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Noam Chomsky gives one a clear description of the real life effects of American Foreign policy and the focus of economic policy in the US for the last thirty years. Noam Chomsky Because We Say So is a collection of than 30 concise, forceful commentaries on US politics and global power The commentaries and essays have been written between 2011 and 2015, touching on subjects of Edward Snowden s whistleblowing, climate change, corporate impact on the environment, nuclear politics, cyber war, terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, the Middle East, state security and state power with deeper reflections on the doctrines, political philosophies in the importance of a Commons to democracy The third in a series of books published by City Lights Media, Chomsky writes regularly for the New York Times Syndicate, his arguments afford a persuasive counter narrative to official reports on U.S politics and policies during global crises For Chomsky, crises are viewed as overlapping, merging into each other in ways that often go unrecognized In fact, Chomsky often brings together in his work issues such as terrorism, corporate power, American exceptionalism and other major concerns, including social environmental impacts providing maps that enable his readers refigure the landscape of political, cultural and social life in ways that offer up new connections and the possibility for fresh modes of theorizing potential resistance He points to the efforts of the financial elite and their marketing machines to atomize people so they will be complicit the destruction of the environmental commons In his essays, he identifies no privileged, singularly oppressed groups in his works but remains an ardent defender of the impoverished, the excluded, and the marginalized persons oppressed by class, race, gender and other ideologies and social structural relations, making visible this oppression in its multiple forms.He makes a great case against the corporatization and hypocrisy of the Western governments of the world today and the neoliberal economic policies which drive them In Can Civilization Survive Capitalism March 4, 2013 he correctly notes that the current political economic system is a form of plutocracy, diverging sharply from democracy, if by that concept we mean political arrangements in which policy is significantly influenced by the public will And that it seems to me unlikely that civilization can survive really existing capitalism and the sharply attenuated democracy that goes along with it Keeping in mind the most critical immediate problem that civilization faces environmental catastrophe and identifying that indigenous peoples are well in the lead in seeking to preserve the planet Identifying Ecuador as seeking aid from rich countries to keep its substantial oil reserves underground He also rightly perceives economic inequality and free trade as the underlying cause of some of the greatest atrocities in today s world Noting in Prerogatives of Power February 4, 2014 under the umbrella of the North American Free Trade Agreement in Latin American countries poverty is severe in those countries that have long been under US domination, like Guatemala and Honduras and even relatively wealthy Mexico He quotes from Jos Marti that the further they draw away from the United States, the freer and prosperous the Latin American people will be Singling out Dow Chemical backed by the American government in these atrocities as the government of Vietnam had addressed in a letter to the International Olympic Committee expressing the profound concerns of the government and people of Vietnam about the decision of the IOC to accept the Dow Chemical Company as a global partner sponsoring the Olympic movement Dow Chemical provided Agent Orange used by the United States to destroy the crops and forest of South Vietnam affecting millions of Vietnamese and US soldiers to this day, quoting international affairs scholar James Peck In the history of human rights, the worst atrocities are always committed by somebody else, never us whoever us is Chomsky correctly identifies the most important issues facing our species in the world today environmental disaster and nuclear war Putting it bluntly, he remarks in the moral calculus of today s capitalism, a bigger bonus tomorrow outweighs the fate of one s grandchildren Cultures and societies of the world play a key role in the book as Chomsky is an ardent defender of the disenfranchised, impoverished and excluded people and societies oppressed by class, race, gender and other ideologies and social structural relations The dominant cultures expressed by Western governments, the United States and its allies often take on the role of the oppressor, often oppressing the very freedom that define democracies Identifying what many see as the flaw of democracy The great mass of the poor could use their voting power to take the property of the rich, which would be unfair which James Madison s solution was to reduce democracy The book provides a view that is so well written, so thoroughly researched, that s impossible to withstand, even if one tried to In a way, it is one sided, as it provides Chomsky s single narrative views, but he also provides overwhelming, researchable documentation, facts and views expressed by others that cannot be ignored As Glenn Greenwald states There is no living political writer who is radically changed how people think in parts of the world about political and social issues If there is any weaknesses of the book, it is that Chomsky is fiercely critical of fashionable conservative and liberal attempts to divorce intellectual activities from politics and is quite frank in his notion that education both in and out of institutional schooling should be involved in the practice of freedom and not just the pursuit of truth Few of these essays are published in the op ed pages of American papers and his earlier commentaries collection, INTERVENTIONS has been banned by US military censors, so one would have to look for these essays and commentaries.I having been exposed to some of his essays and political commentaries was very interested in reading this book One of Chomsky s most insistent themes focuses on how state power functions in various forms as a mode of terrorism inflicting violence, misery and hardship, often as a function of class warfare and American global imperialism, and how people are often complicit with such acts of barbarism All the commentaries included in this book are written with courage, thoughtfulness, rigor and compassion that is lacking in the world news that reaches the American audience He brings a clarity and focus on the unpeople who have been written out of the discourse, from the Israel and the Middle East, Africa and Asia to the Americas He provides a particularly poignant view that is also recognized by many of us in the First Nations, indigenous and aboriginal people of the earth regarding global warming and environmental disaster To gain perspective on what s happening in the world, it s sometimes useful to adopt the stance of intelligent extraterrestrial observers viewing the strange doings on earth They would be watching in wonder as the richest and most powerful country in world history now leads the lemmings cheerfully off the cliff. Finally someone willing to point out problems which are either ignored, or twisted through mass media Chomsky simply displays facts. He is always thoughtful and insightful and tells it like it is If you re a true believer in American exceptionalism and think America can do know wrong, this IS NOT the book for you For that matter, if you think this way and wish to continue to be blind and uninformed, none of his books are for you If you love America, but acknowledge that much of our foreign policy amounts to bullying and, that we have many issues, you ll enjoy reeading what he has to say. ^FREE PDF ⇵ Because We Say So ☝ The West S Most Prominent Critic Of US Imperialism Returns With Another Essential Counter Punch To American Hegemony Noam Chomsky Is The World S Bestselling And Most Influential Political Writer, Bar None Now In PaperbackNoam Chomsky Was Born In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, In He Is The Bestselling Author Of Over Influential Political Books, Including Hegemony Or Survival, Imperial Ambitions, Failed States, Interventions, What We Say Goes, Hopes And Prospects, Making The Future, Occupy, Power Systems, On Anarchism And Masters Of Mankind He Has Also Been The Subject Of Numerous Books Of Biography And Interviews And Has Collaborated With Journalists On Books, Such As Perilous Power, Gaza In Crisis, And On Palestine Noam Chomsky Is Professor Emeritus At Massachusetts Institute Of Technology MIT His Most Recent Book Is Who Rules The World