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Author:
George Soros
ISBN13:
978-1586482176
ISBN:
1586482173
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PublicAffairs; 1 edition (December 15, 2003)
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Politics & Government
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I think George Soros is a good American who means well.

I think George Soros is a good American who means well. He cares deeply about nurturing freedom and open societies. He understands that we are clearly playing a zero sum game in Iraq. While this book is by no means a quietus (Soros even says it is not its function), it is worth your time regardless of your politics. The Republicrats have become homogenized talking heads and we need more meaningful rhetoric like the material presented in this book. Bush's policy comes from a narrow group of American Supremacist reactionaries who advocate a unilateralist approach which other nations may join but not influence.

correcting the misuse of american power. Published in the United States by PublicAffairs. A member of the Perseus Books Group. The Bubble of American Supremacy. Printed in the United States of America. For information, address PublicAffairs, 250 West 57th Street, Suite 1321, New York NY 10107.

Start by marking The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting . This book, written in 2003, paints the impending 2004 presidential election as a watershed moment in American history.

Start by marking The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. While Soros is a brilliant man of great visionary ability, I think it can be safely said that his doctrine is, considering the present state of international affairs, utopian. Nonetheless I think he is actually predicting what will happen in the future, although I don't think that such actions will be carried out by or under the auspices of the United Nations as it is presently constituted (and Soros says as much: see pp. 114-117).

Includes bibliographical references and index

Includes bibliographical references and index. Presents an analysis of the Bush Administration's policy in Iraq, arguing that the Iraqi invasion has eroded the basic values of America at home and hurt its standing in the world.

They have used a real fact, our overwhelming military supremacy, to create a deluded worldview, that .

They have used a real fact, our overwhelming military supremacy, to create a deluded worldview, that might makes right and that you're either with us or against us, in the same way that the recent boom used a real fact, the growth in technology, to lead to a delusion, the new economy.

George Soros, a foreign exchange dealer and philanthropist, who has spent a considerable part of his life working on the theory and . The author’s objective is declared in the book’s title – correcting the misuse of American power

His latest work on the subject, entitled The Bubble of American Supremacy. The author’s objective is declared in the book’s title – correcting the misuse of American power.

By George Soros PublicAffairs . The pursuit of American supremacy is a wild extrapolation of that idea, reflecting America's success as the sole remaining superpower. Necons regard the American model of national success as superior to all others and want the rest of the world to benefit from it. That is the origin of the quaint idea that we can introduce democracy to a country like Iraq by military force.

A spirited, polemical book from a man who wants passionately to defend American values from the threat of the careless arrogance embodied by the Bush administration. This is a timely, urgent, essential critique, offering a necessary corrective to prevent a catastrophic collapse of American global influence

Long known as "the world's only private citizen with a foreign policy," George Soros combines his razor-sharp sense of economic trends with his passionate advocacy for open societies and decency in world politics to come up with a workable, and severely critical, analysis of the Bush administration's overreaching, militaristic foreign policy. Soros believes that this administration's plans abroad come from the same sort of "bubble" psychology that afflicted our markets in the late 1990s. They have used a real fact, our overwhelming military supremacy, to create a deluded worldview, that might makes right and that "you're either with us or against us," in the same way that the recent boom used a real fact, the growth in technology, to lead to a delusion, the "new economy." Like the best of the books that have responded quickly to world events, The Bubble of American Supremacy has a clear, intriguing, comprehensive thesis that makes necessary, and compelling, order of our seemingly disordered world.
  • ...to many Americans George Soros is a bad guy with an Eastern European name that tried to buy John Kerry into the White House, a sad and mistaken impression developed by the same folks that bring us more Brittany and Paris when we really need to hear about affordable health care and a plan for Iraq.

    Just as Mr. Soros has spent $500 Million a year for more than a decade trying to relieve suffering and increase opportunity any where in the world that needs it, he has also spent many hours writing a series of books that explain a clear way to look at future needs and the tools to develop the International Policies that will meet those needs.

    I can't recommend this or any other of Mr. Soros efforts strongly enough, you'll never look at the world the same way again.

  • Mr. Soros is not your typical decerebrate from the left. He is sincere and comfortable removing emotion from his arguments. Soros' grasp of financial markets and global economics is quite broad and deep and his analysis of the last 50 years found in chapter six is worth the price of the book alone. As a disciple of Karl Popper's open society Mr. Soros is passionate about his mission -enough to spend many millions of dollars. As a classical liberal, I admire Mr. Soros' general goal of establishing open societies and his effort to privately fund the growth of free societies worldwide.
    Soros's thesis is that US hegemony has gone too far. Our pernicious methods have all but guaranteed exponential growth in international problems unless we do something to curtail our powerful military actions. The response to 9/11 should have been more of a police investigation --not a military action. On these points Soros is absolutely correct. Epuration of Hussein is something upon which Soros seems to be indifferent; but he offers a very good analysis of the Bush administration's failure to adequately understand, plan, and accomplish a "war on terror." The Bush administration has failed miserably due to an emotional reaction driven by fundamentalist beliefs. The result is a tremendously misguided use of our military overseas. At home, civil liberties and social engineering in America have become easy targets for the Bush administration's didactic homeland security thugs.
    Sadly, Soros readily accepts the Democratic party line and its candidates as an oscitant alternative. While he is somewhat critical of the United Nations he is all too ready to accept the UN as a legitimate governing body over international issues. The fact is Democrats will just throw my hard earned money down a rat hole faster then the Republicans. The UN is a corrupt joke with absolutely no legitimacy. Furthermore, Soros offers no criticism toward others in the G7. In fact, he fawns over the European nations morphing into a French apologist half way through the book. Students of history know that the Europeans created much of this gerrymandered mess and now we are forced to deal with the aftermath.
    Soros rejects the notion of the moral imperative. Instead Soros is motivated by the Popperian idea that absolute right and wrong cannot be known. He calls it the "human uncertainty principle." (197) Based on that Soros humbly suggests that he may be wrong, but he is willing to take one for the team in an effort to open up the dialogue and stop the insanity. While I admire his effort and do agree that the Bush administration is clearly out of control, moral imperatives do exist and do not necessarily have to be based on religious foundations. Soros instead suggests a more subversive methodology for achieving open societies and ridding the world of dictators and other leaders who stand in the way. His critique of the US policy toward the states of the former Soviet Union, for example, is right on the money. However his attack on a state's right to protect sovereignty is way off base and he loses a lot of points by constantly revisiting this idea. Cultural differences alone make this an insane idea, let alone the multitude of metaphors acted upon as truth in the world.
    I think George Soros is a good American who means well. He cares deeply about nurturing freedom and open societies. He understands that we are clearly playing a zero sum game in Iraq. This book offers an excellent critique of the failures built into US policy. He likens it to a bubble economic condition where the result can be "quite catastrophic, similar to a bubble's bursting." (203) Soros offers some weak solutions in chapter seven, but I think his goal is less solution based and more focused on stopping the freight train to destruction. Soros does underestimate the fact the there are still really bad people in the world that need to be eliminated before his utopia can be realized. Strangely, Soros offers no detail on how to finance his ideas beyond suggesting that the US tax payer continue to foot the bill. Wrong answer George. While this book is by no means a quietus (Soros even says it is not its function), it is worth your time regardless of your politics. The Republicrats have become homogenized talking heads and we need more meaningful rhetoric like the material presented in this book.

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  • George Soros confronts America with a lot of facts that are disturbing but necessary. Many people in the USA also live in a bubble ignorant of what really is going on in the world and America's role in it. This book reminds me of Oliver Stone's epic TV series "The Untold History of the Unitedl States". This book is a wake up call as relevant now as it was when it first was published.

  • If you think the foreign policy of President George Bush is inept and leading America into a quagmire, then you'll love this book; Soros offers the intelligent businessman's solution to the conservative quicksand.
    Consider the background of Soros and Bush. Soros survived the Nazis and Communists in Hungary, got to the US in 1956 and had enough business acumen to become a billionaire. Bush is the son of Old Establishment money and political patronage who never earned a cent in his life, always relying on his Daddy's wealthy friends. Soros became rich by understanding the motivations and actions of others; Bush became president because political advisers Karl Rove and James Baker saw him as a pliant puppet,
    Does that make either man a foreign affairs expert? No.
    Soros' foreign expertise comes from the $500 million he spends every year to encourage genuine democracy around the world. Bush's policy comes from a narrow group of American Supremacist reactionaries who advocate a unilateralist approach which other nations may join but not influence. Therein lies the difference between the two: Bush has an America First policy, Soros advocates cooperative international solution.
    Who is right? Well, in the world of business, Soros' ideas of cooperation instead of confrontation works well. He outlines his approach with an articulate skill in this book, criticizing the Bush mistakes and saying other nations can offer invaluable help. Soros is the modern equivalent of President Woodrow Wilson who created the League of Nations, a brilliant idea which failed due to American isolationism and its failure to counter aggression. Like Wilson, Soros believes in rational people making intelligent decisions.
    In brief, it is the essence of his book. I recently re-read 'Common Sense' by Thomas Paine, the 1776 book that was the intellectual foundation for the American Declaration of Independence. Soros has written the modern international equivalent, as well-reasoned, eloquent and impassioned as Paine. However, there is a difference. Paine faced King George III, who may have been nuts but was obviously very astute. Today, America faces an amorphous irrational terrorism based on an utterly insane religious fundamentalism.
    Events in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Mid-East countries may well have an impact on the 2004 election. The choice will be between American Supremacist in a "follow us or get ready to fight us" tactics or a policy based on American Leadership with a "we'll respect your views" type of consultation and cooperation.
    Soros has been there. As a Jew in his native Budapest, he survived in the impact of the "Germany Above all Others" policy. He survived the utterly irrational communist fundamentalism. America made him vastly rich. He has been funding democratic programs in Europe since the 1980s. It's an incredible personal schooling on which to base his views.
    The 2004 election debate will likely be on the economy, with foreign policy as the runner-up. Much of the talk show debate involves extremists screaming at each other; Soros offers an intelligent alternative to the current quagmire.