The American Empire Project: Noam Chomsky and Failed States
Posted by honestpoet on March 11, 2008
I’m adding this website to my blogroll, and I wanted to bring it to people’s attention.
After we’d read an interview with Noam Chomsky in an old issue of the excellent (ad-free) Canadian magazine The Sun, Maj. and I got interested in the man and his work, not so much his work in linguistics (which you really need to be a specialist to understand), but his political work. Maj. just started reading his book, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy, in which he uses Bush’s definition of a failed state (a state exhibiting the following: 1. inability or unwillingness to protect its citizens from violence; 2. regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law; and 3. if they have democratic forms of government, they have no real substance) to examine America and show how we are ourselves a failed state. Just the forward is powerful enough to make any thinking person want to throw these guys out of office. The first chapter begins with a paragraph worth excerpting:
Half a century ago, in July 1955, Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein issued an extraordinary appeal to the people of the world, asking them “to set aside” the strong feelings they have about many issues and to consider themselves “only as members of a biological species which has had a remarkable history, and whose disappearance none of us can desire.” The choice facing the world is “stark and dreadful and inescapable; shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?”
In a country being bankrupted, morally and financially, in order that these few men may wage their (for them) profitable wars, I do not see how so many can cling to the notion that we are living in the America our forebears fought and died to create. There is no longer any “of the people, by the people, for the people” anymore. This is not my country. We’re living in a failed state.