Optimism Over Despair

Optimism Over Despair

On Capitalism, Empire, and Social Change

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This volume offers readers a concise and accessible introduction to the ideas of Noam Chomsky, described by the New York Times as “arguably the most important intellectual alive.”

In these recent, wide-ranging interviews, conducted for Truthout by C. J. Polychroniou, Chomsky discusses his views on the “war on terror” and the rise of neoliberalism, the refugee crisis and cracks in the European Union, prospects for a just peace in Israel/Palestine, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the dysfunctional US electoral system, the grave danger posed to humanity by the climate crisis, and the hopes, prospects, and challenges of building a movement for radical change.

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. His work is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. He is the author of numerous best-selling political works, which have been translated into scores of languages worldwide.

C. J. Polychroniou is a regular contributor to Truthout as well as a member of Truthout's Public Intellectual Project. He has published several books and his articles have appeared in a variety of journals, magazines, newspapers, and popular news websites.


Wide-ranging interviews on war, power, and politics with Noam Chomsky, the world's leading critic of US foreign policy.


Publisher: Chicago, Illinois :, Haymarket Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9781608467990
1608467996
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Polychroniou, Chronis - Interviewer

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Aug 21, 2017

Oh, lordy, yet another book in the list of endless books from Chomsky. Chomsky has made a career of lying about the Kennedy Administration and trivializing the contributions of the Kennedy brothers and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Chomsky has falsely attributed Operation Brother Sam to President Kennedy, when it clearly was the responsibility of LBJ and happened under his watch. Chomsky has falsely attributed the entire responsibility of the Bay of Pigs, when the plan was created and designed and initiated under Eisenhower, JFK had the bad misfortune and even worse advise to proceed, but Kennedy forbade the originally stated actions: assassination of Castro and full US military backing!
Chomsky was hired at MIT when Fred Koch was a trustee there - - never heard him mention anything about the patriarch of the Koch family, et cetea. Chomsky was at Harvard the same time as Kissinger, wonder if they were involved in any manner?
Another book from Professor Nebulous . . . ho hum!
https://ohtarzie.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/passing-noam-on-my-way-out-part-1/ https://ohtarzie.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/passing-noam-on-the-way-out-part-2-chomsky-vs-aaron-swartz/

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