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Hegemony or Survival, by Noam Chomsky, published November 2003
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Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance, was the book held up by Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2006. Pres. Chavez used the book to exemplify the dangers of US hegemony, which means the risks of the US imposing its will by force over the rest of world. Chomsky's book provides a detailed history of US hegemony, with lessons for current US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chomsky considers the US to be the world's leading "rogue state" and recommends that the US abide by UN and World Court decisions.
Borrowing a line from US linguist and foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky, Venezuela's President Chavez told the 61st UN General Assembly that the world currently faces the choice between continued US hegemony and human survival. Chavez also called for the re-founding of the United Nations, so as to avert this danger.-- VenezuelAnalysis.com, September 20, 2006
Excerpts from Pres. Chavez' speech to the UN:
I would like to invite all of those, who have not had a chance, to read this book that we have read: Noam Chomsky, one of the most prestigious intellectuals of America and the world. One of Chomsky's most recent works: Hegemony or Survival?
America's Quest for Global Dominance. An excellent piece to help us understand what happened in the world during the 20th century, what is going on now and the greatest threat looming over our planet: the hegemonic pretension of US Imperialism that puts at risk the very survival of the human species. We continue to warn about this danger and call on the people of the US and the world to halt this threat that is like the sword of Damocles.
I think our brothers and sisters of the United States should be the first citizens to read this book because the threat is in their own house. The Devil is in their home. The Devil, the Devil himself is in their home.
The Devil came here yesterday (laughter and applause). Yesterday the Devil was here, in this very place. This table from where I speak still smells like sulfur. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, in this same hall the President of the United States, who I call "The Devil," came here talking as if he owned the world. It would take a psychiatrist to analyze the US president's speech from yesterday.
As the spokesperson for Imperialism he came to give us his recipes for maintaining the current scheme of domination, exploitation and pillage of the world's people. It would make a good Alfred Hitchcock movie. I could even suggest a title: "The Devil's Recipe." That is to say, US Imperialism, and here Chomsky says it with profound and crystalline clarity, is making desperate efforts to consolidate its hegemonic system of domination. We cannot allow this to occur, we cannot permit them to install a world dictatorship, to consolidate a world dictatorship.
The US president said the following yesterday in this same hall, I quote: "everywhere you turn, you hear extremists who tell you that you can escape your misery and regain your dignity through violence and terror and martyrdom." Wherever he looks he sees extremists. I am sure he sees you, brother, with your skin color, and thinks you are an extremist. With his color, the dignified President of Bolivia Evo Morales, who was here yesterday, is an extremist. The imperialists see extremists all around. No, its not that we are extremists. What is happening is that the world is waking up and people everywhere are rising up. I have the impression Mr. Imperialist dictator that you will live the rest of your days as if in a nightmare, because no matter where you look we will be rising up against US imperialism.
Yes, they call us extremists, we who demand complete freedom in the world, equality among peoples and respect for national sovereignty.
The US president came to speak to the people of Afghanistan, to the people of Lebanon, to the people of Iran. One has to wonder, when listening to the US president speak to those people: what would those people say to him? If those people could talk to him, what would they say? I think I have an idea because I know the souls of the majority of those people, the people of the South, the downtrodden peoples would say: Yankee imperialist go home! That would be the shout that would echo around the world, if these people of the world could speak with only one voice to the US Empire.