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“If, for reasons of chance, or circumstance, (or sloth), you have to pick just one book on the subject of the American Empire, I'd say pick this one. It's the Full Monty. It's Chomsky at his best . . . necessary reading.” Arundhati Roy
“How did we ever get to be an empire? The writings of Noam Chomsky--America's most useful citizen--are the best answer to that question.” The Boston Globe
“Unique insight into Chomsky's decades of penetrating analyses, drawn together . . . by a brilliant radio interviewer, David Barsamian.” Ben Bagdikian, winner of the Pulitzer Prize on Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky
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Unique insight into Chomsky's decades of penetrating analyses, drawn together . . . by a brilliant radio interviewer, David Barsamian.
Since he became politically active in the '60s, Noam Chomsky has been such a tireless critic of American foreign policy, mass media, and the ill effects of globalization that an admiring filmmaker dubbed him "the rebel without a pause." In this series of interviews (his first since 9/11), the MIT linguistics professor reflects on what he views as an increasingly unstable world. His conversations with radio journalist David Barsamian range freely over timely topics including the 2004 presidential campaign and election; the future of Social Security; global warming; "rogue states" and the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
In interviews conducted by radio journalist David Barsamian, linguist/political thinker Chomsky talks about the invasion of Iraq, the future of social security, and plenty of other issues that have him worried. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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“America has formal democratic institutions, but they barely function. So it doesn’t matter if, say, 80 percent of the population thinks we should have some kind of national health-care system. It doesn’t even matter if the large majority regards this as a moral value. When commentators rave on about “moral values,” they’re talking about gay marriage, not the fact that decent health care for everyone is part of people’s moral values. And the reason those commentators don’t care is that it’s not their interest. They’re like me. They get fine health care. So it’s not an issue for them. But for the large majority of the population, it’s a serous issue, and it’s becoming even more so. When Medicaid is destroyed, as it probably will be, that’s going to really harm people. But people are unorganized: they’re not in unions, they’re not in political associations, there are no political parties in which they participate. They’re isolated. The genius of American politics has been to marginalize and isolate the population so it can’t act in its collective interest.”