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Class Warfare

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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In thirteen interviews conducted between 1992 and 1996, Noam Chomsky talks to David Barsamian about a range of subjects as broad as the famous American linguist and political thinker's field of vision. Forceful and insightful, Chomsky is at his best as he discusses:

• Indonesia, Vietnam, Palestine, and the difference between war crimes and what we do;

• the d
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Published (first published January 1st 1995)
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Eric Gulliver
Aug 03, 2008 Eric Gulliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
This is a quick read with a surprising amount of personal information about Chomsky if that interests you.
Class Warfare, like most other volumes that contains interview material between Chomsky and Barsamian is void of clarifying examples, given context information, or historical accounts.
It would not be recommended for the reader just discovering Chomsky. It would be more toward the reader already familiar with Chomsky's philosophy (if one can call it that). Other than this, these interviews c
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Arlen
Mr. Chomsky's arguments are exceptionally lucid and meticulously supported. His point of view is most definitely outside the box, with indebatable credentials.

He ends every talk and lecture with the admonition not to believe him, but rather to go out and find out for ourselves.

I'm extremely grateful for the help in considering the state of things from a truly alternative perspective, along with the inspiration to draw my own conclusions.

For those who've never read Mr. Chomsky, nor heard him sp
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Leo Walsh
Apr 18, 2013 Leo Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Noam Chomsky looks at things using a truly scientific eye. I love the way that he reveals our history in a way that still, twenty five years after my initial exposure to it, seems entirely fresh and new.

In Class Warfare , Chomsky focuses on how the Right, generally beginning with Reagan, has used propaganda to make insensitivity towards the poor seem acceptable. And a really in-depth look at how we really have instituted a "Nanny-State" for the super-wealthy. And how the government'
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Shishir
anti corporation and greed - outdated
The increasing global corporate power and the weakening of democracy

De-humanize the enemy – depraved, Islamophobia, color, race, religion great instruments to play the Us and Them game.
Take the high road, “There can be no higher task in life”
Camel and Scorpion story – “Well its my nature”
Justifying what you do. Intellectualize it if you have to.
Carrie
"Everybody reads the first paragraph of The Wealth of Nations where he talks about how wonderful the division of labor is. But not many people get to the point hundred of pages later, where he says that division of labor will destroy human beings and turn them into creatures as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human being to be."
Steve
Sep 28, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interviews here were conducted in 1996 and the book was published in 1997. NC perceptively details the post-9/11 corporate takeover of US government and the dismantling of democracy in America. This almost reads like science fiction. Must read.
Jack
May 27, 2015 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Our philosophy is to rob everything as much as possible and forget about tomorrow...You don't care what happens down the road and you don't care what happens to anybody else. It makes perfect sense. If it destroys the world, well, it's not my problem."
Chris Lutz
Jul 05, 2013 Chris Lutz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noam Chomsky has a way of speaking about politics that's very plain and clear and direct which stands in stark contrast to the vast majority of political wordsmiths and which does him a great amount of good here, while occasionally leaving a few things to be desired.
Kevin
Jul 20, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Per usual, Chomsky's insights are very much worth reading, while Barsamian largely falls flat as an interviewer - mostly failing to ask good questions, or follow-up where appropriate.
Ryan Mishap
Dated, but may still offer some good stuff given the subject matter. The rich are winning and their efforts and tactic never stop or change much.
Siv30
Nov 05, 2011 Siv30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic
סדרת ראיונות עם שדר מהרדיו האלטרנטיבי. סידרה שבעיקר מתעמקת בנושאים כלכליים, כמו גם בשימושים לינגוויסטיים במונחים ליצירת תפיסות שישרתו את ההון וירחיבו את הפערים הכלכליים בציבור הרחב.
Ward
Nov 30, 2013 Ward rated it really liked it
Chomsky is thought-provoking, as usual. This wasn't a light read but I think I'm a bit smarter for having read it.
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“Corporations with their political allies are waging an unrelenting class war against working people.” 3 likes
“Our philosophy is to rob everything as much as possible and forget about tomorrow...But it makes a certain sense if the sole human value is making as much wealth as you can tomorrow. You don't care what happens down the road and you don't care what happens to anybody else. It makes perfect sense. If it destroys the world, well, it's not my problem.” 1 likes
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