance my understanding I felt let down by a writer who was supposed to be an icon of sorts This is a feeling I commonly have as I learnabout a group or individual who pushes any kind of agenda or issue the analysis and fact often become one dimensional and dissatisfying as a window into understanding Chomsky s work, like other similar works and initiatives, should be seen not as a careful analysis but as an attempt to draw attention to an issue and, possibly, to influence or encourage people who don t have a taste forcomplexity It has validity in that sense But if you already realize the issue and are seeking understanding rather than a pat on the back or quotes to impress your like minded friends, you ll be disappointed I suppose there s some currency to be had in keeping up appearances And unfortunately, such works and initiatives become a waste of time for a reader like me, or, even worse, they provide an enticement to express displeasure and alienation.