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By Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman

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ISBN-13: 9781608464388

With a brand new preface via the authors, this significant other ebook to The Washington Connection and 3rd international Fascism, dissects the aftermath of the conflict in Southeast Asia, the refugee challenge, the Vietnam/Cambodia clash and the Pol Pot regime.

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The second extraordinary characteristic of the late nineteenth-century state was its militarization. Between 1880 and 1914 most European states built massive military Perspectives on world politics 24 machines costing an ever-increasing proportion of national wealth. Finer cites a few figures that are symbolic of the trend. British military expenditures in the last decade of the nineteenth century amounted to about £36 million. 3 In the next decade they increased to £876 million, that is, more than a twenty-fold expansion within less than twenty years.

Everything within an organic society requires its own proportionate place in a complex economic and social structure. […] We see here a notion of a contract: the government can extract, but it can do so only to redistribute what it takes in terms of government functions to provide security from external threats and to protect the life and property of royal subjects. This is a distinctly public view of finances and implies constraints on frivolous spending. The state is an agent of redistribution, not an agent for the personal gain of the monarch.

In a typical OECD country today, government receipts, mostly through taxes, constitute more than 40 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). […] Ideas The ways we look at the world, perceive events, and conduct our daily activities—our mental frames of reference—are highly conditioned by statehood and our ideas about states. So are our identities. Nationality and occupation are among the main forms of identity today as anyone learns quickly when traveling abroad. They were not several centuries ago, when religion and family lineage were of greater importance.

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