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Chomsky is back, contesting official versions of history and today’s news in two powerful two-hour talks and a 45-minute interview! While each piece stands alone, they also complement one another to provide both a far-ranging view of world politics and a glimpse into Chomsky’s personal political beliefs that is both entertaining and informative.
In “Imperial Grand Strategy,” a lecture given at the University of Manchester, Chomsky takes on the war in Iraq. He cuts through the ideological fog that surrounds the invasion and occupation, laying waste to the US government’s justifications for them. In the process, he uncovers the real motivations behind US military aggression: a global imperial plan put in place long before Iraq—and that will extend far into the future, unless we do something about it.
“The Assault on Freedom and Democracy,” delivered at Merrimack College, moves from broad, geopolitical concerns to the sort of authoritarian societies needed “on the ground” for such imperial strategies to work. Discussing the Patriot Acts (1 and 2) at home and a long and disgraceful US history of “democracy-building” abroad, Chomsky highlights the vast difference between noble rhetoric and our consistent military and economic support for dictators and thugs.
The DVD ends with “Questions About Anarchism,” an interview with Barry Pateman of the Emma Goldman Archives. In a more relaxed and personal exchange, Chomsky discusses the anarchist principles that have guided him since he was a teenager and that lie behind the social and political analysis he’s been producing for the last four decades.
Noam Chomsky is one of the world’s leading intellectuals, the father of modern linguistics, an outspoken media and foreign policy critic, and tireless activist. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
I loved this. non partisan. real eye opener. I showed it to my republican friend who can find an excuse to always be right in his own mind. he comments that noam hates democracy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by coopaloop
We live in a popular culture dominated by career-building egomaniacs. What a refreshing change to hear a measured evaluation of a subject conducted by a reflective person who... Read morePublished on November 8, 2007 by Roger P. Smith