Overthrow Stephen Kinzer Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… In the introduction of his book, Overthrow, professor Kinzer states, “Why does a strong nation strike against a weaker one? Usually because it seeks to impose its ideology, increase its power, or gain control of valuable resources”. It is comprehensible that every nation or empire started from revolution, the desire for self-determination, and the proclamation of independence for a nation. All of which is pay for by the blood shred of its own people. Two hundred years ago, these colonial states rebelled from the British empires for the rights to self-government and sovereignty. They won the war and so a nation was born. There after, one can read its history and ask what happen to the morality of this new born nation? From colonial states to achievements of great global power, at the costs of killings native people, and wipe out their existence through wars and genocide. Furthermore, carry out unthinkable means against third world countries seem to be the habit or natural characteristics of the American. As Kinzer writes in his book, “how the United States came to dominate Hawaii, are full of themes that would resurface time and again as Americans fell into the habit of deposing foreign leaders” (Kinzer 10). Like an infant sucking on his mother’s breast for milk, this nation requires resources to flourish, it is only natural. The issues in question here are the …show more content…
In her introduction of the book, she writes “with the pivotal Philippine War of 1898-1902, which marked the emergence of the United States as a global power and allowed President McKinley to set a number of precedents for ‘perception management’ (Brewer 9). What does that means? It means that government leaders can explain to the Americans people why they fight by “translate war aims into propaganda – the deliberate manipulation of facts, ideas, and lies. To do so they condense complex foreign policies into easily communicated messages: ‘to make the world safe for democracy’ or ‘to lead the Free World’” (Brewer 4). Furthermore, Noam Chomsky writes in his book title: Media Control the Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, “an alternative conception of democracy is that the public must be barred from managing of their own affairs and the means of information must be kept narrowly and rigidly controlled” (Chomsky 10). This is not the task of an ordinary American like you and I. It is the top down approach by our leaders for total control of information for one purpose. That purpose is to manipulate, underhanded, and scheme the public so that they may shelter their conniving actions in the name of American expansion. Wretchedly, the American media are deeply rooted in participation of this ordeal, for they are the “medium” associated directly to the daily life of the average Joe. To protect their self-interest, these American

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