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The speeches are a mixture of Chomsky putting events into context, an extremely brief history of the Neoliberal era (the "Thirty Years of Class War" referred to in the title of this review), a eulogy for the late Howard Zinn (of A People's History of the United States fame) and some reluctant but sensible advice on avoiding common pitfalls and difficulties while organising and carrying forward the Occupy movement. A guide on what to do if your arrested at an occupy event in the U.S. (compiled by the National Lawyers Guild) has been helpfully included, and makes interesting reading even for those to whom it is not directly relevant.
This is a fine short (probably not much more than 10,000 words in total) collection, though readers may wish to skip it for (or subsequently move on to) some of his more recent and substantial works such as Hopes and Prospects, or return to his earlier classics such as Deterring Democracy, Year 501: The Conquest Continues or Manufacturing Consent.Read more ›
The criticism more or less looks like the one presented by Anthony Giddens, Zygmunt Bauman and Slavoj Zizek but Chomsky is obviously more a part of the counter reaction, the 99 % – Occupy Wall Street. The movement sees it as its goal to attract the attention to the inequality, to reduce the political influence of companies, to provide a more fair division of the resources and to create more and better jobs.
During more interviews Chomsky describes the political issues of the movement as well as the political landscape of neoliberalism.
The last part of the book contains legal advice for those members of the movement that might get caught by the police.
The book is providing the reader with relevant information about the inequality that apparently has emerged from insufficiencies in our democracies. However, there is no clue about how to proceed after fighting. Will Occupy Wall Street be able to influence future legislation?
I am surprised at Chomsky’s very optimistic view of the Occupy movement as it seems to have melted away. Government agencies are much better at infiltrating and co-opting mass movements domestically and using them as a front for regime change such as in Venezuela and Ukraine. This coupled with the confusion felt by most people as to the response to various crises that we face on top of the uncertainties of our everyday lives make me wonder how we ever can bring about positive change.
Chomsky reiterates the simple old school approach of social organisation, collecting up all the little actions by ordinary people in their activism of everyday life as being the only way to bring about meaningful change. I like his example of how to treat politicians; not as people to listen to and vote for but rather to demand them to listen to us and do what we bid.
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An excellent book to have an insight on the dynamics of the most recent social movements - such as the 99%, the anti-globalisation movements and others. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bruno mestre
Excellent read, quite frightening to think the vast majority of people are being controlled by such a small minority in what passes itself off as democracyPublished 9 months ago by t bridgewater