Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance

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"Unwavering political contrarian Noam Chomsky smart-bombs the U.S. military's global Interventions (City Lights). Shock and awe!"—Vanity Fair

Making the Future presents more than fifty concise and persuasively argued commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011.

Taken together, Chomsky's essays present a powerful counter-narrative to official accounts of the major political events of the past four years: the wars in...

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Overview

"Unwavering political contrarian Noam Chomsky smart-bombs the U.S. military's global Interventions (City Lights). Shock and awe!"—Vanity Fair

Making the Future presents more than fifty concise and persuasively argued commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011.

Taken together, Chomsky's essays present a powerful counter-narrative to official accounts of the major political events of the past four years: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the U.S. presidential race; the ascendancy of China; Latin America's leftward turn; the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; Israel's invasion of Gaza and expansion of settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank; developments in climate change; the world financial crisis; the Arab Spring; the assassination of Osama bin Laden; and the Occupy protests. Laced throughout his critiques are expressions of commitment to democracy and the power of popular struggles. "Progressive legislation and social welfare," writes Chomsky, "have been won by popular struggles, not gifts from above. Those struggles follow a cycle of success and setback. They must be waged every day, not just once every four years, always with the goal of creating a genuinely responsive democratic society, from the voting booth to the workplace."

Making the Future is a follow-up to Interventions, published by City Lights in 2007 and banned from Guantánamo Bay by U.S. military censors. Both books are drawn from articles Chomsky has been writing regularly for the New York Times Syndicate, but which go largely ignored by newspapers in the United States. Making the Future offers fierce, accessible, timely, gloves-off political writing by one of America's foremost intellectual and political dissidents.

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Chomsky's (Understanding Power) latest collection of commentary focuses on a familiar theme: the perils of American hegemony abroad and the inexorable growth of the American corporate military industrial complex. While studying issues ranging from Iran's nuclear capabilities to the recent financial meltdown to the dubious results of the Honduras election, Chomsky keeps pointing the finger in the same direction-at highly suspect conspiracies of power to perpetuate, by force if necessary, American (i.e. corporate) interests. The consequences will be catastrophic, in Chomsky's view, and his latest is typically full of insightful analysis and a harsh viewpoint that may be problematic for anyone who doesn't share his cynicism of American power. Likewise, his interdisciplinary approach may be helpful for people who are not adept at drawing conclusions about policy, specifically how decisions can be informed by a variety of factors and interests and result in myriad consequences. However, Chomsky's latest is but another variation on a theme and readers who accept his premises might be frustrated by repetition and a lack of solutions. Is it important to get this information out? Absolutely. Will Chomsky convert anyone new to his beliefs with this latest? Probably not.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872865372
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: City Lights Open Media
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 387,331
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1928. He studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1955, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and began teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.

During the years 1951 to 1955, Chomsky was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. While a Junior Fellow he completed his doctoral dissertation entitled, “Transformational Analysis.” The major theoretical viewpoints of the dissertation appeared in the monograph Syntactic Structure, which was published in 1957 and is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. This formed part of a more extensive work, The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory, circulated in mimeograph in 1955. Most of a 1956 version was published in 1975.

In 1961, Chomsky was appointed full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (now the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy) at MIT. From 1966 to 1976 he held the Ferrari P. Ward Professorship of Modern Languages and Linguistics. In 1976 he was appointed Institute Professor, a position he held until 2002.
Chomsky is the author of numerous influential political works, including Failed States (Metropolitan Books), Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance (Metropolitan Books), 9/11 (Open Media Series/ Seven Stories Press), Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media with Ed Herman (Pantheon), Necessary Illusions (South End Press), Understanding Power (New Press), Interventions (Open Media Series/ City Lights), Hopes and Prospects (Haymarket) and many other titles.

In 1988, Chomsky received the Kyoto Prize in Basic Science, given “to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual development of mankind.” The prize noted that “Dr. Chomsky’s theoretical system remains an outstanding monument of 20th century science and thought. He can certainly be said to be one of the great academicians and scientists of this century.”

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    Excellent, informative collection of articles

    This is a collection of the monthly columns that Noam Chomsky wrote for the New York Times Syndicate from April 2007 to October 2011. It comprises 52 articles, mostly commenting on the USA’s foreign policies as applied to Korea, Mexico, Palestine, Iran, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, Georgia, Latin America and Libya; and there are ten on the US economy.

    He notes that Israeli military thinker Martin Van Creveld said, after the USA invaded Iraq, “had the Iranians not tried to build nuclear weapons, they would be crazy.”

    Chomsky observed that a Declaration of Principles issued by President Bush in November 2007 committed Iraq to facilitate and encourage ‘the flow of foreign investments to Iraq, especially American investments.” In January 2008 Bush issued a ‘signing statement’ that he would reject any congressional legislation that restricted funding ‘to exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq’. These admit that the USA invaded Iraq to control its oil.

    Chomsky reports that White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, when asked whether the American people should have had ‘input’ into the decision to attack Iraq, said, “You had your input. The American people have input every four years, and that’s the way our system works.” Chomsky responds, “That’s correct. Every four years the American people can choose between candidates whose views they reject, and then they should shut up.”

    Chomsky warns that the repeated threats to attack Iran, using the standard phrase ‘we’re keeping all options open’, violate the UN Charter.

    As in all his books on politics, Chomsky exposes the lies and double standards used by the US ruling class. This latest book is an extremely useful collection, bringing his commentary right up-to-date.

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    Posted March 12, 2013

    Medicene cat den

    This is the light empires medicine cat den. It is a large rock split in half. Inside there are clefts of rock used as shelves for herbs. There is a tunnel underground that leads to a small cavern full of nests and a small waterfall from the river in camp leading to a small pool of water for patients to drink. The medicine cat sleeps in another cave underground.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Contemptious

    Reading this book makes my stomach sick and my heart ache. I knew what I was getting into reading this book. I just hope this book does not instill distrust in American essential ideals for those who are on that boundary. The world is complicated, hind sight is 20/20, and capitalism has raised more people out of poverty then marxism ever will.
    I give it the rating it is because I disagree with the premise though the organization and writing is decent. If your a radical you will worship it if you are rational and a patriot you may throw it.

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