Thursday, September 21, 2006

Welcome to Hugo's Book Club

Don't waste your time buying this Bush Hating, Anti-American screed.

Here's the Cliff Notes version of...
Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is considered the father of modern linguistics. In this richly detailed criticism of American foreign policy, he seeks to redefine many of the terms commonly used in the ongoing American war on terrorism. Surveying U.S. actions in Cuba, Nicaragua, Turkey, the Far East and elsewhere over the past half a century along with the modern American war in Iraq, Chomsky indicates that America is just as much a terrorist state as any other government or rogue organization. George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq drew worldwide criticism, in part because it seemed to present a new philosophy of pre-emptive war and an appearance of global empire building. But according to Chomsky, such has been the operating philosophy of American foreign policy for decades. Opponents of the Bush administration's tactics consistently point out how the American government supported Saddam Hussein for many years prior to the 1990 invasion of Kuwait (pictures of Donald Rumsfeld shaking Saddam's hand are easy to come by) as a means of pointing out how the United States is happy to fund despots when it's in American interests. But Chomsky, armed with extensive historical notation, takes this notion further, arguing how the repression of other nations' citizenry is, in fact, the very reason Americans support certain foreign leaders. The charges made throughout the book are severe, as are the dire consequences he posits if current trends are not reversed, and Chomsky is no more likely to make friends or gain supporters from the mainstream now than he's ever been. But Hegemony or Survival is relatively dispassionate. Instead of relying on camp or shock value or personal attacks as some of his contemporaries have done, Chomsky drives his well-supported points steadily forward in an earnest and highly readable style. --John Moe


At 10:46 AM, Blogger francmasse said...

Very well written summary of what to expect when you read or listen to Chomsky's lectures.

Here is THE jewish gospel we should all listen to.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger francmasse said...

Your description as accurate as it is, does not let us think clearly where you stand on this all issue.

Are you with Chomsky or against Chomsky? Like someone would ask.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger Pat Campbell said...

I'm anti-chomsky he hasn't been on the right side of an issue yet.

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Shahidan said...

Noam Chomsky is indusputably a beacon of intellectual rationality. Why are we surprised at the hostile reception to Chomsky in a dominant culture of pax Americana which sees the world through Cowboy vs Indian lenses.

The cowboys now running the world's most violent state have killed more natives across the Third World or the South than all the dictators from that region combined.

Condy Rice's dismissal of Chavez's speech at the UN General Assembly as not being worthy of a head of state is laughable. Chavez called Bush alone a devil. Condy's boss called whole nations 'an axis of evil'. Presumably Bush's insults at whole nations are worthy of a head of state because he is the cowboy. But Chavez's insult at the person of Bush is unworthy of a head of state because Chavez is the Indian.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Chomsky is an amazing writer. I was happy that I had checked out my local library's entire collection (including 'Hegemony or Survival' the Saturday prior to Hugo Chavez's speech! Chances are I wouldn't have read those books for months had I waited.

In fact, I think I'll go read it right now

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Dave said...

And Pat, your right. Chomsky has never been on the right side of an issue... He's always been on the left. Cheers!


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