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Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky
LunowDate: Monday, 2011-11-21, 2:45 PM | Message # 1
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This in-depth interview with Noam Chomsky, intercut with clips from his 2001-02 U.S. lecture tour, finds the outspoken intellectual blasting U.S. foreign policy decisions related to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A respected linguist who gained a wider reputation as a left-wing political analyst and best-selling writer, Chomsky criticizes how the Bush administration and previous administrations have exercised U.S. power in the world arena. - from Netflix

According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992, and was the eighth most cited source. Chomsky is the author of over 100 books.

Noam Chomsky is the most important academic that you have never heard of. In addition to being the most quoted living author for a number of years (he could still be today), Chomsky is possibly the most famous American academic known around the world. Strangely, he is never invited to the Sunday news shows on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. Yet, he is a regular on news shows around the world. He is an incredible mind.

This documentary is made by a Japanese film company, and documents a series of speeches Chomsky made in the immediate period after the 9/11 attacks and before the invasion of Iraq. Chomsky offers a different historical perspective on the meaning of 9/11. His view runs contrary to the mainstream, but is interesting nevertheless.

As many of you are getting ready to move to university, I thought that you might enjoy seeing what a university-style guest lecture is like.

Disclaimer: Chomsky is highly critical of the state, and might introduce many concepts that you would never have encountered before. Remember that while you might be tempted to dismiss his views out of hand, he is perhaps the most important American academic of the last century.
 
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