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Optimism over Despair 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.

  • Paperback
  • 210 pages
  • Optimism over Despair
  • Noam Chomsky
  • English
  • 09 June 2018
  • 9781608467990

About the Author: Noam Chomsky

Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century H



10 thoughts on “Optimism over Despair

  1. says:

    I have to admit that I did not read every word written in the book, but perhaps 60 70% of it, and I have no real burning desire to read any There seems to be two kinds of Chomsky books well constructed, meticulously researched and coherent books that focus on a particular topic issue, and then there is the type that we find here.This is a collection of transcribed interviews, and it is hard to recommend it It lacks the focus of many of his other books, and without references foot notes it leaves the reader to trust Chomsky s research and the conclusions he draws No doubt your trust would not be misled, but it gives you no starting points should you want to do further research or reading Elsewhere Chomsky s coverage of issues is incredibly comprehensive Here you get small, bite sized pieces that aren t quite enough to satisfy Without greater context, background, history etc and the room to explore the issues the book isn t nearly as engaging or educational as other works.If you have read Chomsky before and are looking for a quick reminder overview of some of his arguments or ideas, or you find that some of the questions posed by the interviewer are particularly interesting I suppose the book has some value I don t think there is much truly new content here, and ...

  2. says:

    Brief debate with valuable insights on the contemporary issues of global politics and its declining hegemon With a clear resume We have two choices We can be pessimistic, give up, and help ensure that the worst...

  3. says:

    If you re looking for a quick, insightful overview on the current state of US and world affairs, you could do worse than picking up this collection of recent interviews with Noam Chomsky, which covers a wide range of topics from the war on terror, immigration, capitalism, climate change, the refugee crisis, national healthcare, and much There s some repetition since some interviews and questions lead back to to overarching points, but they re all the kind that definitely bare repeating ...

  4. says:

    In one of the first modern works of political theory, David Hume observed that power is in the hands of the governed if they only choose to exercise it, and ultimately, it is by opinion only that is, by doctrine and propaganda that they are prevented from exercising power That can be overcome, and often has been JFK effectively shifted the mission of the Latin American military from hemispheric defense to internal security , a euphemism for war against the population Declassified STRATCOM documents state, That the US may become irrational and vindictive if its vital interests are attacked, should be a part of the national persona we project It is beneficial for our strategic posture if some elements may appear to be potentially out of control Noam says this is Nixon s Madman theory, except this time clearly articulated in an internal planning document President Obama s drone campaign is by far the most vast and destructive terrorist operation now under way It s hard to find a national liberation movement that hasn t used terror One of those was George Washington s Army, so much so that a large part of the population fled in fear o...

  5. says:

    En av de beste og mest lettfattelige sammenfatninga av Chomsky hittil Det er imponerende hvor skarp og presis han er til f lge med n tidige hendelser, i en alder av n rmere 90 r Analysene hans av Trump og forvandlingen av Det republikanske parti fra et politisk parti til en regelrett radikal sekt, er ogs mer treffende enn mye annet der ute Ettersom den sviktende stemmen hans gj r at det blir stadig mer krevende h re hva han sier i intervjuer osv., er det behagelig at noen orker lage b ker som dette, basert p dem.Ankepunktene mine mot boka er at enkelte av svarene p noen av sp rsm lene han blir stilt, med fordel kunne blitt besvart mer utfyllende Enkelte ganger blir man sittende igjen med like mange sp rsm l som f r man leste Dette kunne ofte blitt ordnet med en liten ekstra setning Ellers er det dessuten lite optimism spore i denne boka til og med mindre enn hva tilfellet pleier v re med Chomsky Det ...

  6. says:

    The book does not offer optimism It is full of despair on all accounts Mr Chomsky does offer the readers a choice between pessimism and optimism, suggesting that it stands to reason that one should choose optimism, however, he lends no reason to favor the latter over the former The book a collection of interviews with Noam Chomsky, as published in the online Truthout site fails to ask a basic fundamental question when faced with such horrific man made disasters across the world what can a common person do which could create a hope of meaningful change to this mess The book covers in detail how US is the greatest and most dangerous terrorist organization in the world today how Iraq invasion was the crime of the century the many international crimes of Israel the plot of developed countries to strip developing countries of their autonomy by building economic dependencies through imbalanced policies and Almost no country or leader is spared ...

  7. says:

    The State of the WorldThe book comprises a series of interviews gave by Noam Chomsky over the course of the last four years from late 2013 to early 2017 and originally published in Truthout The interviews were organized in three groups The first deals with capitalism and its social s consequences The second discusses american foreign policy and its intersections with the muslin word, Russia and climate change The thir...

  8. says:

    The usual Chomsky with his view of the world with whom I agree, even because otherwise I wouldn t read his books My only question is why the title is optimism over despair when, after reading the book, despair overwhelms optimism by far.Il solito Chomsky con la sua visione del mondo, che io ovviamente con...

  9. says:

    A nice summary on the views of one of the most influential public intellectuals of the 20th century The book is done in the form of an interview, which cover the main questions leading up to the 2016 elections, and the future of world politics The critique of contemporary capitalism, and the neoliberal free market economic system is well structured, and convincing, without being excessively complex There is a strong undertone in the book of lost hope, ironic as the book is called Optimism over Despair Chomsky sees little way out of the on...

  10. says:

    It s one of those Chomsky books that s mainly a collation of relevant interviews, some very recent to the book s publication date of 2017 It s refreshing to see that even though there may be various interviews spanning different periods there is a lot of consistency in Chomsky s thought and general ...

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