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On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Consequences of American Conquest & Carnage

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The United States has long been considered a deadly foe by the inhabitants of its ever-expanding "spheres of influence." In Reflections on the Justice of Roosting Chickens, Churchill examines the toll U.S. policies have taken on civilians around the world and the role activists are (or aren’t) playing to stop the carnage. The Western world was stunned to wake up on 9-11 to ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by AK Press
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Naeem
Jul 24, 2007 Naeem rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Marty
This is really only one essay with hundreds of footnotes. The rest of the book is a through catalog of U.S. interventions in space and time.

The lead essay is a devastating and, in my view, an unanswerable critique of the criminal basis and continuous criminality of the country called the USA. There is lifetime of Churchill's systematic and painstaking work in the footnotes -- many of which I have followed out and read.

Churchill reveals what has to be denied in order for the citizens of this co
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Dave
There's a ton of controversy over his comments on 9/11 and there really shouldn't be. There's no tinfoil hat shit here. If anything he's being too kind by saying the attacks were only provoked and not that they were obviously allowed to happen and even aided by members of the U.S. government. The only thing he said that really bothered me was a few lines about "environmental tobacco smoke." Apparently only upper class spoiled naïve liberal yuppies believe there's a link between second-hand smoke ...more
Punk Johnny Cash
Great information and wonderful book. It is highly biased but that's also part of what I like about it.
David Bales
Ward Churchill's infamous book about what he sees as the unrelenting evil of the United States, from the Jamestown settlement to today. Let me paraphrase: American soldiers are cowards, rapists and terrorists; we've spent 400 years abusing everybody from the American Indians to Muslims in the Middle East; and we deserved the attacks on 9/11 as a kind of retribution. Gets tedious after the first few pages and all history is presented with no back story, nuance or objective reflection beyond the b ...more
Dylan
If civilization, as Stanley Diamond said, originates in conquest abroad and repression at home, then Churchill's work on the repression of the Black Panthers and American Indian Movement addressed the latter. This book documents the ways the imperialist record of the Unites States exemplifies the other side of that equation as well.

The title essay has become notorious thanks to Bill O'Reilly's campaign against Churchill and radical academia at large. Certainly anticipating some disagreement wit
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Madeleine
Feb 08, 2009 Madeleine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Madeleine by: calhouths
Shelves: nonfiction
This is an interesting book. The back story may ring a bell - Churchill was a professor at CU Boulder before losing tenure for writing this. His basic premise--that the US has done untold numbers of bad things around the world and within its own borders, in flagrant violation of both international law and basic decency, was not news. Pointing this out certainly doesn't seem like something that merits losing tenure--but few things do, to me, or what's the point of tenure?!

My big problem with the
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John Petersen
An important refutation of the notion that the United States has been a "force for good", a "beacon of democracy", and a "purveyor of law" in the world. The first half of the book briefly summarizes the numerous war crimes of the United States since its inception; and they are legion. The second section is an exhausting chronology of the numerous violations of international law perpetrated by the United States since 1945 and it's outright arrogant disregard for the resolutions of the United Nati ...more
Varmint
picked it up while wandering through an anti war rally a few months back. wanted to see what the controversy was all about. it's mostly a collection of poorly written rant's, and a thousand footnotes that only lead to other crackpots.

he was recently fired from the university of colorado. do you have any idea how hard it is to fire a tenured professor? the school had to establish fraud and incompetance on a massive scale.

going into an argument qouting ward churchill is only going to get youlaug
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Banning Leonard
Ward Churchill, until recently an associate professor of American Indian Studies and Communications at the University of Colorado, Boulder, takes America to task for its hypocritical and often destructive foreign policy over the past 230 years. Churchill provides a chronology of international laws broken or ignored by the United states since 1776, as well as a comprehensive list of U.N. resolutions the U.S. has broken or duplicitously voted against. More or less an answer to the question of “Why ...more
Bryan
Churchill's infamous essay "on the justice of roosting chickens" lives up to the hype. it never holds back and would be hard to disagree with, even for the staunchest conservative, if they'd bother to read it.

we all know about the systematic violence this country has used on the world, but ward really spells it out. his passion and careful use of citations bring it home. i love the catalog of american imperialism included after the essay. its great for busting out in debates with dad.
Robert
May 29, 2008 Robert rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chomsky, zinn fans... socially-politically-economically progressive and revolutionary
The essays in the book are good, however, this one is staying in my library as a great reference regarding US criminality vis-a-vis international law (especially of the UN). The final commentary was very clarifying regarding the role US citizens should take to more effectively combat the establishment... although of course a whole book would more properly address that issue, not a few pages.

Still, the book is excellent in documenting US instrasigence in the face of international consensus.
Mike
I bought this book. That was a mistake. The essay was pretty good, and I bought this for him to expand on the ethical ideas that he was starting to develop in the essay. That didn't happen. However, there's a huge amount of reference data in every page that isn't the first 50. Seriously, don't buy this if you plan on reading more of the ideas in the essay, it's just alot of research. Good research on US intervention, but not ideas which is what I expected.
sologdin
learned response to september 11, inter alia. this is a much more reasonable reading than truther conspiracism, i think--or than the pro-US view that it never did anything to anyone except drop golden beneficence from jesusland. whatever. both need to grow the fuck up.

anyway, churchill's correct: some people do in fact push back.
Billie Mulcahy
This is a brutally honest book about the US's role the events leading up to 9-11, such as the funding of the training camps for Islamic fundamentalists and the US's role in the world as an imperialistic capitalistic force. We really need to take a hard look at how our behavior affects the rest of the world.
Chuck
A well-documented, savage indictment of the United States by this noted author, activist and social critic. Half of the book is dedicated to detailing all of the United Nations resolutions on human rights that the U.S. government blocked and vetoed.
Russ
Nov 11, 2007 Russ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: politically challanged
The facts contained in this book will open your eyes to a fresh view of our history as a nation, as a society, and as a people.His claim of the US being at war since our inception is well founded by the facts shown clearly in the book.
Daniel Burton-Rose
I'm surprised it took the Fox News types so long to jump on this; they clearly let slip their subscription to Green Anarchy!
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
A good book. Good first essay on 9/11 coupled with time lines of American imperialism and genocide. A must.
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Good book to have in the personal library...
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American Indian writer, political activist and former professor of ethnic studies in Colorado at Boulder from 1990 till 2007.

Churchill`s writings are mostly about the history of the American Indians and what he calls the genocide on the indigenous people of North America.

An essay of him where he claimed the 9/11 attacks on the world trade center were a response to America`s foreign policy, sparked
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