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From World War II until the 1980s, the United States reigned supreme as both the economic and the military leader of the world. The major shifts in global politics that came about with the dismantling of the Eastern bloc have left the United States unchallenged as the preeminent military power, but American economic might has declined drastically in the face of competition, first from Germany and Japan ad more recently from newly prosperous countries elsewhere. In Deterring Democracy, the impassioned dissident ...
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Overview


From World War II until the 1980s, the United States reigned supreme as both the economic and the military leader of the world. The major shifts in global politics that came about with the dismantling of the Eastern bloc have left the United States unchallenged as the preeminent military power, but American economic might has declined drastically in the face of competition, first from Germany and Japan ad more recently from newly prosperous countries elsewhere. In Deterring Democracy, the impassioned dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky points to the potentially catastrophic consequences of this new imbalance. Chomsky reveals a world in which the United States exploits its advantage ruthlessly to enforce its national interests--and in the process destroys weaker nations. The new world order (in which the New World give the orders) has arrived.

In this highly praised and widely debated book, America's leading dissident intellectual offers a revelatory portrait of the American empire and the danger it poses for democracy, both at home and abroad. Chomsky details the major shift in global politics and economic potency and reveals the potentially catastrophic consequences of this new imbalance.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Chomsky regards the ``new world order'' proclaimed by Bush as a sham. What this phrase means, argues the noted MIT scholar, is that the U.S. will persist in its role as global enforcer of its own foreign policies. This meticulously researched, disturbing report offers a revelatory portrait of the U.S. empire in the 1980s and '90s, an ugly side of America largely kept hidden from the public by a complacent media. Chomsky criticizes the cynical U.S. invasion of Panama that ousted Bush's and Reagan's former friend and client, General Manuel Noriega, noting also that Washington supplied military assistance to Iraq before Saddam Hussein shifted status overnight from ``favored friend to new Hitler.'' In the Philippines, Africa and South America, Chomsky finds the same story: U.S. meddling to ``defend our interests'' brings increased poverty and political repression. June
Library Journal
This collection of essays emphasizes the destructive impact of American foreign policy in Central America. Supporting chapters interpret the origins of American global intervention, the creation of domestic consensus, and the effects of the ``war on drugs.'' Much effort is devoted to exposing the ``framework of illusion'' that obscures the real objectives of violent repression in the Third World, ``punishing the underclass'' at home and protecting the conditions for ``business rule'' generally. Some readers will find Chomsky's style exaggerated and tendentious. Few scholars believe a 1952 Soviet proposal for a neutral unified Germany were remotely as straightforward as Chomsky assumes. Nevertheless, the author's sheer intellectual power and his command of sources amounts to a troubling indictment of Washington's official lies and sanctioned brutality, a situation unchallenged by the mainstream press. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-- Zachary T. Irwin, Pennsylvania State Univ.-Erie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466801530
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/6/1992
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,176,899
  • File size: 578 KB

Meet the Author


Noam Chomsky, the Ferrai P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the Masschusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of many books on both langauge and politics, including most recently Rethinking Camelot: John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, and U.S. Political Culture; Language and Thought; and World Orders, Old and New.
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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 Cold War: Fact and Fancy 9
1 The Cold War as Ideological Construct 9
2 The Cold War as Historical Process 19
3 Before and After 33
4 Bolsheviks and Moderates 37
5 The Foundations of Policy 45
6 The Next Stage 59
2 The Home Front 69
1 The "Unimportant People" 69
2 Political Successes 73
3 The Achievements of Economic Management 81
4 Restoring the Faith 86
5 Public Vices 86
3 The Global System 89
1 Separation Anxieties 89
2 The Changing Tasks 91
3 Containing "Gorby Fever" 94
4 The Community of Nations 96
5 The Silver Lining 97
6 The Soviet Threat 100
4 Problems of Population Control 107
1 "The Unsettling Specter of Peace" 108
2 The Drug War 114
3 The Contours of the Crisis 121
4 The Narcotraffickers 123
5 Social Policy and the Drug Crisis 127
6 The Usual Victims 128
7 The Best-laid Plans... 134
5 The Post-Cold War Era 139
1 Creeping Colonialism 143
2 Bush's "New Thinking" 144
3 Operation Just Cause: the Pretexts 149
4 Operation Just Cause: the Reasons 158
5 Good Intentions Gone Awry 163
6 The War Goes On 172
6 Nefarious Aggression 179
1 Our Traditional Values 181
2 Framing the Issues 185
3 Paths away from Disaster 190
4 Steady on Course 193
5 The UN Learns to Behave 197
6 Moderates and Nationalists 201
7 The Diplomatic Track 203
8 Safeguarding our Needs 210
7 The Victim 215
1 The Fruits of Victory: Central America 215
2 The Fruits of Victory: Latin America 224
3 The Fruits of Victory: the Caribbean 233
4 The Fruits of Victory: Asia 236
5 The Fruits of Victory: Africa 239
6 The "Unrelenting Nightmare" 241
7 Comparisons and their Pitfalls 243
8 The Agenda of the Doves: 1988 253
1 The Common Interests: 1980 254
2 The Common Interests: 1988 255
3 The Freedom to Act Responsibly 257
4 Containment without Rollback 264
5 Laying Down the Law 270
6 Foreign Agents 272
7 Yearning for Democracy 278
9 The Mortal Sin of Self-Defense 283
1 The Skunk at the Garden Party 283
2 The Guests so Sorely Troubled 291
3 From Illusion to Reality 295
4 The 1990 Elections 298
10 The Decline of the Democratic Ideal 303
1 The Winner: George Bush 304
2 United in Joy 307
3 The Case for the Doves 311
4 "Rallying to Chamorro" 316
5 Within Nicaragua 323
6 Looking Ahead 325
11 Democracy in the Industrial Societies 331
1 The Preference for Democracy 332
2 The General Outlines 334
3 The "Great Workshops": Japan 336
4 The "Great Workshops": Germany 340
5 The Smaller Workshops 342
6 Some Broader Effects 347
12 Force and Opinion 351
1 The Harsher Side 352
2 The Bewildered Herd and its Shepherds 357
3 Short of Force 372
4 The Pragmatic Criterion 377
5 The Range of Means 385
6 The Untamed Rabble 397
Afterword 407
Index 441
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