Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship

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Chomsky's classic analysis of the liberal scholarship that justified American foreign policy and aggression during the 1960s.Why should a liberal intellectual be so persuaded of the virtues of a political system of four-year dictatorship? The answer seems all too plain.—from Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship is Chomsky's powerful indictment of a liberal intelligentsia that provided self-serving arguments for war in Vietnam—legitimizing US commitment to autocratic rule and ...
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Overview

Chomsky's classic analysis of the liberal scholarship that justified American foreign policy and aggression during the 1960s.Why should a liberal intellectual be so persuaded of the virtues of a political system of four-year dictatorship? The answer seems all too plain.—from Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship is Chomsky's powerful indictment of a liberal intelligentsia that provided self-serving arguments for war in Vietnam—legitimizing US commitment to autocratic rule and intervention in Asia as the tasks of "pacification theory." Including Chomsky's analysis of the Spanish Civil War as a revolutionary war from below, this book lays bare the reluctance of scholarly elites to engage in mass movements and social change, revealing not objectivity, but its opposite—the use of ideology to mask self-interest. Hailed by The Nation as "the first significant work of social and political thought to come out of the Vietnamese catastrophe," Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship is an indispensable lens through which to consider mainstream punditry today.


About the Author:
: Noam Chomsky is Professor of Linguistics at MIT, a world-renowned linguist and political activist, and the author of numerous books, including American Power and the New Mandarins, For Reasons of State, and Understanding Power (all from The New Press).

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  • ISBN-13: 9781565848580
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 836,386
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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