Deterring Democracy

Deterring Democracy

First edition
Author Noam Chomsky
Publisher Verso Books
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 421
ISBN 0-86091-318-X
OCLC 243729342
327.73 20
LC Class E881 .C48 1992

Deterring Democracy is a book published in 1991 by Noam Chomsky, which explores the differences between the humanitarian rhetoric and imperialistic reality of United States foreign policy and how it affects various countries around the world.

In the book, Chomsky explores the idea that the US is the only remaining world superpower that works to maintain its dominance, even ruthlessly employing violence such as outright invasions and overthrowing governments pursuing independent economic policies. He also discusses the large difference between public opinion on the Cold War, establishment American educated opinion and reality.

The book also contains criticism aimed at the Soviet Union and other communist states, but its major point centres on the fact that although the United States claimed to support freedom in the Cold War, it still supported authoritarian regimes. The conclusion that Chomsky comes to is that, despite U.S claims of supporting freedom, their actual aim was maintaining dominance over resources and geopolitical power.


  1. Cold War: Fact and Fancy
  2. The Home Front
  3. The Global System
  4. Problems of Population Control
  5. The Post-Cold War Era
  6. Nefarious Aggression
  7. The Victors
  8. The Agenda of the Doves: 1988
  9. The Mortal Sin of Self-Defense
  10. The Decline of the Democratic Ideal
  11. Democracy in the Industrial Societies
  12. Force and Opinion

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