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Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs

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Described by the New York Times as "an exploder of received truths," Noam Chomsky is an articulate opponent of political hypocrisy, state brutality, and abuse of power. Rogue States is the result of his tireless efforts to measure the world's superpowers by their own standards and to hold them responsible for the acts they commit in the name of their people
Paperback, 254 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by South End Press (first published 1999)
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Lee (Rocky)
I love Chomsky, but to be honest, sometimes I can't really tell the difference between his books. Regardless of whether the topic is rogue states, failed states, hegemony, etc., he's often pretty much saying the same sorts of things -- corporatism, hypocrisy, abuse of power, Orwellian language, and general bullying and lack of responsibility by those with power. That being said, he is brilliant at explaining things clearly and concisely in ways that historians and news media simply refuse to. Li ...more
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يقدم تشومسكي عرضا مفصلا للدور الذي لعبته الولايات المتحدة في اعاقة تقدم العالم و بالذات "العالم السفلي" نحو الامام بفعل تدخلاتها الامبريالية في عدد كبير من دول العالم سواء كانت هذه التدخلات مباشرة عبر الاجتياح العسكري كما في المثال الفيتنامي الصارخ أو كانت غير مباشرة عبر اجهاض الديموقراطيات الناشئة و دعم الدكتاتوريات العميلة كما هو الحال في غواتيمالا مثلا،شيء مميز في الكتاب هو عرضه المتناسق و التاريخي للتاريخ الامبريالي المارق الذي ميّز الولايات المتحدة كدولة فوق القانون الدولي و فوق حقوق الانسا ...more
Laura Scott
Chomsky... sometimes you're too much of a rambler for me! No solutions just depicted tragedies. It's ok, we are in trouble but life is not close to be over
like its later quasi-sequel, Failed States The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy, attempts to turn the US's preferred definition of the eponymous geopolitical slur against the US's own conduct. generally a successful endeavor (though less lively, perhaps, than William Blum's similarly titled Rogue State A Guide to the World's Only Superpower)--but redundant with the good professor's other writings on the same subject. rule of thumb is that one should read every fourth Chomsky book to k ...more
Rouge States can either be those who are enemies of others, or those who don't regard themselves as bound by international norms. That's the definition that Noam Chomsky gave. The discussions and details in this whole book evolve around this definition and seems obviously point to the fact that those states with concentrated power do not necessarily obey the international rules. There is a wide range examples provided to support this point, ranging from the involvement of the US in the war in So ...more
Rogue States, published in 2000, is a good introduction to Noam Chomsky and his critique of American foreign and domestic policy. If you've read other books by Chomsky, it can get repetitious since the examples he cites tend to be the same.

One passage I highlighted, which shows both Chomsky's insight and his sense of humor:

"You'll be pleased to know that the Pentagon recently downgraded the threat of Cuban conquest of the United States. It's still there, but it's not as serious as it was. The re
Mick Pletcher
Another great book by Chomsky that I highly recommend. He points out some facts that I have thought for so long about the US being the aggressor for its own political and economic interests. It has gone from defending against communism to "humanitarian" interventions. He points out the terrors in Indonesia and Angola where the US did nothing to stop the atrocities, yet it invaded countries such as Iraq and Nicaragua that posed no threat to it, other than the economic benefits, under the guise of ...more
Lee Belbin
He doesn't pull the punches!
With plenty of examples and withering commentary, Chomsky makes the blatantly implicit case that the U.S. is the biggest rogue state of all.
It would be hard to read Chomsky and see the world the same way, especially as an American who is rarely given the real facts about U.S. involvement/aggression abroad.
Nicole Frangione
Insightful and recommended. If you're new to Chomsky, you learn a lot, but it's a fragmented read. Not one of his greatest, but a valuable and interesting book regardless.
Jeffrey Thiessen
Some great stuff but I tend to agree with others - there is stronger content of Chomsky's that deals with the same material, found in other offerings, like Failed States for example.
lots of good information but it's so obvious this man is a linguist. the information is not accessible to the masses and that's unfortunate.
Josh Paul
Standard Chomsky criticism of American foreign policy, with his usual list of examples.
Khalid Khan
Would be nice if people actually changed their minds after reading this book.
exposing the atrocities of American indifference in their Imperial Quest
Nov 05, 2007 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
more precise than his other books ive read. comparable to A Peoples History..
Interesting polemic though a little shrill at times...
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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