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Class Warfare: Interviews with David Barsamian Reprint Edition

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The prolific linguist and political pundit has two new books out this season. In May, Common Courage will bring out Class Warfare, the third in a series of interviews between Chomsky and David Barsamian, director of Alternative Radio. At a time when downsizing, the demise of unions and other factors are leading to an increased income gap between rich and poor, Chomsky analyzes some of the reasons and offers solutions. ($15 ISBN 1-56751-092-2; cloth $29.95 -093-0). Then in June, South End will release a more wide-ranging collection of essays on language, human nature and foreign policy with Power and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order ($16 ISBN 0-89608-535-X; cloth
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'Over the course of some thirty years of dissent, his tireless effort has undoubtedly made a major personal contribution in exposing capitalist hypocrisy. ... To read any book of conversations with Chomsky is to connect with a great and humane mind ... We cannot help but be infected by Chomsky's energy and alertness. The point is that to read someone this awake is to become a little more awake ourselves' Resurgence'Class Warfare ... is [a] very readable introduction to the work, philosophy andpersonality of Chomsky.' Neil Forde, An Phoblacht/Republican News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567510922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567510928
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Barsamian has apparently figured out a way to benefit both himself and Chomsky by publishing interviews with the ever wide-ranging scourge of American foreign policy. For long-time readers, not much new should be expected from a casual book like this; nor is there. If any sub-theme surfaces, it is Chomsky's deepening opposition to corporate America. The book is aptly titled. In fact it would be difficult to find denunciations of big business more unequivocal or forceful anywhere, even in Marxist literature.
There is one interesting development that emerges in *Class Warfare*. Chomsky seems to be appreciating at last that some kind of woolly anarchistic sentiments are powerless against the concentrated power of international capital. In this book, he appears to take a liberal turn, looking to big government as a necessary counterweight. At the same time, however, he acknowledges that politicians and their cronies are under heavy corporate sway. Is there logical room for manuever here? Perhaps, that is, if government can be wrested away from the death grip of big business,i.e. the Ralph Nader solution. If I'm correct in the framing, the MIT professor is at a pivotal point in his political evolution. On one hand, he's all too aware of the magnitude of the international problem, on the other, he's reluctant to endorse any kind of authoritarian response that would clash with his deep regard for non-authoritarian structures. To perhaps oversimplify, which then does he value more: relief for the economically oppressed or decentralized decision procedures. As the struggle for global supremacy develops, the two may not be at all compatible. I think he has shown in his many books what US-corporate foreign policy has wrought.
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Class Warfare is a collection of David Barsamian's interviews with Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics, Linguistic Theory, Syntax, Semantics, and Philosophy of Language. This is a great book for the those unfamiliar with Chomsky; the easy to follow interview format places the reader face to face with Chomsky, all while covering a wide range of his philosophies. I am relatively new to the world of political science, and was truly shocked upon reading many of the things Chomsky had to say; it is this shock-value that I think causes many people to, as Barsamian would say, "stand in awe of his prolific output." While Chomsky is good at getting people aware of the rotten truth behind how the world actually works, it is still up to the reader to apply this information. In the introduction, Barsamian urges readers "to implement his simple formula for learning about the world and social change." Whether or not the reader chooses to engage in some sort of political action is unpredictable; but at least the reader will still be inspired to consider it. This book has taught me many invaluable lessons about politics, which eventually become lessons of human nature. It has also motivated me to start looking at some of Chomsky's other books, and also some books maybe he would disagree with. Basic, inspiring, effective, and at the same time an interesting read, Class Warfare is a great little book, well-worth the seemingly high price of fifteen dollars.
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This is not a long book, and describes a topic that to me is the most interesting area of study, the economic transformation of the U.S. to resemble a third world country, under the neoliberal model. Even if you are very familiar with Chomsky's work there are a few exchanges in here that are well worth the time to read.
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Class Warfare is Chomsky at his finest. Barsamian asks pointed questions about classic issues such as race, the economy, U.S. foreign policy, etc. A class act
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chomsky rules
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