Who Rules the World?

Who Rules the World?

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"The world's leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet. In the process, Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how U.S. elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy--diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable--the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please. Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky"--
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781627793810
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,25 cm.


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Feb 01, 2018

This collection of essays addresses a wide range of current political and economic issues. Mr. Chomsky directs his well informed if often scathing gaze to the multiple conflicts in the Middle East and the Americas, hegemonic plays between superpowers, corporatism, failures of American democracy, nuclear proliferation and environmental issues. While skillfully pointing out the contradictions and failures in policy, the author builds a case that government action largely serves the interest of a corporate elite. The media and government reporting, rooted in American exceptionalism, are blind to the perspectives and concerns of the victims of and subsequent opponents to western interests. A negative tone sometimes makes it difficult to differentiate irony from argument. Ad hominem attacks occasionally detract from the quality of research and the underlying merit of an argument. The author’s broad command of the subject at hand is unfortunately not matched by discipline in presentation. Essays are assembled in no particular order; multitudinous examples frequently lack a connective thread while anecdotes and themes are repeated. A straightforward acknowledgement that this is a collection of essays with the date and location of original publication of each would assist the reader in navigating the volume. Those who seek confirmation of America’s misdeeds will find plenty to regale their appetite; those who seek a more balanced and coherent view with constructive solutions will have to look elsewhere.

May 21, 2017

The review below: Stupid Comments that have no sensibility. Last sentence is an intelligible grammar failure.

May 11, 2016

Negative 100 Stars for Pure, fictional revisionism where the Kennedy Administration is concerned! Why does Chomsky continue to spew forth disinformation --- just like the CIA disnformation specialists --- about the Kennedy Administration? Could it be because when they, the CIA, seeded leftist movements in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Chompsky was one of their plants? He certainly fits the mold and he was hired at MIT when Fred Koch, patriarch of the Koch family [you may have heard of the Koch brothers, one hopes] was a trustee there.
After this book of crapola on President Kennedy's administration, and after listening to his daughter spew forth nonsense, excising all labor history [that is, Real History] from US modern history --- there is no other alternative but to believe that the Chomskys are on the CIA's longrange payroll!
[Official answer: The bondholders and central banks, and the central banks are owned by the major banks, which are owned by the super-rich, who comprise the bondholders!]

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