U.S. History/Politics/Militarism/Hegemony

For decades throughout Latin America, the Middle East, and around the world the U.S has covertly or through direct military invasion destabilized and overthrown governments, often democratically elected, to institute “regime change” while simultaneously propping up corrupt right-wing military despots. The American government claims to have done this in its role of “fighting communism”, “fighting the drug lords” or “fighting the war on terrorism”. In fact the motivation has invariably been to advance U.S. strategic interests and/or to benefit its corporations by creating investor-friendly governments. Corporate profits are enhanced by securing scarce resources as cheaply as possible and new markets for their products. Meanwhile U.S. backed dictators clamp down on any dissent in the countries being victimized. In many ways America's foreign wars may be viewed as a more direct method of economic globalization. A constant war footing is also necessary to justify ever upwardly spiraling military spending and profits for the military-industrial complex. Canada’s reputation, earned over several decades as a peacekeeper, is being shredded by the misuse of our military forces as auxiliaries in America’s farcical “war on terror”. For decades Americans have ascribed their economic prowess to unrestrained capitalism or the blessing of divine providence, but in reality the high standard of living enjoyed by many in the U.S. has been built upon the ruthless exploitation of the resources and labour of other countries at far below their fair value.
American corporate media are complicit in this by spinning a fantasy world far removed from real-world information and context. “American exceptionalism” is used to excuse hypocritical conduct by that country. Anyone attempting to hold U.S. actions to the same standards that it claims apply to the rest of the world can expect to be accused of “moral relativism” by U.S. apologists. Right-wing critics can be counted on for an immediate knee-jerk dismissal of this as “anti-American” but in reality it is a description of the American Empire at work. See also the short article   And they call it democracy

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism    by Naomi Klein (2007)     Details how around the world neoliberal economic policies require disaster, deception, or dictatorship for their implementation upon and victimization of an unwilling population.    Also Audiobook CD and DVD

The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth About Global Corruption    by John Perkins (2007)     A former insider's revelations on the connection between corporate greed and American imperialism.    Also Audiobook CD

Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest For Global Dominance    by Noam Chomsky (2003)     Reveals U.S. human rights hypocrisy, marginalization of the U.N., American invasions and coups around the world and control of the media.

Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq    by Stephen Kinzer (2006)     Chronicles past U.S. regime changes and the commercial interests behind them.

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man    by John Perkins (2004)     A former insider describes how developing world countries become entrapped by debt and then fall victim to pressure by the U.S. government and are preyed on by its corporations.    Also Downloadable Internet Audiobook

Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II    updated edition by William Blum (2004)     Comprehensive blow-by-blow history American invasions, coups, electoral interference, and support for terrorists in the post-war era.

Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back    by Amy Goodman and David Goodman (2006)     Chronicles the lies and deceptions of the Bush White House and media complicity.

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic    by Chalmers Johnson (2004)     Describes how U.S. military bases form the physical infrastructure of its empire, the rise to supremacy of the military-industrial complex, and provides a detailed analysis of American military/espionage institutions.

Rogue Nation: The America the Rest of the World Knows    by Peter Scowen (2002)     U.S. aggression against and overthrow of governments of various countries from the end of World War II onward. Also looks at the American religious right and 2000 election.

An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire    by Arundhati Roy (2004)     A series of essays mainly concentrating on the American Empire and its effects on the world.

A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present    by Howard Zinn (2003)     The classic work on American history from the perspective of the common people and their struggle.

Dude, Where’s My Country?    by Michael Moore (2003)     Raises unanswered questions about 9/11 and examines White House lies about the Iraq war as well as looking at the Wall Street financial casino.    Also Audiobook CD