The Imperial Presidency Sovereignty, Terror, and the "Second Superpower"

Noam Chomsky (Author)


Publisher: AK Press
Format: CD
Binding: CD
Released: September 27, 2005
ISBN-13: 9781904859437

It's Noam Chomsky vs. the Bush Regime in this much-anticipated spoken-word release. Recorded in November 2004, just after the reelection of George W. Bush, Chomsky pinpoints the principle commitments of the current administration. In the name of expanding markets and controlling access to key natural resources, we've seen the blatant undermining of democratic practice, contempt for international law, restriction of civil liberties, and the use of State terrorism to further foreign policy objectives. This is not another cataloging of the offenses and blunders committed by George W. Bush, but a lively chronicle of the systematic power plays that have effectively wrenched power from ordinary people's hands and made the world an increasingly unstable place to inhabit.
"Political campaigns are designed by the same industries that sell toothpaste and cars. It's not an exaggeration they are run by the public relations industry... As for Bush's 'moral values,' there's an easy way to find out what they are: just read the business press the day after the election. It describes what is called the 'euphoria' in corporate boardrooms. And it's not because CEOs are opposed to gay marriage. If you want to learn more about Bush's moral values, just observe the principle [he follows], which is that costs are to be transferred to your children and your grandchildren...that's environmental costs, fiscal costs and the rest... The point of the PR industry is to prevent you from seeing anything as obvious as that." --from the CD
"In early November, the New York Times featured a front-page story reporting the conquest of the Falluja General Hospital. It reported, 'Patients and hospital employees were rushed out of rooms by armed soldiers and ordered to sit or lie on the floor while troops tied their hands behind their backs.' An accompanying photograph depicted the scene. That offensive also shut down what officers said was a propaganda weapon for the militants: Falluja General Hospital, with its stream of reports of civilian casualties. These 'inflated' figures--'inflated' because our leader so declares--were inflaming public opinion throughout the country and the region, driving up the political costs of the conflict.
"Let's go back to the New York Times picture and story about the closing of the 'propaganda' weapon. There are relevant documents, including the Geneva Conventions, which state: 'Fixed establishments and mobile medical units of the Medical Service may in no circumstances be attacked, but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict.' So page one of the world's leading newspaper is cheerfully depicting war crimes for which the political leadership could be sentenced to death under U.S. law." --from the CD
Noam Chomsky is a world-renowned linguist, lecturer, and critic of U.S. policy and authoritarian structures. He is the author of more than 100 books and ten spoken word CDs.
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