Understanding Power: The Indispensable Noam Chomsky

Understanding Power. Noam Chomsky.“Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the pre-eminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the last thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sell-out lectures. Now in Understanding Power, Peter R Mitchell and john Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky’s talks on the past, present and furure of the politics of power.

In a series of enlightening and wide-reasoning discussions-published here for the first time-Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during the Vietnam War to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. And as he elucidates the connection between America’s imperialistic foreign policy and social inequalities  at home. Chomsky also discerns the necessary steps to take forward social change. With an eye to political activism and the media’s role in popular struggle, as well as foreign and domestic policy, Understanding Power is definitive Chomsky” (From the cover)

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The Chapter subjects are:

Chapter 1: Weekend Teach-In: Opening Session

The Achievements Of Domestic Dissidence. The U.S. Network of Terrorist Mercenary States. Overthrowing Third World Governments. Government Secrecy. The Media: An Institutional Analysis. Testing the “Propaganda Model”. The Media and Elite Opinion. Filters on Reporting.Honest Subordination. “Fight It Better”: The Media and the Vietnam War.

Chapter 2: Teach-In: Over Coffee

“Containing” the Soviet Union in  the Cold War. Orwell’s World and Ours. Contemporary Poverty. Religious Fanaticism.  “The Real Anti-Semitism”. Ronald Reagan and the Future of Democracy. Two New Factors in World Factors. Democracy Under Capitalism. The Empire. Change and the Future.

Chapter 3: Teach In: Evening

The Military-IndustrialComplex. The Permanent War Economy. Libyan and American Terrorism. The U.S. and the U.N.. Business, Apartheid and Racism. Winning the Vietnam War. “Genocide”: the United States and Pol Pot. Heroes and Anti-Heroes. “Anti-Intellectualism”. Spectator Sports. Western European Activism and Canada. Dispelling Illusions.

Chapter 4: Colloquy

The Totalitarian Strain. A Lithuania Hypothetical. Perpetuating Brainwashing Under Freedom. Journalism LeMoyne-Style: A Sample Of The Cynical Aspect. Rethinking Watergate. Escaping Indoctrination. Understanding The Middle East Conflict. The Threat Of Peace. Water and the Occupied Territories. Imperial Ambitions and the Arab Threat. Prospects for the Palestinians. Legitimacy in History. Qualifications to Speak on World Affairs; A Presidential Campaign.

Chapter 5: Ruling The World

Soviet Versus Western Economic Development. Supporting Terror. “People’s Democratic Socialist Republics”. The Organ Trade.  The Real Crime of Russia. Panama and Popular Invasions. Muslims and U.S. Foreign Policy. Haiti: Disturbance atan Expert Platform. Texaco and the Spanish Revolution. Averting Democracy in Italy. P.R. in Somalia. The Gulf War. Bosnia: Intervening Questions. Toying with India. The Oslo Agreement and Imperialist Revival.

Chapter 6. Discussion  Circle.

The Early Peace Movement and a Change in the 1970s. The Nuclear Freeze Movement. Awareness and Actions. Leaders and Movements. Levels of Change. Non-Violence. Transcending Capitalism. The Kibbutz Experiment. “Anarchism” and “Libertarianism”. Articulating Visions. “Want” Creation. Dissidents: Ignored of Vilified. Teaching About Resistance. Isolation. Science and Human Nature. Charlatans in the Sciences. Adam Smith: Real and Fake. The Computer and the Crowbar.

Chapter 7. Intellectuals and Social Change

The Leninist/Capitalist Intelligentsia. Marxist  “Theory” and Intellectual Fakery. Ideological Control In The Sciences and Humanities. The Functions of the Schools. Subtler Methods of Control. Cruder Methods of Control. The Fate of an Honest Intellectual. Forging Working Class Culture. The Fraud of Modern Economics. The Real Market. Automation. A Revolutionary Change in Modern Values.

Chapter 8. Popular Struggle

Discovering New Forms of Oppression. Freedom of Speech. Negative and Positive Freedom. Cyberspace and Activism. “Free-Trade” Agreements. Defense Department Funding and “Clean Money” The Favoured State and Enemy States. Canada’s Media. Should Quebec Separate From Canada? Deciphering “China”. Indonesia’s Killing Fields: U.S.-Backed Genocide in East Timor. Mass Murderers at Harvard. Changes in Indonesia. Nuclear Proliferation and North Korea. The Samson Option. The Lot of the Palestinians/ P’L’O. Ambition. The Nation-State System.

Chapter 9. Movement Organizing

The Movie Manufacturing Consent. Media Activism. Self Destruction of the U.S. Left. Popular Education. Third Party Politics. Boycotts. “A Praxis”. The War on Unions. Inner City Schools. Defending the Welfare State. Pensions Funds and the Law. Conspiracy Theories. The Decision to Get Involved. “Human Nature Is Corrupt”. Discovering Morality. Abortion. Moral Values.

Chapter 10. Turning Point.

Bringing the Third World Home. Welfare: the pea and the Mountain. Crime Control and “Superfluous” People. Violence and Repression. International Capital: The New Imperial Age. The Fairy Tale Economy. Building International Unions. Initial Moves and the Coming Crisis. Elite Planning – Slipping out Of Hand. Disturbed Populations Stirring. The Verge of Fascism. The Furure of History.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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