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Demokrasi: Ekspor Amerika Paling Mematikan

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Kami ingin para tentara muda dari Indonesia datang ke Amerika Serikat. Kami ingin ada pertukaran antara korps militer kita, yang akan menciptakan pemahaman yang lebih baik.
—George W. Bush

Selama empat puluh tahun, bagi Amerika Serkat (AS), hubungan antara militer AS dan Indonesia adalah yang paling dekat diantara negara-negara dunia Ketiga lainnya. Selain dalam militer, k
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Published May 2013 by Bentang Pustaka
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While very sympathetic to Blum's arguments I found I simply couldn't read his book – I only delved into various chapters in the hope of finding something I could fully engage with that didn't read like a series of short polemics made up of pasted-together magazine articles. Much of what Blum says is true, but unless he gives the background and the counter-evidence (where it exists) he is often simply asserting truths, and not in a convincing way. He also ranges too widely and (to me) frustrating ...more
While the author has a point--that America has done a great deal of damage in the name of freedom and democracy--any credibility he had is completely undermined by his excessive smarm, sarcasm, and hostility. Most authors in this genre have some sort of agenda, in my experience, but Blum clearly made no effort at trying to even fake a balanced approach. In the end, I could not overcome the editorializing and stopped reading it.
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Jewish-American writer and critic of US foreign policy.

William Blum got wide media coverage, when his book "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" was recommended by Osama Bin Laden in a speech.
“Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.” 10 likes
“The United States is not concerned with this thing called ‘democracy’, no matter how many times every American president uses the word each time he opens his mouth. As noted in the Introduction, since 1945 the US has attempted to overthrow more than fifty governments, most of which were democratically elected, and grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least thirty countries.” 6 likes
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