Andrew J. Bacevich thinks our political system is busted. In “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” he argues that the. An immediate New York Times bestseller, The Limits of Power offers an unparalleled examination of the profound triple crisis facing America. Bacevich – The Limits of Power () – Synopsis – Free download as Word Doc ( .doc), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free.
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Hardcoverpages. While I don’t have excerpts of the final chapters here, the hopeful recommendations for our future, the author does provide them. There was a lot of good information and food for thought. I’m about a third into this book, my second of Andrew Bacevich’s, whose conservative bona fides, knowledge of military subjects and grasp of The Big Picture are unassailable, IMHO.
We have somehow built a society based on material expectations where wants have become needs and needs have become rights. How much of this should I believe? Written by a true conservative, ex-military officer and current Boston University professor, this book concisely explains how the actions of citizens, government and the military over the last 45 years have pushed the U. Bacevuch this book, Bacevich weave This is not the easiest book to read because Bacevich aims a magnifying glass at the current status quo in the United States and deconstructs the historic context that explains how we have become a people so accustomed to living beyond our means who refuse to make sacrifices or do without.
Military powsr is responsible for only part of the problem. Away from the sadness and back to the book. This is a measured, well-reasoned and cogently argued statement of how we, as a nation, are eating ourselves alive, ironically destroying our democratic and economic institutions and strength, with our delusions of “destiny” and empire and bacrvich projections of military and political force to maintain these self-destructive notions. Reliance on government power to impose U. American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere sincethat delves deeply into that continuity.
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich
The reciprocal relationship between expansionism, abundance and freedom – each reinforcing the other – no longer exists. Observating llmits religious like fanaticism with which the concept of liberty is treated in public discourse, he argues that we have defined ‘freedom’ in terms of consumerism and capitalism, and our pursuit of this type of freedom forces us to rely on military power to maintain an empire from which we can draw the resources, credit, and labor necessary to pursue our brand of freedom.
Throughout the book, he continually appeals to the wisdom and far-sighted realism of Reinhold Niebuhr. Fo this idea is not new, this book avoids the usual conspiracy theories such as the evil people in charge, or the Capitalism is the Problem, that normally ride along with this type of analysis.
And while he doesn’t blame the American public, per se, he urges us to revise our concept of this nation’s role in the bqcevich.
The Limits of Power
Unflinching and stunningly articulate analysis of the structural flaws in the dominant American narrative. Bacevich argues that America is not learning the lessons it needs to learn from these wars. The purveyors of shock and awe still have to contend with a determined enemy on the ground. Unfortunately, powr these ideas bacvich become firmly ensconced among the oligarchy of those personally loyal to the president, the range of options in foreign policy has been severely limited.
As Bacevich puts it, President Reagan told Americans what they wanted to hear. Americans want more and more, limkts are willing to allow their government to do anything that perpetuates accumulation. Our misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq have revealed the hubris and miscalculation of our military abilities. In ethics, he disdained absolute prohibitions.
As Reinhold Niebuhr once wrote, “To the end of history, social orders will probably destroy themselves in an effort to prove they are baceevich. I recommend it especially to those who consider the application of U. Also, an imperial presidency that increasingly is free from the confines of other parts of government and able to pretty much do whatever he wants in foreign policy.
In his penultimate chapter, Bacevich chronicles the debilitating effects that a culture of entitlement and a narrow mindset among policymakers have on the U. Add big oil and the notion that corporations are the same as individuals and you have a polarized political environment that every four years blames the latest president for a system that is basically broken.
It’s time for some humility and reality. Bacevich points out that the price baceviich our excessive use of oil is undervalued. The fault does not lie with individual presidents, as most people are eager to claim.
It is a heady argument, but his explanation is quite lucid, and takes up the next half of the book. Not only must Americans take a off look what what lifestyle can actually be sustained and abandon their imperial delusions, but we must also reexamine what liberty actually means.
I found the book to be very logical and straightforward, and generally free of rhetoric. Bacevich takes a cleaver and cuts through the BS of the past 50 years, making it clear that, as the hourglass on the cover of the book indicates, time is running out for America to redirect itself.