This volume gathers the work of leading left-wing analysts of imperialism to examine the burning question of our time - the nature and prospects of the US imperial project currently being given shape by war and occupation in the Middle East. Noam Chomsky, Immanuel Wallerstein, Peter Gowen and others discuss the dynamics at work behind the 'War on Terrorism'. Their analyses locate recent developments within a longer historical arc, and set out the central questions for research and debate: is US unilateralism and militarism a sign of the increasing strength of the world's only remaining superpower? Or a desperate response to the erosion of the strategy it developed for ensuring its leadership over the advanced capitalist world during the Cold War? Essays by Barbara Epstein, Amlya Kumar Bagchi and others also examine the prospects for the resistance to imperialism in the United States and globally.
John Bellamy Foster is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon. He has written several books including Marx's Ecology and Ecology Against Capitalism, and he is the co-editor of Monthly Review. Robert W. McChesney is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois, and the author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy and Our Media, Not Theirs. He is also co-editor of Monthly Review.
Preface John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney PART ONE: U.S. IMPERIALISM HAS A LONG HISTORY 1. Kipling, the "White Man's Burden," and U.S. Imperialism Harry Magdoff, John Bellamy Foster, and Robert W. McChesney 2. Imperial Ambition Noam Chomsky, interviewed by David Barsamian 3.The Grid of History: Cowboys and Indians Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 4. U.S. Weakness and the Struggle for Hegemony Immanuel Wallerstein PART TWO: THE GEOPOLITICS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY OF U.S. IMPERIALISM 5. The New Geopolitics Michael Klare 6. U.S. Hegemony Today Peter Gowan 7. The Global Minotaur Joseph Halevi and Yanis Varoufakis 8. The Two Wings of the Eagle William K. Tabb PART THREE: RESISTANCE 9. Confronting the Empire Samir Amin 10. The Parameters of Resistance Amiya Kumar Bagchi 11. Can U.S. Workers Embrace Anti-Imperialism? Bill Fletcher Jr. 12. Prospects for Anti-imperialism: Coming to Terms with Our Own Bourgeoisie Sam Gindin 13. Notes on the Antiwar Movement Barbara Epstein 14. Construction of an Enemy Eleanor Stein 15. Homeland Imperialism: Fear and Resistance Bernardine Dohrn 16. The New Age of Imperialism John Bellamy Foster Contributors Notes Index