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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, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Odonian Press (first published July 1st 1998)
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Nafis Faizi
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...more
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.
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.
Le Connell
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.
If you're unhappy about something, start doing something about it and solve the problems that arise as they come.
Andrew Mirelman
Oct 17, 2007 Andrew Mirelman rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
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!
It is a good thing to go inside of Chomsky ideas. But it's not a a book for you if you want excitement.
It's getting a little dated, but it's still true and a little scary.
Stacey Flores
Sep 01, 2007 Stacey Flores rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Such a small book packed with so much power!
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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.

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