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From the American by Gabriele Gockel, Bernhard Jendricke and Thomas Wollermann. A state is considered to have failed if it does not care about international law and international agreements, no longer protects the security of its residents and their civil rights, and even undermines the institutions of democracy themselves. To bring such "rogue states" back on the path of freedom, justice and democracy has been the declared aim of the world power USA for decades. But what if the dominant superpower itself falls under the definition of a "failed state"? This question from the famous social critic Noam Chomsky is more than an ironic provocation. With disturbing precision he traces the lines of development of a policy that began long before Bush: the ever more open disregard for international treaties and institutions, an aggressive foreign policy that increases instead of diminishing the danger of instability and terror, but also the erosion of internal democracy a hitherto unheard-of concentration of power in the hands of the private sector.
Review note on Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 4th, 2007
Thomas Speckmann works out the difference between Noam Chomsky's thinking and that of the great power USA and sees his doubts about the clarity of Chomsky's self-reflection confirmed: Speckmann does not find the gap between the American public and the government as deep as Chomsky. After all, he explains, democracy still functions as a corrective. Moreover, he sometimes considers the author's consistently moral argumentation to be inappropriate and his "long list" for a better America to be utopian or, in the case of American environmental policy, "out of date".
Review note for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, November 8, 2006
Noam Chomsky has once again used his now forty-year-old method of running a windy American mess with content with a kind of quotation potpourri, the reviewer Wilfried von Bredow dismisses wearily. He points to the particularly popular and particularly simple strategy of the "return coach", which the title of this book is also peddling among the Chomsky proselytes. On top of that, the reviewer criticizes the excursions into American history, which are hardly "solid". The bottom line is that Noam Chomsky recycles the old catchphrases of "oppression", "deceiving the voter" and "pseudo-democracy". And after all the "shameful", so the reviewer astonished, Chomsky stated in a proven inconsistent way that there had been important advances in terms of democracy in recent years.Read the review at buecher.de
Review note on Die Tageszeitung, October 4, 2006
Rudolf Walther is obviously a follower of Noam Chomsky, and so he is completely convinced of the new book "The Failed State". In it, Chomsky declares the USA to be a failed state, although the fact that a state has renounced international law is sufficient for this judgment. And this is what the USA did as early as 1946, Walther goes on to refer to the author's theses, when they excluded the aerial warfare against Nazi Germany from the war crimes trials in Nuremberg in order to avoid their own indictment. From more recent times, the author chalked up the USA's neglected disarmament measures, the "apocalyptic exaggeration" of September 11th and the dangers of Islamism, unilateral military actions and the unsuccessful nuclear negotiations with Iran. The problem with this American policy now is that it feeds the two great threats to humanity: "a nuclear war and a global environmental disaster". Walther finds all of this presented in a gripping manner and well documented with "facts, theses and historical comparisons and political interpretations".
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