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From: David Stodolsky <>
Subject: Re: Cryonics/Life Extension Survey "Beta
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006 19:04:43 +0200

On 2 Apr 2006, at 23:58, Jeff Davis wrote:

> This is prefatory to my point, which is that the
> "Cryonics is a longshot" meme -- whole cloth,
> prejudicial, non-fact-based crap -- needs to be
> aggressively challenged.

Many consider social factors as the major risk to revival. Chomsky's  
recent book suggests that the USA is turning into a 'failed state'  
that will not control violence within its own boarders. He was  
interviewed on Democracy Now! last week and I found his argument  
convincing, unfortunately. Given the continuing terrorist activity  
against medical facilities providing abortion services, the risk to  
cryonics facilities is high - should cryonics be seized upon as an  
issue by religious fanatics.



Failed States : The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
by Noam Chomsky

Book Description
The world's foremost critic of U.S. foreign policy exposes the hollow  
promises of democracy in American actions abroad and at home

The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene  
against  failed states  around the globe. In this much anticipated  
sequel to his international bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam  
Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a  
 failed state,  and thus a danger to its own people and the world.

 Failed states  Chomsky writes, are those  that do not protect their  
citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, that regard  
themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and  
that suffer from a  democratic deficit,' having democratic forms but  
with limited substance.  Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic  
policies, Chomsky assesses Washington's escalation of the nuclear  
risk; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and  
America's self-exemption from international law. He also examines an  
American electoral system that frustrates genuine political  
alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy.

Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed States offers a  
comprehensive analysis of a global superpower that has long claimed  
the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic  
institutions are in severe crisis, and its policies and practices  
have recklessly placed the world on the brink of disaster.  
Systematically dismantling America's claim to being the world's  
arbiter of democracy, Failed States is Chomsky's most focused and  
urgent critique to date.


David Stodolsky    Skype: davidstodolsky

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