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Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his groundbreaking work in linguistics and his relentless advocacy for democracy, freedom and self-determination. Author of dozens of books, among his most recent are "Hopes and Prospects" and "Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance." His hit book, "9-11", also edited and produced by Greg Ruggiero, has sold over 350,000 in the U.S. and is available in over 25 different countries. Chomsky has publicly supported and encouraged the Occupy movement and its principles of democracy, equality, justice and freedom since it first emerged in Zuccotti Park.

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Product Details

  • Series: Occupied Media Pamphlet Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zuccotti Park Press; Open Magazine special ed edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884519016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884519017
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kropotkin on May 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought the book earlier this afternoon, and just finished it. While it is rather short (about 120 pages), I think it's a worthwhile purchase for a few different reasons.
One: The title of my review says it all- some fresh perspective on Howard Zinn! Zinn is discussed at length; primarily dealing with theoretical interpretations of how he would've approached the Occupy movement. Of course, Zinn isn't here to explain himself, but Chomsky does an admirable job of trying to relate Zinn and 'Occupy'. Agree or disagree with Chomsky; the fact is that you still are getting a fresh approach on one of the most beloved historians of our time.
Two: Chomsky can come across as a simple and boring read. This is mainly due to the fact that his written works are usually transcripts of prior speeches that he's made. Therefore, he repeats certain points numerous times, and his overall argument can seem disjointed or a bit sloppily put together. My advice is to read him as if he is speaking in front of you. This works great sometimes, and other times it is still a chore to get to his overall argument, but once you do, the argument is almost always compelling.
Having said that, he still delivers a relevant argument for the need of 'Occupy' and movements similar to it. I think most people interested in the book are going to be familiar with his politics, and those of the larger movement. And this is only the first of a series examining the Occupy movement, and all are printed by Zuccotti Park Press. So if you are looking for a way to support the movement and show Solidarity, then I highly recommend that you read this book!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S Wood on May 3, 2012
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"Occupy" is a selection of speeches (as well as one interview) made by veteran radical Noam Chomsky at Occupy events in the U.S. late last year.

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 spot on advice on the pitfalls and difficulties of 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.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MK on May 3, 2012
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Simply put, the "Noam Chomsky Occupy" pamphlet is the blueprint for the global Occupy movement. This pamphlet can easily be the guide that occupiers, professors, activists and those seeking change can use to constantly navigate the uncharted territory. "Noam Chomsky Occupy" offers perspective and strategic vision.
I am very honored to be a small part of this powerful and brilliant pamphlet! It is my guide!

Mikal Kamil
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Pilonero on February 16, 2013
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This is not very deep - just sort of an action guideline for folks in line already, not a strong philosophical piece.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 19, 2012
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This small book is a very quick read. It is a pamphlet sized book featuring 5 speeches and interviews with --and a short essay by--Noam Chomsky about the Occupy movement. It features Chomsky exhorting folks about how to build on the foundations laid by Occupy to build a far more just, equitable and democratic society than we Americans currently have. It is a very short book and the arguments are sometimes repetitive but it is very thought provoking and intelligent (as Chomsky's works always are).

According to Chomsky the Occupy movement is the first substantial resistance nationwide to the neoliberal economic policies that have been oppressing us since the 70's. Since the 70's incomes have declined or stagnated for a large majority of Americans. While working Americans enjoyed a substantial benefit from the economic growth of the 50's and 60's, the benefits of economic growth since the 70's, have, according to Chomsky, been heavily concentrated in the top one tenth of one percent of the wealthiest Americans. Manufacturers have left for greater profits overseas and the economy has become increasingly reliant on the financial industry. Corporate profits are booming thanks to "greater worker insecurity"--as Chomsky quotes Alan Greenspan as saying in 1997--which means that workers are too beaten down to demand a greater share of the national wealth by striking for higher wages and benefits. Americans have been forced to keep their head above water by taking on a huge amount of debt and working longer hours. Meanwhile an 8 trillion dollar housing bubble kept the economy afloat during the Bush years as the tech bubble sustained the Clinton economy before it.
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