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Because We Say So

Because We Say So

Written by Noam Chomsky

Narrated by James Patrick Cronin


Because We Say So

Written by Noam Chomsky

Narrated by James Patrick Cronin

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5 hours
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Released:
May 3, 2016
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9781515976387
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Because We Say So presents more than thirty concise, forceful commentaries on U.S. politics and global power. Written between 2011 and 2015, Noam Chomsky's arguments forge a persuasive counter-narrative to official accounts of U.S. politics and policies during global crisis. Find here classic Chomsky on the increasing urgency of climate change, the ongoing impact of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing, nuclear politics, cyberwar, terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, and the Middle East, security and state power, as well as deeper reflections on the Obama doctrine, political philosophy, the Magna Carta, and the importance of a commons to democracy.

Because We Say So is the third in a series of books by Chomsky published by City Lights Publishers that includes Making the Future (2012) and Interventions (2007), a book banned by U.S. military censors. Taken together, the three books present a complete collection of the articles Chomsky writes regularly for the New York Times Syndicate, and are largely ignored by newspapers in the United States. Because We Say So offers fierce, accessible, timely, gloves-off political writing by America's foremost public intellectual and political dissident.
Publisher:
Released:
May 3, 2016
ISBN:
9781515976387
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic and political activist. Sometimes described as "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He holds a joint appointment as Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and laureate professor at the University of Arizona and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media.

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  • (5/5)
    Grat book!!! The interventions of the US all around the words affairs is shameful.
  • (5/5)
    Great book . I full of facts about us behavior around the world
  • (5/5)
    Eye opener and clearly explains why we are where we are.
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    I've read a couple of Noams books and let me first say I value his clear eyed perspective as to American exceptionolism as well as regarding a few other hypocrisies and subjects such as climate and Snowden. I think he comes across better and more balanced in interviews than in his articles. Now to the point. In his articles I found a an exposition followed by condemnation, in my opinion very hypocrily and without depth and broad understanding. Also I was disturbed by selective fact use. For example: he compares extradition to Cuba, with whom there is no such treaty, to extradition from Sweden or somewhere where there is, and calls it hypocrisy. He would like Arabs to defend themselves including with nuclear Arsenal's, and disregards threats they make to use such. He also naively considers any nations word to be good and any nations use of a power vacuum to be benign, except for the United States. I also find him unduly obsessed with Israel. Fully a quarter of the book with the remainder on the United States. No other nation is mentioned. So forgive me for discussing Israel as well. I find chompsky misleading in quoting the world in saying the us is the greatest threat to peace, which might be true, but does not mean it is bad nor that without this policing the world would not have a far greater threat to peace from elsewhere. In his mind Israel should keep the Oslo accords one sidedly, a hypocrisy, and also should be held to have captured territory taken in defensive action in '48 and '67, a war he by the way that he claims Israel started, which I false. Nowhere does he even mention Arab aggression except to tell about a poor protester with a sign saying I was bombed and so I shot rockets. What about the wars of extinction fought multiple times by massive armies against a un given charter? Why are all nations benign and all organizations cheritible except American and Israeli? In chapter 34, the last one, he talks about Hamas as a wonderful organization wanting a reasonable two state solution, forgetting that it's charter demands Israel's extinction. In the same chapter he falsley claims Israel kept Sinai instead of a peace with Egypt which is a lie from whole cloth. I am quite upset at chompsky and would recommend reading only chapters 27, 29, 30, 32. I found the remainder misleading and hypocritical when not outright false. Wether you agree or not I think the most damning thing I can say is that this book did not leave me feeling enlightened and with a broader and better grasp of the world; the reason I picked it up.

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  • (5/5)

    3 people found this helpful

    Extraordinary book as I highly recommend it! A must read!

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  • (1/5)

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    Not sure what the goal of this book is.
    It you are past the 20 minutes into glorifying Noah Chomsky, you are presented with nothing but criticism of what is all wrong in the world (because corporatism is all evil supposedly, socialists view) with no analysis or even an attempted solution.
    Alex Jones narrating it would have been a perfect fit for the presentation of the content, criticism after criticism with no contribution of any solution, or if so, only to a level of a random guy you pick of the street.

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    Whatever the world may think, U.S. actions are legitimate because we say so. The principle was enunciated by the eminent statesman Dean Acheson in 1962, when he instructed the American Society of International Law that no legal issue arises when the United States responds to a challenge to its “power, position, and prestige”.Because We Say So contains thirty short articles by Noam Chomsky written between 2011and 2014. Chomsky is a world-renowned academician who is often considered ‘the father of linguistics’ and is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he has taught since 1955. But he is probably best known for his political activism and radical commentary – as Henry A. Giroux points out in the Foreword, something of an American tradition but which have made him ‘appear to be an exile in his own country by virtue of his constant dissent, the shock of his acts of translation, and his displays of fierce courage’. So much so, in fact, that Interventions, a collection of his commentaries released in 2007 was banned for distribution in Guantanamo Bay by the U.S. military. Yet, despite the fact that he gets little notice by the mainstream media in the US and is frequently shunned by both conservatives and liberals, he is probably the most well-known and respected American intellectual throughout most of the rest of the world. Given that he is an outspoken critic of America’s role in the world and its refusal to sign accords concerning such issues as poverty, making the Middle East a WMD-free zone, and climate change all of which he discusses in these essays, it is perhaps not surprising. But, unlike too many intellectuals and academicians, Chomsky never uses ‘university-speak’ and he never talks down to his audience – he speaks from his knowledge and his intellect, yes, but he also and always speaks from his heart.And these short essays go a long way in explaining why he holds such a place of renown throughout most of the world. His commentaries always provide a well-informed, well-thought-out and principled counterpoint to the messages offered by the mainstream media whether it is the accepted justification for drone strikes, giving aboriginal or ‘unpeople’ a voice, the falsehoods of accepted history, the urgency of climate change, or what constitutes the Common Good. Whether you agree or disagree with his arguments, they are always well-researched, well thought out, cogent, on point, and timely and they give you a perspective you will never get in those mainstream news outlets including the so-called liberal ones.

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