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The Washington Connection & Third World Fascism (Political Economy of Human Rights, #1)

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Analyzes the forces that shape U.S. policy in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, as well as the role of the media in misreporting these policies and their motives.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 1st 1979 by South End Press (first published 1979)
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Statement of purpose for this two-volume project: “It has a dual focus: on facts and on beliefs” (ix).
The basic fact is that the United States has organized under its sponsorship and protection a neo-colonial system of client states ruled mainly by terror and serving the interests of a small local and foreign business and military elite. The fundamental belief, or ideological pretense, is that the United States is dedicated to furthering the cause of democracy and human rights throughout the wo
David Steece, Jr.
Chomsky and Herman are at the absolute top of their game here, witty, sardonic, and ruthless. They paint a chilling picture of the postwar world, with America protecting her national interests by exporting "sub-fascism" ("sub" because classic fascism at least had some kind of popular support) to inept, sadistic dictators and then looking away as these petty Hitlers repress and occasionally exterminate their people. The authors' examples are shamefully obscure; many have not even heard of Indones ...more
Kelly Jackson
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Very much a product of its time, this book is long-winded and relies very heavily on evidence that directly contradicts the official US government reports regarding third world nations, coups, and dictatorships. While this sort of extensive, brutal research must have been necessary at the book's initial release (1979-1980), the decidedly wordy history lessons and political-economic descriptions and explanations of third world nations is now a dated mode of research and discussion.

That being said
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chomsky has a remarkable and enviable ability to describe foul behaviour in a way that remains both factual – with ample supporting evidence – and calm. It is possible to read this without being overwhelmed by the sheer evil and cynicism of the behaviour described but it is not easy.

Post-War history is very strange and often makes no sense, because so much of it is not true. Most of us assume that World War II was fought to put a stop to fascism, but in Asia and Latin America especially, the fa
Kyle Minton
Sometimes at work, I will listen to the Democracy Now! headlines. The show is about an hour long and the news is a straightforward, unabridged version of key events. If we compare them to the daily headlines I read in the NYT or NPR Morning Edition’s, there are It isn’t that Democracy Now! is too partisan - NYT and NPR can hardly be denied a partisan standing - rather Democracy Now! is not gunning to entertain with the news. The charge that it is radical is as much from ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was assigned this book in college, and it completely opened my eyes to the truth about our government’s horrific foreign policies, rooted in greed, and why so many people around the world hate us. If you want to be truly woke, you must read this book. Question everything!
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For being such a controversial writer, Chomsky’s writings have been surprisingly easy to obtain. After all, this isn’t soviet Russia we’re living in. That’s why one of the most surprising aspects of the Washington Connection is the very beginning where the authors detail exactly how this book was suppressed by its parent company due to its “unpatriotic” content. Of course, as an avid Chomsky reader my mouth started to water at the juicy bits to come in this book, but as with most of Chomsky’s wr ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Third World subfascism has come home to take firm roots in my rural U.S. home town and likely many of yours. Wish I had read this book decades earlier. The international capitalists and their paid operatives are here, in the land of so-called liberty, to pick our bones and turn us into their paying subjects. Too many of us are not aware, refuse to see, or are distracted by idle and useless bobbles and discourse. There is only one issue - avoiding slavery and dependence. This book is a must read. ...more
David Haws
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Chomsky may be the sterling example of an academic transcending the limits of his discipline. Always insightful, the tone feels a little more snarky (no need to gild the lily here) than I associate with Chomsky, and may be attributed to the co-author (I suspect the principal author) or to my having listened to the book on Audible, rather than reading.
Hassan Nguyen
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Marg bar amrika.
Nate Bloch
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a very dry, statistics driven volume with no through-line, narrative, or overarching thesis, which is to say, it's a Noam Chomsky book.
Kevin Hall
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
U.S. imperial military complex go brrrr
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like an onslaught of horrific, relentless insight. It becomes difficult to retain, as there is so much to absorb leaving you drunk with terror.
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Listened on audiobook, narrated by Brian Jones. As always, Chomsky methodically rips apart official accounts and cites a number of reliable sources to get to the painful truth of things.

The United States owes the world a great deal of atonement.
May 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
brilliant, boring as all chomsky books really are, book that changed the direction of my life in 1981.
Dave Hazzan
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Chomsky and Hermann's most important works.
John Millard
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
I read this one in college. While eye opening it also seemed to be very repetitive going over the same ideas about East Timor. Maybe it was too complex for my first book by Noam.
Nov 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
An old book, but it still makes for sobering reading today.
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“Among the many symbols used to frighten and manipulate the populace of the democratic states, few have been more important than "terror" and "terrorism." These terms have generally been confined to the use of violence by individuals and marginal groups. Official violence, which is far more extensive in both scale and destructiveness, is placed in a different category altogether. This usage has nothing to do with justice, causal sequence, or numbers abused. Whatever the actual sequence of cause and effect, official violence is described as responsive or provoked ("retaliation," "protective reaction," etc.), not as the active and initiating source of abuse. Similarly, the massive long-term violence inherent in the oppressive social structures that U.S. power has supported or imposed is typically disregarded. The numbers tormented and killed by official violence-wholesale as opposed to retail terror-during recent decades have exceeded those of unofficial terrorists by a factor running into the thousands. But this is not "terror," [...] "security forces" only retaliate and engage in "police action."

These terminological devices serve important functions. They help to justify the far more extensive violence of (friendly) state authorities by interpreting them as "reactive" and they implicitly sanction the suppression of information on the methods and scale of official violence by removing it from the category of "terrorism." [...] Thus the language is well-designed for apologetics for wholesale terror.”
“Defenseless peasant societies in Laos and Cambodia were savagely bombed in “secret”—the “secrecy” resulting from the refusal of the mass media to make public facts for which they had ample evidence.” 1 likes
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