- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745335446
- ISBN-13: 978-0745335445
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 20 cm
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On Power and Ideology: The Managua Lectures Paperback – 2012
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"A rigorous exposition [of the logic of U.S. foreign policy." The Nation --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his political and philosophical writings as well as for his groundbreaking linguistics work. He has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955 and remains one of America’s most uncompromising voices of dissent. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Thus "On Power and Ideology" need not exercise complex reasoning nor obscure research to validate its main point; Chomsky needs only to cite historical records to make his case. Though he never states this thesis explcitly, his case studies such as Latin America, revolve around it. That main point being: that behind all Washington's official praise for human rights lies one non-democratic "right" that determines all the rest and guides our policy makers, namely the "right" of American investment to go where it wants and do what it wants. (Considering the devastating effect NAFTA, the WTO, and other trade agreements have had on working America and the environment, this is a revealing point to make.) Other rights can be seen as secondary and of instrumental value only to this one overriding imperial drive. This is not a book for the faint-hearted. Be prepared to learn about our hidden history.
The author Noam Chomsky is a professor of linguistics at the prestigious MIT. He is one of the best known critics of U.S. foreign policy. What makes this book so enlightening is his research material, which includes declassified internal White House documents. With this, he has provided the world with a shocking revelation of reasons as to why so many (seemingly troublesome and anarchic) historical events occurred, and also, why these things are still so today.
This book will enlighten you on the inherently duplicitous nature of our government's practice of power. What may be hard to swallow for most are the mechanisms (which are nothing more than our conventional institutions) by which Americans are manipulated. Not to mention the practice of the redefinition of words and terms such as "communism" and "defense of democracy" that are designed to push our patriotic buttons, thus enabling our government to carryout overt actions that have dark covert intentions.
This book is a MUST read