Imperial Ambitions: Conversations with Noam Chomsky on the Post-9/11 World

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations with Noam Chomsky on the Post-9/11 World

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by Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
     
 

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In this first collection of interviews since the bestselling 9-11, our foremost intellectual activist examines crucial new questions of U.S. foreign policy.

In this important program of interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian, Noam Chomsky discusses America’s policies in the increasingly unstable world. With his famous

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In this first collection of interviews since the bestselling 9-11, our foremost intellectual activist examines crucial new questions of U.S. foreign policy.

In this important program of interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian, Noam Chomsky discusses America’s policies in the increasingly unstable world. With his famous insight, lucidity, and redoubtable grasp of history, Chomsky offers his views on the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the doctrine of “preemptive” strikes against so-called rogue states, and the prospects of the second Bush administration, warning of the growing threat to international peace posed by the U.S. drive for domination. In his inimitable style, Chomsky also dissects the propaganda system that fabricates a mythic past and airbrushes inconvenient facts out of history.

Barsamian, recipient of the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, has conducted more interviews and radio broadcasts with Chomsky than has any other journalist. Enriched by their unique rapport, Imperial Ambitions explores topics Chomsky has never before discussed, among them the 2004 presidential campaign and election, the future of Social Security, and the increasing threat, including devastating weather patterns, of global warming. The result is an illuminating dialogue with one of the leading thinkers of our time—and a startling picture of the turbulent world in which we live.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Library Journal
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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“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

winner of the Pulitzer Prize on Propaganda and the Ben Bagdikian
Unique insight into Chomsky's decades of penetrating analyses, drawn together . . . by a brilliant radio interviewer, David Barsamian.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593977931
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Publication date:
10/05/2005
Series:
American Empire Project Series
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 5.76(h) x 0.56(d)

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Imperial Ambitions

Conversations on the Post-9/11 World [American Empire Project]
By Chomsky, Noam

Metropolitan Books

Copyright © 2005 Chomsky, Noam
All right reserved.

ISBN: 080507967X

"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."



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Meet the Author

NOAM CHOMSKY is the author of numerous bestselling political works, from American Power and the New Mandarins in the 1960s to Hegemony or Survival in 2003. A professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

DAVID BARSAMIAN, founder and director of an award-winning and widely-syndicated weekly show, Alternative Radio, has authored several books of interviews with leading political thinkers, including Arundhati Roy, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, and especially Noam Chomsky. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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