Naked Imperialism: America's Pursuit of Global Hegemony

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583671320
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of The Ecological Revolution, The Great Financial Crisis (with Fred Magdoff), Critique of Intelligent Design (with Brett Clark and Richard York), Ecology Against Capitalism, Marx’s Ecology, and The Vulnerable Planet.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 17
1 After the Attack... The War on Terrorism 21
2 Imperialism and "Empire" 31
3 Monopoly Capital and the New Globalization 39
4 U.S. Military Bases and Empire 55
5 The Rediscovery of Imperialism 67
6 U.S. Imperial Ambitions and Iraq 83
7 "Imperial America" and War 97
8 The New Age of Imperialism 107
9 Kipling, the "White Man's Burden," and U.S. Imperialism 121
10 Is Iraq Another "Vietnam"? 133
11 The U.S. Empire: Pax Americana or Pox Americana? 143
12 Empire of Barbarism 147
13 The Failure of Empire 161
Notes 173
Index 185
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