Failed States - The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy-logo

Failed States - The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

Noam Chomsky

The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. In this much-anticipated sequel to his international bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state," and therefore a danger to its own people and the world. "Failed states," Chomsky writes, are those "that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, that regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and that suffer from a 'democratic deficit,' having democratic forms but with limited substance." Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Chomsky assesses Washington's escalation of nuclear risks; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and Americas's self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy. Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed State: America offers a comprehensive analysis of a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis, and its policies and practices recklessly place the world on the brink of nuclear and environmental disaster. Systematically dismantling America's pretense of being the world's arbiter of democracy, Failed State is Chomsky's most focused- and urgent-critique to date.

The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. In this much-anticipated sequel to his international bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state," and therefore a danger to its own people and the world. "Failed states," Chomsky writes, are those "that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, that regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and that suffer from a 'democratic deficit,' having democratic forms but with limited substance." Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Chomsky assesses Washington's escalation of nuclear risks; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and Americas's self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy. Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed State: America offers a comprehensive analysis of a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis, and its policies and practices recklessly place the world on the brink of nuclear and environmental disaster. Systematically dismantling America's pretense of being the world's arbiter of democracy, Failed State is Chomsky's most focused- and urgent-critique to date.
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The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. In this much-anticipated sequel to his international bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state," and therefore a danger to its own people and the world. "Failed states," Chomsky writes, are those "that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, that regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and that suffer from a 'democratic deficit,' having democratic forms but with limited substance." Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Chomsky assesses Washington's escalation of nuclear risks; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and Americas's self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy. Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed State: America offers a comprehensive analysis of a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis, and its policies and practices recklessly place the world on the brink of nuclear and environmental disaster. Systematically dismantling America's pretense of being the world's arbiter of democracy, Failed State is Chomsky's most focused- and urgent-critique to date.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alan Sklar

Length:

12h 9m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

03:39


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:19


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:17


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:32


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:05


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:14


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:40


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:24


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:05


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:12


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:31


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:08


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:22


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:48


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:44


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:27


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:19


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:38


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:27


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:58


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:24


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:46


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:29


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:22


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:09


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:57


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:32


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:29


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:03


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:14


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:54


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:22


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:41


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:07