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Overview

This volume gathers the work of leading left-wing analysts of imperialism to examine the burning question of our time—the nature and prospects of the U.S. imperial project currently being given shape by war and occupation in the Middle East.

Noam Chomsky, Immanuel Wallerstein, Peter Gowan, and others discuss the dynamics at work behind the "War on Terrorism." Their analyses locate recent developments within a longer historical arc, and set out the central questions for research and debate: Is U.S. unilateralism and militarism a sign of the increasing strength of the world's only remaining superpower? Or a desperate response to the erosion of the strategy it developed for ensuring its leadership over the advanced capitalist world during the Cold War? Essays by Barbara Epstein, Amiya Kumar Bagchi and others also examine the prospects for the resistance to imperialism in the United States and globally.

Pox Americana brings together a range of insights and perspectives that were originally presented at a conference in Burlington, Vermont, to honor Harry Magdoff on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday. It is a fitting tribute to Magdoff's pioneering analyses of U.S. imperialism and a testimony to the resilience and fruitfulness of the radical tradition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583671115
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (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.

Robert W. McChesney is professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy and Our Media, Not Theirs, and co-editor of Monthly Review.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
1 Kipling, the "white man's burden," and U.S. imperialism 12
2 Imperial ambition 22
3 The grid of history : cowboys and Indians 31
4 U.S. weakness and the struggle for hegemony 41
5 The new geopolitics 51
6 U.S. hegemony today 57
7 The global minotaur 77
8 The two wings of the eagle 95
9 Confronting the empire 104
10 The parameters of resistance 112
11 Can U.S. workers embrace anti-imperialism? 119
12 Prospects for anti-imperialism : coming to terms with our own bourgeoisie 135
13 Notes on the antiwar movement 143
14 Construction of an enemy 151
15 Homeland imperialism : fear and resistance 156
16 The new age of imperialism 161
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