- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Pluto Press (5 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745333877
- ISBN-13: 978-0745333878
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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'Chomsky’s maturity has endowed him wisdom that acts as a complement to his astonishing command over the specifics of the whole spectrum of political concerns. This substantive authoritativeness set him apart long ago as our foremost intellectual and most beloved commentator on the passing scene of world events, but now he has also become a ‘wise elder,’ and whose views of the world deserves the greatest respect from all of us.' (Richard Falk, Foreign Policy Journal)
'It is absolutely essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the current context of contemporary geo-politics by revealing the often-hidden histories that have given rise to it, as well as highlighting the pressing issues facing the world which are usually ignored going forward.' (Joe Turnbull, inkyneedles.com)
'It makes for enlightening, provocative and revealing reading and it's a welcome antidote to the plethora of books and films on the "horrors" of communism.' (John Green, Morning Star)
About the Author
Noam Chomsky is a world renowned linguist and one of America's foremost social critics. He is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and the author of numerous books for Pluto Press, including Fateful Triangle, The New Military Humanism, Power and Terror and A New Generation Draws the Line.
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In similar vein he argues he and Chomsky 'were fighting for the same cause, for the right of self-determination and real freedom for all people around the world....we were fighting against colonialism and fascism' although 'fascism' has long since become a meaningless term. He disrespects democracy by regurgitating the standard left-wing claim of manufactured public opinion and pretending socialist dictatorships were real democracy in action. He doesn't present evidence but selectively uses anything available to buttress his prejudicial standpoint. He and Chomsky are compatible bed-fellows. Any critique of left wing anarchism and syndicalism is dismissed as being 'attacked, poisoned, discredited, or at least ridiculed' by 'propaganda apparatchiks .... hired to target all progressive and independent ideas and ideals'. In the real world conspiracy theorists are dismissed as suffering from self-perpetuating paranoia.Read more ›
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The authors claim that this history is largely unknown in the West since Westerners are extremely indoctrinated and obsessed with perceptions of their own uniqueness. They go through a one-sided education and rely on their media outlets without studying alternative sources. Two full chapters are devoted to this phenomenon: "Concealing the Crimes of the West," and "Propaganda and the Media."
At the present time there are mass extermination campaigns taking place in the Congo and Papua, says Vltchek and entire nations are being ravished: Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Libya and Afghanistan. "Warfare has moved away from man-to-man combat, and is now dominated by deadly missiles, bombing campaigns and by the latest terrible weapons: drones, which are synonymous with terrorism and absolute impunity - they kill without the invading nation having to risk its own soldiers. It is a one-sided war; a video game for one side, the horror of destroyed villages, murdered individuals and mutilated bodies for the other."
Noam Chomsky concludes the book on a sombre note: "It doesn't look very hopeful but we have only two choices : one is to say "it's hopeless, let's give up." And the other is to say, "Well, we would like to make things better, so we'll try. If it works, it works, if it doesn't we go back to the worst choice. Those are the options opens for us."
Because this book is a conversation between two people with a lot of shared knowledge, it is not particularly useful for those who have absolutely no knowledge of the issues and conflicts that they are discussing. Statements are made and facts understood between Chomsky and Vitchek, and, sadly, one will not come away from this book with a list for further reading, because sources are not discussed. Throughout the book there are also mentions of "a certain U.S. Company" and "a particular company," which left me wondering "which? who?" so that I could do further research. A few names of useful scholars as mentioned throughout, but not as many as one would hope for. I had some familiarity with these topics, so I did find the book engaging and useful, however if I had had any less familiarity, I think I would have just been annoyed.
That being said, the book does raise some very important points and considerations that we should be aware of in the modern world, and it was a good read. It is not a good first book on the topic, but well worth reading.