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"How adroitly he cuts through the crap and really says something, " describes The Village Voice of world-famous political writer and lecturer Noam Chomsky. In his latest report on the state of the world, Chomsky discusses a breathtaking variety of topics, ranging from Japan's trade policies to the "war" on drugs, corporate welfare, and much more.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Odonian Press (first published 1996)
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Nafis Faizi
Dec 19, 2012 Nafis Faizi rated it it was amazing
Most Amazing Chomskisms from this book

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....” (p43)

'The goal is a society in which the basic social unit is you and your television set. If the kid next door is hungry, it's not your problem. If the retired couple next door invested their assets badly and are now starving, that's not your problem either.' (p29)

'You need something to frighten p
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Xchel
Dec 23, 2013 Xchel rated it it was amazing
If you're unhappy about something, start doing something about it and solve the problems that arise as they come.
Florence
Dec 08, 2011 Florence rated it really liked it
What a great book! The editor suggests that "if this book doesn't anger or depress you, you should check your pulse"; I couldn't agree more!
Étienne
J'aurai bientôt oublié ce livre, mais je n'oublierai pas la façon dont j'en ai terminé la lecture: en marchant. C'est malade.
Brian
Jan 27, 2010 Brian rated it liked it
Chomsky's analysis was very insightful and extraordinarily helpful in explaining how elites in the US media and political establishments advance their own agendas under the rhetoric of a fictional "common good." On the other hand, I found the format in which it was presented, transcripts from interviews, extremely irritating to read. Still, in the end, the knowledge gained was worth the irritation.
Tomchicago
I have been looking for a good place to start with Chomsky, since I have waded into the work of other thinkers and become discouraged when I got lost. This has been recommended as a good intro, so here goes.

update upon finishing. Like Zinn, this writer/speaker activist has joined my
A List. I'll get into more of his work now.
Joshua Clowers
Aug 07, 2016 Joshua Clowers rated it it was amazing
Short and sweet. It was a good read and had me asking more questions about the politics of the world prior to Bush II (when I could not vote) that lead to the political situations in which I have a voice.
Le Connell
Jan 16, 2013 Le Connell rated it it was amazing
A great analysis of why our political system fails to serve the majority of its citizens. Also provides a good list of trustworthy news sources and progressive organizations. Noam Chomsky keeps it real, as usual.
Clémence
Je devais lire ce livre pour un cours en français. Je ne l'ai pas lu au complet, car je devais lire simplement la première partie et un intertitre pour cette classe. C'est la raison pour laquelle je ne donnerai pas de classement jusqu'à ce que je le lise au complet (si je finis par le lire).
Libs
Mar 20, 2013 Libs rated it liked it
It is a good thing to go inside of Chomsky ideas. But it's not a a book for you if you want excitement.
Sare
Dec 02, 2008 Sare rated it really liked it
It's getting a little dated, but it's still true and a little scary.
Andrew Mirelman
Oct 17, 2007 Andrew Mirelman rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Liberals and Conservatives
This book is great. The interview format is really easy to follow. Very applicable since we're entering election season. A true Washingtonian, park-reading book.
Christine Quiampang Rader
Stellar, mind open.
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Recommends it for: Everyone
Such a small book packed with so much power!
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