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Dilemmas of Domination: The Unmaking of the American Empire

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The empire seems unassailable, but the empire is weak-and precisely because of its quest for global domination. So argues Walden Bello in this provocative portrait of imperial self-destruction, which systematically dissects the dilemmas confronting America as a result of its drive for supremacy.

Puncturing the myth of American invincibility, Bello exposes its carefully concealed contradictions: despite the enormity of the U.S. military apparatus, American forces are critically ...

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Overview

The empire seems unassailable, but the empire is weak-and precisely because of its quest for global domination. So argues Walden Bello in this provocative portrait of imperial self-destruction, which systematically dissects the dilemmas confronting America as a result of its drive for supremacy.

Puncturing the myth of American invincibility, Bello exposes its carefully concealed contradictions: despite the enormity of the U.S. military apparatus, American forces are critically overextended and ever treatened by the simmering resistance each new "victory" breeds. Though America is still the land of unprecedented prosperity, economic breakdown looms, the consequence of gargantuan military costs, exploitative trade and investment relations with developing countries, and record-breaking deficits.

A clear and prophetic examination, Dilemmas of Domination reveals a not-too-distant future in which the empire's hidden weaknesses will yield fatal challenges to American omnipotence.

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“With unsentimental clarity, Walden Bello speaks the truth about American empire and why it is doomed by its own contradictions.”

— William Greider, author of The Soul of Capitalism

“Walden Bello is the world's best guide to American exploitation of the globe's poor and defenseless – and the false concepts the U.S. government uses to camouflage its actions. He directly challenges the propaganda and the policies of the Washington establishment with an analysis that is both original and persuasive.”

— Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire and Blowback

Dilemmas of Domination shows again why Walden Bello is recognized as one of the global South's – and the world's – leading analysts of the U.S. drive towards empire. His critique of the Afghan and Iraq wars is both sobering and encouraging, probing the dangers for the world in the Bush administration's militarism while recognizing the potential of the growing global peace movement. Bello’s dissection of the Asian dimension is particularly comprehensive and welcome. And, rooting the U.S. drive towards war in the corporate-driven trajectory of globalization, Bello's economic critique remains among the most prescient. A must read for scholars, activists, and global citizens.”

— Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies fellow and author of Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11 Crisis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805080216
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/10/2006
  • Series: American Empire Project Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Walden Bello, a professor of sociology and public administration at the University of the Philippines, is the author of numerous books on globalization. Also an award-winning peace and human rights activist, he lives in Quezon City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Southern Perspective on the Crisis of the Empire 1
Chapter 1 The Road to Baghdad 13
Chapter 2 Imperial Hubris/Imperial Overextension 49
Chapter 3 Contemporary Capitalism's Classic Crisis 77
Chapter 4 The Ascendancy of Finance 101
Chapter 5 The Economics of Antidevelopment 129
Chapter 6 The South Rises, and the North Prevails 155
Chapter 7 George W. Bush and Rollback Economics 179
Chapter 8 Crisis of Legitimacy 193
Conclusion: The Way Forward 211
Notes 219
Acknowledgments 243
Index 245
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