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Hopes and prospects /
Noam Chomsky.
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Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2010.
description
vii, 327 p.
ISBN
1931859965 (alk. paper), 9781931859967 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2010.
isbn
1931859965 (alk. paper)
9781931859967 (alk. paper)
contents note
Part 1 : Latin America -- Year 514 : globalization for whom? -- Latin America and U.S. foreign policy -- Democracy and development : their enemies, their hopes -- Latin American and Caribbean unity -- Part II : North America -- "Good news" Iraq and beyond -- Free elections, good news and bad -- Century's challenges -- Turning point? -- Elections 2008 : hope confronts the real world -- Obama on Israel-Palestine -- The torture memos -- 1989 and beyond.
catalogue key
7171421
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times best-sellers Hegemony or Survival and Failed States.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-12-21:
This selection of Chomsky's essays and lectures comes divided into geographical areas, but the issues are global in scope and import. In dissecting the rhetoric and logic of American empire and class domination, at home and abroad, Chomsky continues a longstanding and crucial work of elucidation and activism. His latest updates elaborate upon his signature themes-the double standards applied by the centers of U.S. power, including the mainstream media and intellectual culture, and the pervasive disconnect between American policies and public opinion in what Chomsky dubs a "dysfunctional democracy." But this book flags another major interest of Chomsky's, signaled in the title: global avenues of resistance, in particular the democratic and independent course being forged across Latin America (where several of these lectures were originally delivered). There are significant redundancies and polemical flourishes, but the writing remains unswervingly rational and principled throughout, and lends bracing impetus to the real alternatives before us. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Publishers Weekly, December 2009
ForeWord Magazine, July 2010
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Summaries
Main Description
In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century.
Main Description
In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forward - in the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest ''real progress toward freedom and justice.'' Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race.
Main Description
In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forward--in the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest "real progress toward freedom and justice." Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race. "This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the world--to millions, I suspect--for the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him." --John Pilger "In dissecting the rhetoric and logic of American empire and class domination, at home and abroad, Chomsky continues a longstanding and crucial work of elucidation and activism...the writing remains unswervingly rational and principled throughout, and lends bracing impetus to the real alternatives before us." --Publisher's Weekly "Chomsky's commentary is razor sharp and offers a compendium of facts that make a well-supported--and undoubtedly controversial--claim of the incongruity between US actions and the democratic ideals it professes....A valuable resource for both academics and everyday concerned citizens." --ForeWord Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Noam Chomsky is widely regarded to be one of the foremost critics of U.S. foreign policy in the world. He has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics. Among his recent books are The New York Times bestsellers Hegemony or Survival and Failed States .
Main Description
The Americas, both North and South, have been in motion with elections and political shifts that Noam Chomsky explores here with his characteristic independence and insight. "Popular activism has repeatedly brought about substantial gains in freedom and justice," he writes. "The authentic hope of the Obama campaign is that the 'grass roots army' organized to take instructions from the leader might 'break free' and return to 'old ways of doing politics,' by direct participation in action." In Latin America, Bolivia and Haiti in particular, Chomsky shows how direct participation in action has put into practice a different model of democracy. We have much to learn from these struggles, which could portend more far-reaching, badly needed changes. "During the past decade, Latin America has become the most exciting region of the world," he explains. "For the first time in half a millennium, South America is beginning to take its fate into its own hands." At stake is the question of the very nature of democracy. "Washington has supported democracy if and only if it contributes to strategic and economic interests, a policy that continues without change through all administrations, to the present," he explains. Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Noam Chomsky is widely regarded to be one of the foremost critics of US foreign policy in the world. He has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics. Among his recent books are The New York Times bestsellers Hegemony or Survival and Failed States.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. VII
Latin America
Year 514: Globalization for Whom?p. 3
Latin America and U.S. Foreign Policyp. 39
Democracy and Development: Their Enemies, Their Hopesp. 75
Latin American and Caribbean Unityp. 103
North America
"Good News," Iraq and Beyondp. 121
Free Elections, Good News and Badp. 143
Century's Challengesp. 165
Turning Point?p. 177
Elections 2008: Hope Confronts the Real Worldp. 207
Obama on Israel-Palestinep. 251
The Torture Memosp. 259
1989 and Beyondp. 269
Notesp. 281
Indexp. 315
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