Why Do People Hate America?
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'Required reading' Independent 'Why Do People Hate America?' carefully documents the impact America, culturally and as an aggressive yet insular force, has on all our lives.' -- John Pilger, New Statesman `This is very much a polemical work - but it is well structured and well argued, and certainly a thought-provoking synthesis of the reasons why these question needs to be asked.' -- Bookgeeks `A sobering and necessary read.' -- Bookgeeks `Rarely has a book filled me with such despair for the future of our planet. It's made all the more breathtaking by the clarity of thinking and writing.' -- Morning Star --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ziauddin Sardar is a prominent journalist and author. Prolific and polymathic, he is a regular contributor to the New Statesman and The Observer, and a familiar television and radio personality. Merryl Wyn Davies is a writer, anthropologist and former producer of religious programmes for the BBC. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Fortunately, Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies have provided for us a powerful and challenging book which reflects a serious study of the many reasons behind this question. This is an important book for the present time and because it is written for a wide audience has the potential to really open up the debate concerning the numerous effects of what they refer to succinctly as the 'American Way', on communities around the world. In particular the rigid adherence to the economic 'growth' model is considered, and America's control of the institutions of globalisation, such as the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank and the IMF, which stand above all other considerations as the main cause of global hatred of the American Way, if not (thankfully) of the American people themselves, many of whom are by now just as appalled by (and powerless to redirect) the actions of their own government and institutions.
Then entrenched self-obsession of America, that its culture and value systems are 'simply the best: the last best hope for humanity', is perhaps the most powerful understanding that comes across over and over again through the pages of this book, as we are shown clearly how what used to be a 'super power' has now become a 'hyper power', dominating the whole world. This absolute faith in themselves and the American Way is promoted, entrenched, fought for and defended with no concern for evaluation. The reader experiences a great deal of empathy for those 'others' on the receiving end of the destructive outcomes of the whole process, leading to a good understanding of why many people hate what America stands for.
The authors concentrate on four main themes. Through film and TV we are introduced into a method of presenting American ideas, such as 'The West Wing', a soap opera based on a fictional depiction of the White House, which was used to discuss the 9-11 attack and which presented the reasons as the resurrection of the historical 'clash of civilisations', an extreme oversimplification of the real truth. The influences of European colonial history and American history and culture are also described. Politics and war are discussed and a full list of the 133 wars and military interventions which America has been party to over the last century or so is provided by way of illustrating their global control of political systems. But perhaps most importatly the economic system (globalisation) is considered, and its destructive effect on communities and cultures around the world, particularly in 'developing' countries. The main beneficiaries of which, we are informed, are American consumers.
'Why do people hate America?' introduces us to the importance of all these issues and deserves to be well read, but whether people will want to know the truth is another matter.
Certainly food for thought. Even if you don't agree with the ideas and believe that the US policy cannot be held responsible for anti-US sentiments, it's worth reading to see why it is that some people do believe this.
That being said - it should be noted that both these eloquent authors have anthropological backgrounds, and as such tend to boil the question/title of the book down to anthropological answers. That may have worked if American were a democracy, and the populace shaped by this popular culture actually ruled. America is not, and Americans do not. As in Europe and the rest of the world, the US is a Representative Democracy, meaning the people hand over their will to an elect group every four years or so. This elect group (gov't) are the ones who make the foreign policy and carry out the decisions and action which are the prime reason Americans are "hated" by some. That this elect group also suffers from 'knowledgeable ignorance' (which the authors diagnose Americans with), this book has not managed to convince me. The premise that world sentiment 'against' the US has it's roots in prevalent public attitudes within the US, is the only short comming to this book, in my opinion. But regardless of whether it fully accomplishes to answer the title question, the anthropological studies within should be, as others have said, 'required reading'.
Despite its political and philosophical content, it is also highly readable. I think it is difficult to discount as a piece of anti-US propaganda as it eloquently disects everything from US TV and media concerns stifling normal debate within the US to the heavy handedness and undemocratic nature of US foreign policy.
Truly enlightening, and I am sure it should be read by every American and for that matter European, as much of the subject matter applies to many former colonial countries too.
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