World Orders, Old and New

Noam Chomsky, Et, Author Columbia University Press $32.5 (311p) ISBN 978-0-231-10156-1
To Chomsky, the Cold War was just a passing phase in the West's 500-year global domination of poorer nations, providing the U.S. with easy formulas to justify criminal interventionist actions abroad and entrenchment of privilege and state power at home. Marshaling meticulous scholarship, this leading critic of American foreign policy cogently argues that Washington's support-open and covert-for repressive regimes in Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Angola and elsewhere has undermined attempts to create meaningful democracy, thus exacerbating poverty and misery. Chomsky, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguistics professor, describes NAFTA as a protectionist pact, mislabeled ``free trade,'' which is likely to drive millions of Mexicans out of work while enriching U.S. agribusiness. He sets the Israeli-Arab conflict in the broad context of America's postwar domination of the Middle East along lines established by British imperialism, with family dictatorships taking orders from Washington and protected by ``regional enforcers,'' preferably non-Arab (Turkey, Israel, Iran under the shah, Pakistan). His devastating critique of the ``new world order'' foresees a growing abyss between rich and poor-both internationally and at home. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1994
Release date: 11/01/1994
Genre: Nonfiction
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