Roberto Sirvent, Danny Haiphong, Ajamu Baraka – foreword, Glen Ford – afterword – American Exceptionalism and American Innocence

Did the U.S. really save the world in World War II? Should black athletes stop protesting and show more gratitude for what America has done for them? Are wars fought to spread freedom and democracy? Or is this all fake news?

American Exceptionalism and American Innocence examines the stories were told that lead us to think that the U.S. is a force for good in the world, regardless of slavery, the genocide of indigenous people, and the more than a centurys worth of imperialist war that the U.S. has wrought on the planet.

Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong detail just what Captain Americas shield tells us about the pretensions of U.S. foreign policy, how Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates engage in humanitarian imperialism, and why the Broadway musical Hamilton is a monument to white supremacy.

Author: Roberto Sirvent, Danny Haiphong, Ajamu Baraka – foreword, Glen Ford – afterword
Narrator: Timothy Andrs Pabon
Duration: 12 hours 38 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2004
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

spend off-duty

Challenges everything, however; you’re left with the question of whether a permanent change in the situation is possible because of the impossibility of the total system change that is called for in the book. Capitalism isn’t the end of history but there should be some care in how to dismantle it. Understanding that the uniquely United States form and it’s barbarism is so closely tied with it founding in slavery comes with a new understanding when the role of inherited wealth is explained. When you understand that the bigotry and violence is from the favored group in this country to every other group, you see how concentrated power amongst people with a shared identity is an idea that is unhealthy for the species survival. Any form of government that wishes to sustain itself as a gift to all mankind will have to focus on removing or checking the unhealthy urge that drives our species death instinct. This seems to be much simpler than philosophers have made it, as it is the want to push others beneath us or the singular ego. You see this destructive urge so strong that it destroys all from top to bottom. Might be a bit over simplified, as this is only my first read. The book has thrown many of my previous thoughts into question.