NOAM CHOMSKY is a world renowned political activist, writer, and professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1955. Chomsky has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, and politics. Among his recent works are: 'Powers and Prospects, ' 'World Orders', 'Old and New; Deterring Democracy, Manufacturing Consent' (with E S Herman); and 'Year 501: The Conquest Continues'.Chomsky’s efforts for greater democracy are celebrated by peace and social justice movements worldwide.
POWER AND TERROR
POST-9/11 TALKS AND INTERVIEWS
Immediately after the terrorist attacks of September 11, Noam Chomsky’s always tightly scheduled life ratcheted several levels higher in intensity. In the months that followed, he gave a great many public talks and countless interviews, many of them to the foreign media, who turned to him as one of the small handful of American intellectuals who stood opposed to the Bush administration’s aggressive military response to the attacks.
With unflagging conviction, Chomsky must have repeated a thousand times his argument that we cannot address terrorism of the weak against the powerful without also confronting ‘the unmentionable but far more extreme terrorism of the powerful against the weak’.
The argument, supported with an ever expanding array of historical case studies, documents, and analyses, fell on deaf ears in Washington and in the mainstream American media, but resonated with large audiences in the United States and abroad who turned once again to Chomsky for the voice of reason and conscience that he has provided for decades.
Chomsky does not see himself as a vehicle for social change but perhaps its enabler, by providing his audience with the information and analysis that are the fruits of his research.
He repeatedly emphasizes that there are choices to be made, and that it is up to the individual to act according to moral principle and to force those in power to do the same.
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