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The Culture of Terrorism
by Noam Chomsky

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Publication Date: January 1988
Publisher: South End Press
Binding: Trade Paper
Topics: IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR, 1985-1990; UNITED STATES_FOREIGN RELATIONS_1981-1989; UNITED STATES_MILITARY POLICY; TERRORISM_UNITED STATES

Description: A scathing critique of the US political culture, which has brought us Iran-Contra, the New World Order, and so much more. A biting collection of essays.

"The central - and not very surprising - conclusion that emerges from the documentary and historical record is that the U.S. international and security policy, rooted in the structure of power in the domestic society, has as its primary goal the preservation of what we might call the "Fifth Freedom," understood crudely but with a fair degree of accuracy as the freedom to rob, to exploit and dominate, to undertake any course of action to ensure that existing privilege is protected and advanced. This guiding principle was overlooked when Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced the Four Freedoms that the U.S. and its allies would uphold in the conflict with fascism: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom of want, and freedom from fear." - an excerpt from the book

Review(s): "Better than anyone else now writing, Chomsky combines indignation with insight, erudition with moral passion. That is a difficult achievement, and an encouraging one." - In These Times



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