Understanding Power The Indispensable Chomsky

ISBN-10: 1565847032

ISBN-13: 9781565847033

Edition: 2002

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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 2/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community. Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics. Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War. Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).

Peter Mitchell is a professor at the School of Archaeology, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford, United Kingdo.

Editors' Preface
A Note on the Events of September 11, 2001
Weekend Teach-In: Opening Session
The Achievements of Domestic Dissidence
The U.S. Network of Terrorist Mercenary States
Overthrowing Third World Governments
Government Secrecy
The Media: An Institutional Analysis
Testing the "Propaganda Model"
The Media and Elite Opinion
Filters on Reporting
Honest Subordination
"Fight it Better": the Media and the Vietnam War
Teach-In: Over Coffee
"Containing" the Soviet Union in the Cold War
Orwell's World and Ours
Contemporary Poverty
Religious Fanaticism
"The Real Anti-Semitism"
Ronald Reagan and the Future of Democracy
Two New Factors in World Affairs
Democracy Under Capitalism
The Empire
Change and the Future
Teach-In: Evening
The Military-Industrial Complex
The Permanent War Economy
Libyan and American Terrorism
The U.S. and the U.N.
Business, Apartheid, and Racism
Winning the Vietnam War
"Genocide": the United States and Pol Pot
Heroes and Anti-Heroes
"Anti-Intellectualism"
Spectator Sports
Western European Activism and Canada
Dispelling Illusions
Colloquy
The Totalitarian Strain
A Lithuania Hypothetical
Perpetuating Brainwashing Under Freedom
Journalism LeMoyne-Style: A Sample of the Cynical Aspect
Rethinking Watergate
Escaping Indoctrination
Understanding the Middle East Conflict
The Threat of Peace
Water and the Occupied Territories
Imperial Ambitions and the Arab Threat
Prospects for the Palestinians
Legitimacy in History
Qualifications to Speak on World Affairs; A Presidential Campaign
Ruling the World
Soviet Versus Western Economic Development
Supporting Terror
"People's Democratic Socialist Republics"
The Organ Trade
The Real Crime of Cuba
Panama and Popular Invasions
Muslims and U.S. Foreign Policy
Haiti: Disturbance at an Export Platform
Texaco and the Spanish Revolution
Averting Democracy in Italy
P.R. in Somalia
The Gulf War
Bosnia: Intervention Questions
Toying With India
The Oslo Agreement and Imperialist Revival
Community Activists
Discussion Circle
The Early Peace Movement and a Change in the 1970s
The Nuclear Freeze Movement
Awareness and Actions
Leaders and Movements
Levels of Change
Non-Violence
Transcending Capitalism
The Kibbutz Experiment
"Anarchism" and "Libertarianism"
Articulating Visions
"Want" Creation
Dissidents: Ignored or Vilified
Teaching About Resistance
Isolation
Science and Human Nature
Charlatans in the Sciences
Adam Smith: Real and Fake
The Computer and the Crowbar
Intellectuals and Social Change
The Leninist/Capitalist Intelligentsia
Marxist "Theory" and Intellectual Fakery
Ideological Control in the Sciences and Humanities
The Function of the Schools
Subtler Methods of Control
Cruder Methods of Control
The Fate of an Honest Intellectual
Forging Working-Class Culture
The Fraud of Modern Economics
The Real Market
Automation
A Revolutionary Change in Moral Values
Popular Struggle
Discovering New Forms of Oppression
Freedom of Speech
Negative and Positive Freedoms
Cyberspace and Activism
"Free Trade" Agreements
Defense Department Funding and "Clean Money"
The Favored State and Enemy States
Canada's Media
Should Quebec Separate from Canada?
Deciphering "China"
Indonesia's Killing Fields: U.S.-Backed Genocide in East Timor
Mass Murderers at Harvard
Changes in Indonesia
Nuclear Proliferation and North Korea
The Samson Option
The Lot of the Palestinians
P.L.O. Ambitions
The Nation-State System
Movement Organizing
The Movie Manufacturing Consent
Media Activism
Self-Destruction of the U.S. Left
Popular Education
Third-Party Politics
Boycotts
"A Praxis"
The War on Unions
Inner-City Schools
Defending the Welfare State
Pension Funds and the Law
Conspiracy Theories
The Decision to Get Involved
"Human Nature Is Corrupt"
Discovering Morality
Abortion
Moral Values
Turning Point
Bringing the Third World Home
Welfare: the Pea and the Mountain
Crime Control and "Superfluous" People
Violence and Repression
International Capital: the New Imperial Age
The Fairy Tale Economy
Building International Unions
Initial Moves and the Coming Crisis
Elite Planning--Slipping Out of Hand
Disturbed Populations Stirring
The Verge of Fascism
The Future of History
Index
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