Archive for the ‘Noam Chomsky’ Category

What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World by Noam Chomsky (Audio Book)

October 3, 2008

This audiobook is a series of interviews with semanticist and social critic Noam Chomsky, conducted in 2006 and 2007. It explores the Israel-Palestine issue, U.S. relations with various Middle East nations, nuclear weapons, China, Latin America, and much more. Chomsky seeks to show how actual reality differs from what the United States says is reality by exploding ÒspinÓ and obfuscating language. ChomskyÕs unvarnished worldview offers a searing critique of what we are hearing out of Washington from both political parties. The conversations take a great deal of attention, so listeners are advised to take this book in small pieces. Neither speakerÕs voice changes much, so it can be easy to lose concentration and miss something important.

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The Clinton Vision: Old Wine, New Bottles by Noam Chomsky (Audio Book)

October 3, 2008

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In this 1994 speech–the first of three released by AK Press, oddly enough, in association with the punk record label Epitaph–Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Noam Chomsky shoots from the hip, criticizing the early days of the Clinton administration long before anyone had ever heard of Monica Lewinsky. Chomsky digs into Clinton’s bungled health care plan, his business interests, his labor policies, and his involvement with the North American Free Trade Agreement. Despite being the world’s foremost linguist, Chomsky is not exactly a charismatic speaker–he drones a bit and offers humor sparingly. His strong, simple words, though, and his big ideas are undeniably engrossing. He takes politics out of the ether and shows us how it affects our lives and the lives of those around us.

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Capital Rules For A Free Humanity For Anarchy with CHUMBAWAMBA by Noam Chomsky (Audio Book)

October 3, 2008

Disc one is Chomsky’s scathing lecture “Capital Rules” – an articulate, accessible description of Corporate America’s attack on the working class. Disc two is “Showbusiness!, a live collection of the UK’s finest anarcho-pop, Chumbawamba!

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Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance (The American Empire Project) by Noam Chomsky (Audio Book)

October 3, 2008

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Noam Chomsky is considered the father of modern linguistics. In this richly detailed criticism of American foreign policy, he seeks to redefine many of the terms commonly used in the ongoing American war on terrorism. Surveying U.S. actions in Cuba, Nicaragua, Turkey, the Far East and elsewhere over the past half a century along with the modern American war in Iraq, Chomsky indicates that America is just as much a terrorist state as any other government or rogue organization. George W. Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq drew worldwide criticism, in part because it seemed to present a new philosophy of pre-emptive war and an appearance of global empire building. But according to Chomsky, such has been the operating philosophy of American foreign policy for decades. Opponents of the Bush administration’s tactics consistently point out how the American government supported Saddam Hussein for many years prior to the 1990 invasion of Kuwait (pictures of Donald Rumsfeld shaking Saddam’s hand are easy to come by) as a means of pointing out how the United States is happy to fund despots when it’s in American interests. But Chomsky, armed with extensive historical notation, takes this notion further, arguing how the repression of other nations’ citizenry is, in fact, the very reason Americans support certain foreign leaders. The charges made throughout the book are severe, as are the dire consequences he posits if current trends are not reversed, and Chomsky is no more likely to make friends or gain supporters from the mainstream now than he’s ever been. But Hegemony or Survival is relatively dispassionate. Instead of relying on camp or shock value or personal attacks as some of his contemporaries have done, Chomsky drives his well-supported points steadily forward in an earnest and highly readable style.

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Class War: The Attack On Working People by Noam Chomsky (Audio Book)

October 3, 2008

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In perhaps the most potent of his speeches released on CD (this one recorded in 1995 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), linguist and political critic Noam Chomsky frankly addresses the evident–but largely undiscussed–lines of class in American society, comparing, for example, American labor laws and practices with those of its global comrades. “The government,” Chomsky says, quoting John Dewey, his favorite Democratic philosopher, “is the shadow cast by business over society.” He bemoans corporate propaganda, the crushing of unions, and the “created wants” that have left us “a devastated peasant society…. People are scared, angry, and hostile.” Pretty tough stuff, but Chomsky does offer one ray of hope: “If you want to change something, change the substance, not the shadow.”

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