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Imperial Grand Strategy: The Conquest of Iraq and the Assault on Democracy (2005)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: AK Press
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 190485947X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Imperial Grand Strategy: The Conquest Of Iraq And The Assault On Democracy from Noam Chomsky is a provocative collection of a complete and informative collection of two powerful lectures and a forty-five minute interview with Chomsky himself on the political perspectives and paradigm-altering concepts of history and the ideological constructs of the great mind, Imperial Grand Strategy offers Noam Chomsky's personal comprehension of the philosopher, as well as an endlessly fascinating grasp of the political and societal constructs which are fueling the war from America as well as the U.S.'s disgraceful history of manifest-destiny in democracy creation abroad. Imperial Grand Strategy is recommended as a simply outstanding collection of remarkable ideals and principles from Noam Chomsky's accomplished and respected works.
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grab a large legal pad and take notes because there will be a quiz for the rest of your life

essential viewing

a gateway to further study

but get used to the style of a brilliant Harvard Professor speakng endlessly and nearly impromptu and with a bad sore throat from shouting when the brits had previously turned off his mikes

it is worth it

get it now

and read all of his books as well

including the phonemic studies

we are one race

the human race

one tongue

bush and his boys are cannibals for oil
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chomsky: unparalled. June 13, 2008
Noam Chomsky shows once again his lucidity concerning the affairs related to the U.S. foreign policy. And, even being in England, he criticizes Tony Blair. Chomsky's broad understanding of the opression of the people in the third world makes him a true humanist compareble to Thomas More. No wonder he is the most important intellectual alive.
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