Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance Paperback – Mar 13 2012
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Chomsky is one of a small band of individuals fighting a whole industry. And that makes him not only brilliant, but heroic -- Arundhati Roy Noam Chomsky is an inspiration all over the world - to millions I suspect - for the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale -- John Pilger Noam Chomsky is a global phenomenon ... he may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet today The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1928. He studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1955, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and began teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.
During the years 1951 to 1955, Chomsky was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. While a Junior Fellow he completed his doctoral dissertation entitled, Transformational Analysis.” The major theoretical viewpoints of the dissertation appeared in the monograph Syntactic Structure, which was published in 1957 and is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. This formed part of a more extensive work, The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory, circulated in mimeograph in 1955. Most of a 1956 version was published in 1975.
In 1961, Chomsky was appointed full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (now the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy) at MIT. From 1966 to 1976 he held the Ferrari P. Ward Professorship of Modern Languages and Linguistics. In 1976 he was appointed Institute Professor, a position he held until 2002.
Chomsky is the author of numerous influential political works, including Failed States (Metropolitan Books), Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance (Metropolitan Books), 9/11 (Open Media Series/ Seven Stories Press), Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media with Ed Herman (Pantheon), Necessary Illusions (South End Press), Understanding Power (New Press), Interventions (Open Media Series/ City Lights), Hopes and Prospects (Haymarket) and many other titles.
In 1988, Chomsky received the Kyoto Prize in Basic Science, given to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual development of mankind.” The prize noted that Dr. Chomsky’s theoretical system remains an outstanding monument of 20th century science and thought. He can certainly be said to be one of the great academicians and scientists of this century.”
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The nature of the format prohibits in-depth analysis but Chomsky does provide the reader with 52 clear and concise antidotes to a mainstream news coverage that is often ahistorical, written within the limited world view of established power and deeply hypocritical. Subjects covered include the Israel-United States-Palestine confrontation; Iraq; the War in Afghanistan/Pakistan; the post credit crunch recessions; Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East, South Asia and North Korea; the conflicts in Georgia, Libya and Somalia as well as the possible conflict to come with Iran; the Arab Spring; Barack Obamas ascent to the presidency on the back of revulsion at the Bush II years and rapid descent into business as usual; the extra judicial killing of Osama bin Laden. It's not all doom and gloom as Chomsky also writes on what he quite reasonably sees as positive developments within Latin America and the collection ends with an abridged version of a speech he gave to the Occupy Boston movement.
"Making The Future" is a fine collection that provokes the reader to think about events in the contemporary world in a humane, honest and critical manner. This is a book that I'd recommended reading with the caveat that the content will be familiar to those who regularly follow Chomskys writings on the internet.
He notes that Israeli military thinker Martin Van Creveld said, after the USA invaded Iraq, "had the Iranians not tried to build nuclear weapons, they would be crazy."
Chomsky observed that a Declaration of Principles issued by President Bush in November 2007 committed Iraq to facilitate and encourage `the flow of foreign investments to Iraq, especially American investments." In January 2008 Bush issued a `signing statement' that he would reject any congressional legislation that restricted funding `to exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq'. These admit that the USA invaded Iraq to control its oil.
Chomsky reports that White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, when asked whether the American people should have had `input' into the decision to attack Iraq, said, "You had your input. The American people have input every four years, and that's the way our system works." Chomsky responds, "That's correct. Every four years the American people can choose between candidates whose views they reject, and then they should shut up."
Chomsky warns that the repeated threats to attack Iran, using the standard phrase `we're keeping all options open', violate the UN Charter.
As in all his books on politics, Chomsky exposes the lies and double standards used by the US ruling class. This latest book is an extremely useful collection, bringing his commentary right up-to-date.