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The Chomsky Reader by Noam Chomsky
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Jun 29, 09

Read in June, 2009

"If men were angels there would be no need of laws." Americans never claimed to be angels and he is just another person disappointed in the reality separating ideology from its makers and exposing them as just more erring human beings.
I think Chomsky knows how to think, speak, and analyze brillliantly and incisively - though if he doesn't I'm not finishing this thing - but if all he does is publicly nag on the US and people, standing apart and judging, then of course he is able to remain "relentlessly pursuing' what he sees, "never backing down." The people awake to social injustice who get burnt out are those who invest themselves, in action, in trying and hoping for change.
My working theory is that Chomsky didn't invest his hopes, so they didn't get dashed. Naggers are safe.
But it might be great reading material on which to speed up my skimming ability: dense, interesting, full of arguments.
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message 1: by Ken (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ken Did you even read the book? He argues that the US shouldn't keep funding brutal revolutions in Central America. If you think that such a request is "nagging" and that it requires us to be "angels" in order to abide, then I suggest you get your head examined.

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