American Power and the New Mandarins by Noam Chomsky

By Noam Chomsky

It is a facsimile reproduction of Noam Chomsky's iconic anti-war book.

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By a "political equilibrium," they do not, of course, refer to the status quo as of 1945-1946 or as outlined by international agreement at Geneva in 1954. They do not explain why the credibility of the United States is more important than the credibility of the indigenous elements in Vietnam who have dedicated themselves to a war of national liberation. Nor do they explain why the morale of the military dictatorships of Thailand and Taiwaq must be preserved. They merely hint darkly of the dangers of a third world war, dangers which are real enough and which are increased when advocates .

To explain this phenomenon, Mitchell turns to history and behavioral psychology. " The "behavioral explanation" lies "in the relative docility of poorer peasants and the firm authority of landlords in the more 'feudal' areas ... " This observaVol1 points to a difficulty that has always plagued the American. effort. " He therefore feels that popularity of governments, reform, and modernization may be "impo~taht · ingredients," but that their role in counterinsurgency "must be measured more in terms of their contributions to physical sec\lri ty.

What is . more, the subversion of scholarship poses a threat to society at large. The danger is particularly great in a society that encourages specialization and stands in awe of technical expertise. In such circumstances, the opportunities are great for the abuse of 25 AMERICAN POWER AND THE NEW MANDARINS knowledge and technique-to be more exact, the claim to knowledge and technique. 6 Is the new access to power of the technical intelligentsia a delusion or a growing reality? 117 A careful look at the "skeletal structure" of this new society, if such it is, is hardly reassuring.

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