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Hopes and Prospects

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Hopes and Prospects is Noam Chomsky's indispensable analysis of the world at present and a roadmap for the future

In Hopes and Prospects, Noam Chomsky examines the challenges of our early twenty-first century. He explores obstacles and threats such as the widening gap between North and South America, US exceptionalism (which continues under Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and A
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 27th 2011 by Penguin (first published 1981)
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When I read Chomsky, I always wonder, fearfully, who I will turn to for the truth when he retires. When I read Manufacturing Consent when I was about 18, I was utterly astonished. This isn't the story I've been told, I thought. This doesn't resemble the story I've been told in any way! Where did he find all this out? Reading Hopes and Prospects reminded me that he didn't get it anywhere exotic - just from various press sources and 'the internal [government] record' which anyone could in theory ...more
May 04, 2011 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone recently told me they thought Noam Chomsky was not a credible scholar or source of information and lumped him in with other well known writers and scholars such as Norman Finkelstein and Edward Said. Obviously it's not enough to be a professor at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and writing countless books on foreign policy, world events and issues we as a planet face isn't enough to impress this person in any way. I would never claim something so stupid. However, I ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Florence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anarchism, american
I consider this book a primer for anyone to get a glimpse into foreign policy. Written by an American intellectual the book tells it like it is. It is based on articles, essays and lectures Noam prepared over several years. The ambitious track record and enduring expectations of the USA for global dominance is echoed here over and over again. A great read!
Jennell McHugh
Filled in a lot of blanks of what I already knew, and blew the lid off of so much I didn't... Not a lot of hope or prospect, but at least through knowledge more people will be forced to pay attention and hold one another accountable to be better to ourselves and our society.

It's astonishingly contemporary, insightful, and brutally necessary.
Aug 01, 2016 Miquixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
Up-to-date on what is happening around the world. Typically prime material on the most influential leftist intellectual on earth. One of the few intellectuals that writes for everyone. He gets more into economics here than usual, something I think is important (readable economics).
Shel Schipper
May 17, 2012 Shel Schipper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
"Hopes and Prospects" is a series of lectures given by the brilliant M.I.T linguist Noam Chomsky in a series of lectures given in Chile 2006 and updated to include events as of 2010. A brief summary would be: if the U.S.A was a infant in therapy, we'd say, 'Doesn't play well with others. Claims all of the worthwhile toys for herself while refusing to share. Pathological liar. Hypocritical. Signs of Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Borderline Personality, and Sociopathic tendencies.'

As usual, Chom
Jan 03, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clear analysis of contemporary world events. The major focuses are on the Israel-Palestine conflict and the remarkable development of Latin America out of US interventionist/imperialist policies.

Chomsky frequently asks the question "Would the policies that the US has towards other countries be fair if they were implemented toward the US?"

In every single case, from Latin America to Europe to The Middle East the answer is a resounding "No."
Leo Walsh
May 15, 2013 Leo Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another solid offering from Chomsky, which brings you up to the Post 9/11 years. This includes the Obama years, which are often simply a continuation of Bush's policies both in foreign and domestic affairs.

As I have reacquainted myself with Chomsky's work after years, I've been amazed at how truly thoughtful he is. He seems to be the only major commentator on foreign affairs that has the intellectual wherewithal to really research through top-shelf political science, history and foreign aff
Simon Wood
Sep 10, 2013 Simon Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Eighty-four years old last December, and showing no sign of easing up on his Stahkanovite work rate, Noam Chomsky has recently published "Hopes and Prospects" - his latest collection of writing on global affairs. As usual Chomsky doesn't focus his scrutiny on official enemies, that would be too easy though no doubt rewarding (at least financially), but takes the more serious responsibility of looking into the rhetoric and reality of his own countries contributions to the world.
James Hood
Sep 02, 2016 James Hood rated it it was amazing
I always get to the end of a Chomsky book wishing that I hadn't read it, the anger I feel is often hard to suppress, and I wish for a return to a more innocent or should I say ignorant grasp of current affairs. Once the anger subsides (to an extent), I understand that what he 'reveals' is merely confirmation of what anyone with even the slightest interest in world affairs already acknowledges: 'democracy', at least the American (I single them out because it is this particular brand of 'democracy ...more
Daniel Njoo
Nov 08, 2015 Daniel Njoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sourcing leading academic journals and the best experts, Chomsky pulls the wool from our eyes in regards to the way we – according to the revisionist interpretation replete with historical amnesia we’ve been taught – view the 20th century and America’s actions during it. Were this revelatory expose to be a map taking readers to a new dimension of political awareness, its key would come in three parts: the maxims of Thucydides and (Adam) Smith, and the Jennings corollary. The first states that th ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A headline in the Financial Times reads, "Applause as Obama Picks All-Star Team." No one is relevantly mentioned who is not on the right. Bush speechwriter David Frum, said, "I cannot recall the last time Republicans felt so positive towards a Democratic presidential figure." Fellow speechwriter Michael Gerson wrote that "Obama's appointments reveal not just moderation but maturity.... Whatever the caveats, Obama is doing something marvellously right"—where the term "right" should be understood ...more
May 20, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noam Chomsky’s powerful Hopes and Prospects reveals the insidious nature of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. Part one of this collection of essays includes critiques of globalization, neoliberalism, economic protectionism and the doctrine of corporate law. Part II of the books targets North America, its nuclear prevention policy towards Middle East countries, and the election process in the United States. The topics appear in each of the ten essays. For this review, I will only cover the fi ...more
Max Robinson
May 09, 2011 Max Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have ever read. It contains a dense collection of knowledge regarding U.S. Foreign Policy. Be ready for a life changing experience.
Eric Orchard
Jun 09, 2011 Eric Orchard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Clear and lucid explanation of what drives contemporary politics and how we arrived here. Compassionate, moral and intelligent.
Typical Naom Chomsky book. It is for those who are interested in contemporary history of north and south america. It is originally based on United States foreign policy. The book produced as a criticism but it is more than that. After reading this book you will certainly find this lines more practical than what Abraham Lincoln had said about democracy -
Democracy means - Government of the Corporate people, by the Corporate people and for the Corporate people.
Every single American should read
Jun 29, 2016 Ac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chomsky
More knowledge by Chomsky.
This seemed like a continuation of other books I've read by him, focusing on Latin America/The Caribbean and american exceptionalism. Particularly interesting were his analyses of Obama; His election, how giddy people were because of the hope and change campaign, because the U.S elected its first black president etc. I wonder what all those hope and change fans would think if they read Chomsky's examination of what's happened since; Obama's continuing "evil Bush's" pol
Aug 14, 2011 Willy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
This book's main theme is imperialistic US politics.
It discusses various events in which the US has been or are still involved; with plenty of references to additional sources.
It is not however, an in-depth analysis of each of those events - this would make the book go well beyond its 300 pages. Regrettably, it is not a balanced discussion either. Invariably, the US is the evil-doer and other parties are innocent victims or their roles are left undiscussed.
Because of this unbalance, the credibil
Robert Jerome
Feb 28, 2016 Robert Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is another repeat of the standard Chomsky line. He reviews some prominent events in recent American history and argues that they are best interpreted as the suppression of the oppressed by the ruling elites. As always, it is formulated as a counter claim to some Lipman-like figure's bogus patriotism. Still, I give it four stars because I think his international relations commentary is absolutely essential reading.
Sep 30, 2013 Sancho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Chomsky's critical view of the US. In particular, I liked the way he discusses open markets and free trade agreements, showing that there hasn't been more protective states of their enconomies than e.g. the US or the UK. Now, they protect copyrights and patents, but that was never the case in India or many of their colonies. So, now that they are rich and powerful, it is time to open your markets... and abuse other countries that are not even close to that and are just forced to follow th ...more
Sep 13, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
I used to be utterly blown away and inspired by Chomsky, now the more I read the more I'm constantly reminded how preoccupied, almost obsessed, with his own country of America, occasionally to the detriment of the bigger picture.

What he says, I by and large agree strongly with, it just gets pretty old fast when at the same time as lambasting the US for thinking it's the most important country in the world, he spends his entire time putting them straight bang in the middle of his discourse.

Jacob Kanev
Apr 13, 2016 Jacob Kanev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant, data-centered analysis of the impact of western politics on the rest of the world, starting with the expansion following 1692, up to today.
What struck me as negative is a very anti-Israel stance, which is probably typical for large parts of the Left. Anyway, still a very good book.
Barry Dorgan
This book is so interesting and full of excellent information. However the author jumps from the 1800s to 21st century, from
Vietnam in 1960s to Haiti in 2000s. I gave up on it after a few hours as he is just all over the place. Such a disappointment as I know there is really good content.
Nov 21, 2015 Anick-Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anarchie, philo
Ce livre s'adresse principalement à des lecteurs familiers des théories du socialisme et de l'aarchisme. Il s'agit de deux entrevues avec Noam Chomsky, deux entretiens sous la forme de discussion. Bien que je ne sois pas très familières avec les théories, j'ai apprécié cette lecture rapide et informelle, tout en reconnaissant que j'aurais mieux pu saisir la pensée de l'activiste en ayant une meilleure base historico-théorique. Je ne recommande pas particulièrement ce livre aux débutants, mais il ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a recovering Chomsky-worshipper, and this was the book that made me a loyal follower of his. I haven't reread it since having been disillusioned by him, but it is a must-read for anyone who still thinks the Democrats and the Republicans are two different parties.
Rob Granniss
Feb 02, 2011 Rob Granniss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noam Chomsky's lectures read better than some of the most well-researched papers and books I come across. It's difficult to go through crimes of empire, but there is ample descriptions of resistance to it and success stories (hence the happier title than his usual fare). While the success stories aren't without their own problems, considering conditions, it's basically a miracle that things are that good. This gives a pretty good view of some of the more pivotal moments in South American history ...more
Peter Vercammen
Apr 11, 2015 Peter Vercammen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent man, legt de focus op de andere zijde van de wereldpolitiek. Voor mij persoonlijk te hard veroordelend naar de huidige orde en te weinig neutraal. Echter een goed tegengewicht voor de vaak éénzijdige berichtgeving in de media.
Feb 04, 2013 Stevie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of powerful lectures that exposes the dark heart of American imperialism. These lectures touch on many events from around the globe and they are not an in depth analysis. However, they do reveal a pattern of intimidation and terror. One theme that runs through this book is how U.S. business interests are tied to foreign policy and the ways in which "democracy" is implemented by U.S. hands - frequently instituting the U.S. favourite rather than the democratically elected leader. Furt ...more
Dorothy Dunn
I briefly read through this and have skipped a few chapters, but from what I read, it seemed an insightful study on our current political situation, and I especially enjoyed Democracy and Development: Their Enemies, Their Hopes.
Sep 25, 2014 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chomsky is always great for a history lesson. When it comes to solutions or a vision for a sustainable future he's really not much more radical than your typical liberal.
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. H
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