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Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in At TMV | 11 comments

A Rogue State?


Noam Chomsky writes that the United States has become a one party nation and a rogue state:

The U.S. is still a one-party state, the business party. But it only has one faction: moderate Republicans, now called New Democrats (as the U.S. Congressional coalition styles itself).

There is still a Republican organization, but it long ago abandoned any pretense of being a normal parliamentary party. Conservative commentator Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute describes today’s Republicans as “a radical insurgency — ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition”: a serious danger to the society.

Chomsky claims that the United States represents a serious danger to other countries. That is why China is calling for the “de-Americanization” of the world — something that Samuel Huntington foresaw fifteen years ago:

In 1999, political analyst Samuel P. Huntington warned that for much of the world, the U.S. is “becoming the rogue superpower,” seen as “the single greatest external threat to their societies.”

A few months into the Bush term, Robert Jervis, president of the American Political Science Association, warned that “In the eyes of much of the world, in fact, the prime rogue state today is the United States.” Both Huntington and Jervis warned that such a course is unwise. The consequences for the U.S. could be harmful.

It is now common for the U.S. to act alone, without international allies:

To take a typical example, a few weeks ago U.S. special operations forces snatched a suspect, Abu Anas al-Libi, from the streets of the Libyan capital Tripoli, bringing him to a naval vessel for interrogation without counsel or rights. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry informed the press that the actions are legal because they comply with American law, eliciting no particular comment.

For those who claim that America’s actions are justified, Chomsky imagines a situation where the shoe would be on the other foot:

Reactions would be a bit different, needless to say, if Cuban special forces kidnapped the prominent terrorist Luis Posada Carriles in Miami, bringing him to Cuba for interrogation and trial in accordance with Cuban law.

In his recent book, How We Lead, former prime minister Joe Clark writes that foreign policy under the Harper government is driven by the same imperative. That kind of behaviour entrenches the rule of the jungle. And, in the jungle, no one is safe.

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  • rudi

    NC is full of BS. Were still in shock from 911. All politicians bow to the NSA…

  • sheknows

    I am sure it is difficult for many who have fought for this country to read an article like this.
    In the last decade we have made some very disturbing discoveries about our nation and it’s leadership. We have seen some changes in our thinking, both politically and ethically, all for the worse, perhaps as a direct result. Our standards for gauging the truth or even valuing it have become almost non-existent. From informing the public about the food it eats, to secret drone strikes and spying. As for big business and legislation which promotes their power? When did we know corporations were people? When did we know Citizens United was the law that runs our government? And did we know that now, they are fighting for corporations to have ” religious freedom” now?
    Perhaps we knew all along we had some real “power” issues and ego issues , but I don’t think we felt ourselves dishonest. Now we see we cannot trust our leaders or our government to be honest with us, pretty much about anything.

    Are we living in a state where we have become the enemy? Are we the inhabitants of the Matrix only here to serve?

  • Excellent comment, sheknows.

  • JSpencer

    I think Chomsky’s take has all to much truth to it. Also agree with sheknows comment. We aren’t the country we used to be (as much as some would like to believe we are) and it should be no surprise that other countries look askance at us.

  • justcowboyway

    Aree with Ms Sheknows and Mr Sweete.

  • ordinarysparrow

    Nowadays both China and Russia envy United States Democracy….

    Am no longer under any illusion the current U.S. government is functioning, “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

    It is becoming progressively harder to read and engage in political discourse for it is a multi-layered cesspool of seductive deceptions that peter out as soon as they are elected… At that point the legislation is not for the people by for the elected…by for those in economic power.

    ” Of the 100 largest financial units in the world today are countries and 51 are corporations, Digest that, what does it mean? Corporations are the driving force of decision making today. Corporations are not concerned with human rights, not concerned with the environmental sustainability, not concerned with the supplying liveable wages. So what kind of decisions are going to be made on the behalf of the people by a world that is run by economic power?” Oren Lyons

    Checked to see who the largest corporation is at this time: Walmrt.

    I agree with SheKnows we have become the enemy.. In the pursuit of cheap stuff, we create switchbacks that feed these monsters and leave us without power, for economic power dominates time and time again.

    We all witnessed Occupy Wall Street, how it was squashed by the media which is in the hands of economic power…Instead of having a media align with the people, they aligned with the economic powers, as they repeatedly illuminated dire and dust of the movement instead of the powerful rising.

    Most of us see it, live in it, and are clueless as to how it can be turned around.

    Our Democracy at this time is not working as a democracy but rather a protection of the rights for capitalism…

    Our corporations,our legislation,our individual lives and hearts need to grow up so there can be sustainable life for all on this planet. Instead of seeing everything through the Bill of Rights, we are in dire need to see and be in this world with Bills of Responsibility….

    No tree grows by itself, and we can no longer continue to live the chronic contraction of ‘what’s in it for me’. There is and will continue to be Hell to Pay for what we are allowing this day… We have dropped the children on our backs…

  • SteveK

    Thanks Owen, you (and Noam Chomsky) raise several very good points… They are all important issues and each one warrants more investigation and discussion.

    Unfortunately the congress won’t be able to get to it, they’re preoccupied. It’s not easy learning website design… But someone’s got to do it.

  • China moved from Communism to Fascism while the U.S. is moving from Democracy to Fascism. The final destination is the same and it really doesn’t matter where you started.

  • Today

    I do not know if Noam Chomsky is a hypnotist or an oracle. However, he is very convincing, even when I disagree with.

  • ShannonLeee

    We need to reign ourselves in for sure, but if I had to pick a sheriff, it would be the USA.

  • JSpencer

    Thanks sparrow, your quote gets right to the nitty gritty – and it ain’t pretty.

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