Naked Imperialism: America's Pursuit of Global Hegemony

Naked Imperialism: America's Pursuit of Global Hegemony

by John Bellamy Foster
     
 

ISBN-10: 1583671323

ISBN-13: 9781583671320

Pub. Date: 05/01/2006

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

During the Cold War years, mainstream commentators were quick to dismiss the idea that the United States was an imperialist power. Even when U.S. interventions led to the overthrow of popular governments, as in Iran, Guatemala, or the Congo, or wholesale war, as in Vietnam, this fiction remained intact. During the 1990s and especially since September 11, 2001,

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Overview

During the Cold War years, mainstream commentators were quick to dismiss the idea that the United States was an imperialist power. Even when U.S. interventions led to the overthrow of popular governments, as in Iran, Guatemala, or the Congo, or wholesale war, as in Vietnam, this fiction remained intact. During the 1990s and especially since September 11, 2001, however, it has crumbled. Today, the need for American empire is openly proclaimed and defended by mainstream analysts and commentators.

John Bellamy Foster’s Naked Imperialism examines this important transformation in U.S. global policy and ideology, showing the political and economic roots of the new militarism and its consequences both in the global and local context. Foster shows how U.S.-led global capitalism is preparing the way for a new age of barbarism and demonstrates the necessity for resistance and solidarity on a global scale.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583671320
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
Introduction17
1After the Attack... The War on Terrorism21
2Imperialism and "Empire"31
3Monopoly Capital and the New Globalization39
4U.S. Military Bases and Empire55
5The Rediscovery of Imperialism67
6U.S. Imperial Ambitions and Iraq83
7"Imperial America" and War97
8The New Age of Imperialism107
9Kipling, the "White Man's Burden," and U.S. Imperialism121
10Is Iraq Another "Vietnam"?133
11The U.S. Empire: Pax Americana or Pox Americana?143
12Empire of Barbarism147
13The Failure of Empire161
Notes173
Index185

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