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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)
Dec 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
In my humble opinion, there is not a single man alive today that can give you a better and more nuanced view of politics and world affairs than Noam Chomsky. There is a downside though. Mister Chomsky slaps you with hard depressing reality. When you come into the realm of world affairs, reality is a very ugly thing. Reading his books often remind me of a quote from Schopenhauer where he said "Life is just suffering".
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Paul Westwood
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Ok, here's a quick review to get it off my to-do list.
I didn't think this book was as good as some of the other ones I've read because it felt a bit piecemeal, which is what it was. In the notes section there is an intro to each chapter saying where it first appeared so Chomsky has clearly taken a number of separate articles or talks and put them together because they follow a similar thread. I'm sure he's edited them as the theme does continue through the whole book but it still felt like a se
Tom Schulte
Here, Chomsky details the United States' increasingly open dismissal of the United Nations and international legal precedent in justifying its motives and actions, particularly around the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Detailed and provocative, Chomsky brings in U.S. actions in Kosovo, etc. and Indonesia's occupation of East Timor marked by violence and brutality during the tenure of Indonesian President Suharto, among other instances of the U.S., in Chomsky's view, acting as much as a r ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: intl-affairs
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
Yaser Maadat
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty good, although I would say it (in large part) recapitulates a lot of material from his other books. I guess I'm starting to discover a "tree" of material in Chomsky's work, where the roots tend to lie in his Z Magazine articles and public speeches, which are then adapted with (importantly) references for many of these books. I'm sort of hoping to read more of the root material from here on out, since it does get a bit tedious identifying and skipping over the passages that draw directly f ...more
Mick Pletcher
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Suman Pant
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Basic fact about Chomsky readers: If you are a Chomsky fan, you will like his books. If you don't know Chomsky, you may or may not like his books. If you align your ideas with neoliberalism, you will hate his books.

There is a lot of ranting, arguments (to some they might should slanderous)-- but Chomsky is a genius. He probably wrote this book in his sleep, but that's just because he is Chomsky.

This book is packed with information. Either enjoy, or get offended.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
did not finish
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
exposing the atrocities of American indifference in their Imperial Quest
Nov 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Interesting polemic though a little shrill at times...
Khalid Khan
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would be nice if people actually changed their minds after reading this book.
Josh Paul
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Standard Chomsky criticism of American foreign policy, with his usual list of examples.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Nicole Frangione
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
more precise than his other books ive read. comparable to A Peoples History..
Jeffrey Thiessen
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Do you believe him now?

Welcome to the world of North America=Korea.
Azhar Ali
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Noam Chomsky tell you in this book what you most probably won't hear from any other source. Hidden battles and agreements all are discussed here.
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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.

Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. H
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