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Class Warfare

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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...more
Published (first published January 1st 1995)
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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...more
Eric Gulliver
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...more
Leo Walsh
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's...more
anti corporation and greed - outdated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.
"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."
Chris Lutz
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.
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.
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.
Chomsky is thought-provoking, as usual. This wasn't a light read but I think I'm a bit smarter for having read it.
Vikas Lather
I learn one thing from this book; reading, listening and watching Chomsky cannot be boring
great book, interviews Noam Chomsky on the rich and the poor.
Encore un qui aime la vérité.
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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...more
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