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Washington's New Cold War: A Socialist Perspective

Washington's New Cold War: A Socialist Perspective

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Publication Date: December 13th, 2022
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Argues the forces which originally drove us into the Cold War never went anywhere, and the stakes are higher than ever

As the American people delude themselves once more into thinking of the United States as a liberating force for peace in the world, Waging a New Cold War invites us, instead, to think for ourselves. Behind the scenes the plans to wage war have been laid--either by proxy, as in Ukraine, or directly, against the U.S.'s old twentieth-century foes. Waging a New Cold War: A Socialist Perspective makes a strong case that, as the official story is laid out by government propagandists, and as the mainstream media provides cover, the aim of this latest set of American military escapades remains the same as ever: Maintenance of U.S hegemony in the global financial system. Foregrounded with an introduction by Vijay Prashad, this cogent collaboration puts forth three essays that illustrate clearly that, while the Cold War against the Soviet Union ended, the "cold war" against the "enemies" of the United States did not. Furthermore, its authors lay out evidence that the U.S. establishment has been willing to risk nuclear winter--in other words, mutual annihilation--to hold onto economic primacy. And they show that, while Russia and China can each be criticized, justifiably, for their violations of human life and dignity, neither, on its own, threatens the eruption of a Third World War and the end of the human race as we know it. Just in time, we have in our hands an intelligent text that strengthens our struggle against the cynical machinations of the American military behemoth and its propaganda machine.

About the Author

Vijay Prashad (Author) Vijay Prashad is the Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is the author or editor of several books, including Washington Bullets, The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South, and Red Star Over the Third World. He writes regularly for Frontline, The Hindu, Alternet, and BirGun. He is Chief Editor at LeftWord Books. John Bellamy Foster (Author) John Bellamy Foster is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Oregon and editor of Monthly Review. He has written many books including The Robbery of Nature (with Brett Clark) and The Return of Nature, which won the Deutscher Memorial Prize. John Ross (Author) John Ross (Luo Siyi) is a senior fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China. He was formerly director of economic policy for the mayor of London. Deborah Veneziale (Author) Deborah Veneziale is a journalist and editor who has worked in the global supply chain sector for 35 years. She also collaborates as a researcher with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. She is currently living in Venice, Italy.