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Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    Highly recommended. Throughout the U.S. and the world, individuals' sense of self actualization and their experience of life is being shaped by increasingly rarefied property ownership norms and a priority with owning/having objects and what's fashionable. Wage compensation is becoming an alienated essence for expropriated surplus value created by third world laborers and related third world labor circuits (clothing contract manufacturers & natural resource miners/workers -- South-East Asia, Latin America, Africa). Concurrently, an abstracting and dehumanization of social norms is accelerating within an increasingly rarefied American class system divorced from the realities of the world outside. People in the US are, increasingly leading atomized and detached lives, separated from community and identity outside of the consumer realm. Individuals' integrity and concerns with social justice recede as income gaps worsen. Moreover, the lens and organs of the national media (entertainment spectacle and joke that it has become) are themselves becoming tools for manipulation rather than a resource for public information. The media advances zones of comfort, consumption cocoons that insulate from reality, which become the norm while increasingly detached from stark socioeconomic realities in the inner cities and the Third World. Resources are appropriated from abroad (coffee beans (Brazil/Central America/India), oil, aluminum,rubber, etc.) at cutthroat prices. Media, social and political circles -- Western intelligentsia -- become increasingly separated from the core social spaces in which methods of production were originally architected by post WW II British/American elites. Significantly, America's intellectual discourse deteriorates as it shifts to celebrity stories, sports metaphors, hierarchical norms -- all designed to subconsciously encourage broad based passive submission to authority structures.

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