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Hegemony Or Survival

America's Quest for Global Dominance
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Publisher: 
Henry Holt
 | 
August, 2004
ISBN:
9780805076882
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Here is the world’s foremost intellectual activist Noam Chomsky’s analysis of America’s pursuit of total domination and the catastrophic consequences that are sure to follow.

The United States is in the process of staking out not just the globe but the last unarmed spot in our neighborhood—the heavens—as a militarized sphere of influence. Our earth and its skies are, for the Bush administration, the final frontiers of imperial control. In Hegemony or Survival, Chomsky investigates how we came to this moment, what kind of peril we find ourselves in, and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species.

Chomsky dissects America’s quest for global supremacy, tracking the U.S. government’s aggressive pursuit of policies intended to achieve “full spectrum dominance” at any cost. He lays out vividly how the various strands of policy—the militarization of space, the ballistic-missile defense program, unilateralism, the dismantling of international agreements, and the response to the Iraqi crisis—cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our survival. In our era, he argues, empire is a recipe for an earthly wasteland.

We are entering a period of human history that may provide an answer to the question of whether there is intelligent life on earth, at least in the sense of “intelligence” that might be admired by a sensible extraterrestrial observer. The most hopeful prospect is that the question will not be answered: for any definitive response can only conclude that humans are a kind of “biological error,” using their allotted 100,000 years—the life expectancy of a species—to destroy themselves and, in the process, much else. Humans have surely developed the capacity to do just that: our hypothetical extraterrestrial observer might argue that they have demonstrated that destructiveness throughout their history, and dramatically so in the past few hundred years—with an assault on biological diversity, on the environment that sustains life, and, with cold and calculated savagery, on each other as well.

Among Noam Chomsky’s other books are 9-1-1 and Secrets, Lies, and Democracy.

Publisher’s Description: 

Reading Chomsky today is sobering and instructive... He is a global phenomenon... perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet. -The New York Times Book Review

An immediate national bestseller, Hegemony or Survivaldemonstrates how, for more than half a century the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing-as in the Cuban missile crisis-to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. World-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky investigates how we came to this perilous moment and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species.

With the striking logic that is his trademark, Chomsky tracks the U.S. governments aggressive pursuit of full spectrum dominance and vividly lays out how the most recent manifestations of the politics of global control-from unilateralism to the dismantling of international agreements to state terrorism-cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our existence. Lucidly written, thoroughly documented, and featuring a new afterword by the author, Hegemony or Survival is a definitive statement from one of todays most influential thinkers.

"An immediate best-seller, this analysis by a world-renowned intellectual demonstrates that for over half a century, the United States has been aggressively pursuing a grand imperial strategy of ""full-spectrum dominance"" across the globe. With the striking logic that is his trademark, Chomsky tracks the progress of the dream of dominance, describes recent manifestations from unilateral war to the dismantling of international agreements, and argues that the drive for hegemony ultimately threatens our very survival."

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