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World Orders Old and New
World Orders Old and New
By Noam Chomsky
Columbia University Press, 1994, 311 pp

The dean of American left-wing intellectuals updates his views of world politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and not surprisingly he does not like what he sees. The Cold War for Chomsky was merely an interlude in the long-term domination of the world by Europe, and the New World Order is very much like the old. He is particularly hard on the Clinton administration for mouthing a lot of shibboleths about democracy and humanitarian intervention while pursuing policies that preserve American hegemony. The Clintonites, according to the author, have merely replaced defense spending with industrial policy. The last third of the book is devoted to lambasting the current peace process in the Middle East as an Arab surrender to U.S.-Israeli force majeure. Chomsky's critique remains quite traditional in many ways. The problem for him is class domination of the Pentagon and large corporations; newer issues of gender, race, sexual orientation, and the like get slender mention.