Understanding Power
The Indispensable Chomsky

Chomsky, Noam; edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel

Publisher:  The New Press
Year Published:  2002   First Published:  2001
Pages:  432pp   ISBN:  9781565847033
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX8807

In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions, all published here for the first time, Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during Vietnam to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. As he elucidates the connection between America's imperialistic foreign policy and the decline of domestic social services, Chomsky also discerns the necessary steps to take toward social change.


Table of Contents

Editor's Preface

A Note on the Events of September 11, 2001

Chapter One Weekend Teach-In: Opening Session

The Achievements of Domestic Dissidence
The U.S. Network of Terrorist Mercenary States
Overthrowing Third World Governments
Government Secrecy
The Media: An Institutional Analysis
Testing the "Propaganda Model"
The Media an Elite Opinion
Filters on Reporting
Honest Subordination
"Fight it Better": The Media an the Vietnam War

Chapter Two Teach-In: Over Coffee

"Containing" the Soviet Union in the Cold war
Orwell's World and Ours
Contemporary Poverty
Religious Fanaticism
"The Real Anti-Semitism"
Ronald Reagan and the Future of Democracy
Two New Factors in World Affairs
Democracy Under Capitalism
The Empire
Change and the Future

Chapter Three Teach-In: Evening

The Military-Industrial Complex
The Permanent War Economy
Libyan and American Terrorism
The U.S. and the U.N.
Business, Apartheid, and Racism
Winning the Vietnam War
"Genocide": the United States and Pol Pot
Heroes and Anti-Heroes
Spectator Sports
Western European Activism and Canada
Dispelling Illusions

Chapter Four Colloquy

The Totalitarian Strain
A Lithuania Hypothetical
Perpetuating Brainwashing Under Freedom
Journalism LeMoyne_Style: A Sample of the Cynical Aspect
Rethinking Watergate
Escaping Indoctrination
Understanding the Middle East Conflict
The Threat of Peace
Water and the Occupied Territories
Imperial Ambitions and the Arab Threat
Prospects for the Palestinians
Legitimacy in History
Qualifications to Speak on World Affairs: A Presidential Campaign

Chapter Five Ruling the World

Soviet Versus Western Economic Development
Supporting Terror
"People's Democratic Socialist Republics"
The Organ Trade
The Real Crime of Cuba
Panama and Popular Invasions
Muslims and U.S. Foreign Policy
Haiti: Disturbance at an Export Platform
Texaco and the Spanish Revolution
Averting Democracy in Italy
P.R. in Somalia
The Gulf War
Bosnia: Intervention Questions
Toying With India
The Oslo Agreement and Imperialist Revival

Chapter Six Community Activists

Discussion Circle
The Early peace Movement and a Change in the 1970s
The Nuclear Freeze Movement
Awareness and Actions
Leaders and Movements
Level of Change
Transcending Capitalism
The Kibbutz experiment
"Anarchism" and "Libertarianism"
Articulating Visions
"Want" Creation
Dissidents: Ignored of Vilified
Teaching About Resistance
Science and Human Nature
Charlatans in the Sciences
Adam Smith: Real and Fake
The Computer and the Crowbar

Chapter Seven Intellectuals and Social Change

The Leninist/Capitalist Intelligentsia
Marxist "Theory" and Intellectual Fakery
Ideological Control in the Sciences and Humanities
The Functions of the Schools
Subtler Methods of Control
Cruder Methods of Control
The Fate of an Honest Intellectual
Forging Working-Class Culture
The Fraud of Modern Economics
The Real Market
A Revolutionary Change in Moral Values

Chapter Eight Popular Struggle

Discovering New Forms of Oppression
Freedom of Speech
Negative and Positive Freedoms
Cyberspace and Activism
"Freedom Trade" Agreements
Defence Department funding and "Clean Money"
The Favoured State and Enemy States
Canada's Media
Should Quebec Separate from Canada?
Deciphering "China"
Indonesia's Killing fields: U.S. Backed Genocide in East Timor
Mass Murderers at Harvard
Changes in Indonesia
Nuclear Proliferation and North Korea
The Samson Option
The Lot of the Palestinians
P.L.O. Ambitions
The Nation-State System

Chapter Nine Movement Organizing

The Movie Manufacturing Consent
Media Activism
Self-Destruction of the U.S. Left
Popular Education
Third-Party Politics
"A Praxis"
The War on Unions
Inner-City Schools
Defending the Welfare State
Pension Funds and the Law
Conspiracy Theories
The Decision to Get Involved
"Human Nature Is Corrupt"
Discovering Morality
Moral Values

Chapter Ten Turning Point

Bringing the Third World Home
Welfare: the Pea and the Mountain
Crime Control and "Superfluous" People
Violence and Repression
International Capital: the New Imperial Age
The Fairy Tale Economy
Building International Unions
Initial Moves and the Coming Crisis
Elite Planning-Slipping Out of Hand
Disturbed Populations Stirring
The Verge of Fascism
The Future of History


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