Deterring Democracy

Noam Chomsky

Hill and Wang



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424 Pages



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From World War II until the 1980s, the United States reigned supreme as both the economic and the military leader of the world. The major shifts in global politics that came about with the dismantling of the Eastern bloc have left the United States unchallenged as the preeminent military power, but American economic might has declined drastically in the face of competition, first from Germany and Japan and more recently from newly prosperous countries elsewhere. In Deterring Democracy, the impassioned dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky points to the potentially catastrophic consequences of this new imbalance. Chomsky reveals a world in which the United States exploits its advantage ruthlessly to enforce its national interests—and in the process destroys weaker nations. The new world order (in which the New World give the orders) has arrived.


Praise for Deterring Democracy

"A volatile, serious contribution to the debate over American's role as the globe's sole remaining superpower."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Chomsky is the Left's answer to William F. Buckley. Deterring Democracy can sparkle with inspiration."—Los Angeles Times

"[Offers] a deepened understanding of the dynamics of global politics before, during, and after the Cold War . . . A compendious and thought-provoking work."—The New Statesman

"Noam Chomsky . . . is a major scholarly resource. Not to have read [him] . . . is to court genuine ignorance."—The Nation

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Deterring Democracy
ONECold War: Fact and FancyTHE great event of the current era is commonly taken to be the end of the Cold War, and the great question before us therefore is: What comes next? To answer this question, we have to begin by clarifying what the Cold War has been. There are two ways to approach this prior question. One is simply to accept the conventional interpretation; the second is to look at the historical facts. As is often the case, the two approaches yield rather different answers.1. The Cold War as Ideological ConstructAccording to the conventional understanding, the Cold
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  • Noam Chomsky

  • Noam Chomsky, the Ferrai P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the Masschusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of many books on both langauge and politics, including most recently Rethinking Camelot: John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, and U.S. Political Culture; Language and Thought; and World Orders, Old and New.
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