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Making the Future : Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance
by Noam Chomsky


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Taken together, Chomsky's essays present a powerful counter-narrative to official accounts of the major political events of the past four years: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the U.S. presidential race; the ascendancy of China; Latin America's leftward turn; the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; Israel's invasion of Gaza and expansion of settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank; developments in climate change; the world financial crisis; the Arab Spring; the assassination of Osama bin Laden; and the Occupy protests.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Taken together, Chomsky's essays present a powerful counter-narrative to official accounts of the major political events of the past four years: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the U.S. presidential race; the ascendancy of China; Latin America's leftward turn; the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; Israel's invasion of Gaza and expansion of settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank; developments in climate change; the world financial crisis; the Arab Spring; the assassination of Osama bin Laden; and the Occupy protests. Laced throughout his critiques are expressions of commitment to democracy and the power of popular struggles. "Progressive legislation and social welfare," writes Chomsky, "have been won by popular struggles, not gifts from above. Those struggles follow a cycle of success and setback. They must be waged every day, not just once every four years, always with the goal of creating a genuinely responsive democratic society, from the voting booth to the workplace."

Making the Future is a follow-up to Interventions, published by City Lights in 2007 and banned from Guantanamo Bay by U.S. military censors. Both books are drawn from articles Chomsky has been writing regularly for the New York Times Syndicate, but which go largely ignored by newspapers in the United States. Making the Future offers fierce, accessible, timely, gloves-off political writing by one of America's foremost intellectual and political dissidents.

Making the Future presents more than fifty concise and persuasively argued commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011.

"Unwavering political contrarian Noam Chomsky smart-bombs the U.S. military's global Interventions (City Lights). Shock and awe "--Vanity Fair

" . . . he has emerged as one of the left's most implacable voices, challenging the often hidden structures that lie behind the abuse of power." --Paul V. Griffith, Chapter 16

"Making the Future is an impressive collection of articles shedding light on and challen- ging the current political, economic, and military world order. To make sense of the complex mechanisms at play, Chomsky adopts a fundamentally interdisciplinary approach: he juggles with history, sociology of the media, critical theory, and political philosophy." --Juliana Bidadanure, Global Discourse, 2013

Noam Chomsky is a world-renowned author, linguist, and advocate for democracy. He is the critically acclaimed author of many books, including Hegemony or Survival, Imperial Ambitions, Failed States, Manufacturing Consent, and Media Control. He lives in Massachusetts where he is Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT.



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780872865372
  • ISBN-10: 0872865371
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publish Date: March 2012
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 8.01 x 5.27 x 0.66 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.67 pounds

Series: City Lights Open Media

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Books > Political Science > Essays
Books > Political Science > Public Policy - General
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-11-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Chomsky's (Understanding Power) latest collection of commentary focuses on a familiar theme: the perils of American hegemony abroad and the inexorable growth of the American corporate military industrial complex. While studying issues ranging from Iran's nuclear capabilities to the recent financial meltdown to the dubious results of the Honduras election, Chomsky keeps pointing the finger in the same direction—at highly suspect conspiracies of power to perpetuate, by force if necessary, American (i.e. corporate) interests. The consequences will be catastrophic, in Chomsky's view, and his latest is typically full of insightful analysis and a harsh viewpoint that may be problematic for anyone who doesn't share his cynicism of American power. Likewise, his interdisciplinary approach may be helpful for people who are not adept at drawing conclusions about policy, specifically how decisions can be informed by a variety of factors and interests and result in myriad consequences. However, Chomsky's latest is but another variation on a theme and readers who accept his premises might be frustrated by repetition and a lack of solutions. Is it important to get this information out? Absolutely. Will Chomsky convert anyone new to his beliefs with this latest? Probably not. (Oct.)

 
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