Incoherent Empire

Incoherent Empire

by Michael Mann
     
 

In this book noted sociologist Michael Mann argues that the "new American imperialism" is actually little more than a new militarism. Dissecting the economic, political, military and ideological resources available to the US, Mann concludes that they are so uneven as to generate only an "incoherent Empire" and increasing world disorder.

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In this book noted sociologist Michael Mann argues that the "new American imperialism" is actually little more than a new militarism. Dissecting the economic, political, military and ideological resources available to the US, Mann concludes that they are so uneven as to generate only an "incoherent Empire" and increasing world disorder.

The incoherent Empire is also analysed in action - in Afghanistan, in the war against terrorism, and against "rogue states," especially North Korea and Iraq. Its strategies seemed doomed only to create more international terrorists and increase the desire of the rogues to acquire weapons of mass destruction; they also provoke a virtual "crusade" against Muslims. The world will become more and more dangerous, argues Mann, unless the US abandons this trajectory and adopts the more realistic global leadership strategies laid out in this book.

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“Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that its only real strength is an ability to bully weak Third World countries. The United States wields ‘power but not authority’ and has succumbed to ‘ruthless arrogance leading to overconfidence and hubris.’ This is an important, provocative diagnosis by an experienced social analyst.”—Chalmers Johnson
Chalmers Johnson
“Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that its only real strength is an ability to bully weak Third World countries. The United States wields 'power but not authority' and has succumbed to 'ruthless arrogance leading to overconfidence and hubris.' This is an important, provocative diagnosis by an experienced social analyst.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859845820
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
10/17/2003
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.02(d)

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Chalmers Johnson
Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that its only real strength is an ability to bully weak Third World countries. The United States wields 'power but not authority' and has succumbed to 'ruthless arrogance leading to overconfidence and hubris.' This is an important, provocative diagnosis by an experienced social analyst.

Meet the Author

Michael Mann is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His major works include the prizewinning series The Sources of Social Power, Volume I: A History of Power from the Beginning to 1760 AD, and Volume II: The Rise of Classes and Nation-States, 1760–1914.

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