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Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate and graduate years were spent at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his PhD in linguistics in 1955. During the years 1951 to 1955, While Chomsky was a junior fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, he completed his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Transformational Analysis." The major theoretical viewpoints of the dissertation appeared in the monograph Syntactic Structure, which was published in 1957. This formed part of a more extensive work, The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory, circulated in mimeograph in 1955 and published in 1975.

Chomsky joined the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955 and in 1961 was appointed full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (now the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.) From 1966 to 1976 he held the Ferrari P. Ward Professorship of Modern Languages and Linguistics. In 1976 he was appointed Institute Professor.

During the years 1958 to 1959 Chomsky was in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, NJ. In the spring of 1969 he delivered the John Locke Lectures at Oxford; in January 1970 he delivered the Bertrand Russell Memorial Lecture at Cambridge University; in 1972, the Nehru Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, and in 1977, the Huizinga Lecture in Leiden, among many others.

Professor Chomsky has received honorary degrees from University of London, University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, Swarthmore College, Delhi University, Bard College, University of Massachusetts, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Amherst College, Cambridge University, University of Buenos Aires, McGill University, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona, Columbia University, University of Connecticut, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, Harvard University, University of Calcutta, and Universidad Nacional De Colombia. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science. In addition, he is a member of other professional and learned societies in the United States and abroad, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Helmholtz Medal, the Dorothy Eldridge Peacemaker Award, the Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science, and others.

Chomsky has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. His works include: Aspects of the Theory of Syntax; Cartesian Linguistics; Sound Pattern of English (with Morris Halle); Language and Mind; American Power and the New Mandarins; At War with Asia; For Reasons of State; Peace in the Middle East?; Reflections on Language; The Political Economy of Human Rights, Vol. I and II (with Edward S. Herman); Rules and Representations; Lectures on Government and Binding; Towards a New Cold War; Radical Priorities; Fateful Triangle; Knowledge of Language; Turning the Tide; Pirates and Emperors; On Power and Ideology; Language and Problems of Knowledge; The Culture of Terrorism; Manufacturing Consent (with E.S. Herman); Necessary Illusions; Deterring Democracy; Year 501; Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War and US Political Culture; Letters from Lexington; World Orders, Old and New; The Minimalist Program; Powers and Prospects; The Common Good; Profit over People; The New Military Humanism; New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind; Rogue States; A New Generation Draws the Line; 9-11Understanding Power; Hegemony or Survival; Failed States; Who Rules the World?; and Requiem for the American Dream.

 

 

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Yugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution
Author: Noam Chomsky • Edited by Davor Džalto • Preface by Andrej Grubačić
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-442-5
Published: 4/1/2018
Format: Paperback
Size: 9x6
Page count: 240
Subjects: Politics / History-Europe
$19.95

The Balkans, in particular the turbulent ex-Yugoslav territory, have been among the most important world regions in Noam Chomsky’s political reflections and activism for decades. His articles, public talks, and correspondence have provided a critical voice on political and social issues crucial not only to the region but the entire international community, including "humanitarian intervention," the relevance of international law in today’s politics, media manipulations, and economic crisis as a means of political control.

This volume provides a comprehensive survey of virtually all of Chomsky’s texts and public talks that focus on the region of the former Yugoslavia, from the 1970s to the present. With numerous articles and interviews, this collection presents a wealth of materials appearing in book form for the first time along with reflections on events twenty-five years after the official end of communist Yugoslavia and the beginning of the war in Bosnia. The book opens with a personal and wide-ranging preface by Andrej Grubačić that affirms the ongoing importance of Yugoslav history and identity, providing a context for understanding Yugoslavia as an experiment in self-management, antifascism, and mutlethnic coexistence.

Praise:

“Chomsky is a global phenomenon. . . . He may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet.”
New York Times Book Review

“For anyone wanting to find out more about the world we live in . . . there is one simple answer: read Noam Chomsky.”
New Statesman

“With relentless logic, Chomsky bids us to listen closely to what our leaders tell us—and to discern what they are leaving out. . . . Agree with him or not, we lose out by not listening.”
Businessweek

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The Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony (DVD): The Middle East, Empire, and Activism
Published: March 2010

ISBN: 978-1-60486-305-5

Format: DVD (NTSC)

Length: 105 minutes

Dimensions: 7.5 by 5.5

Subjects: Politics, Philosphy, History-US

$19.95

The world’s most influential living intellectual, Noam Chomsky, holds forth on the root causes of the conflicts in the Middle East and talks about hopes for future social change. The renowned foreign policy critic and linguist brings the full force of his rapier-like mind and deadpan wit to bear in slicing through mainstream misconceptions—many of them intentional—about the internal and external politics of Iran and Israel/ Palestine. Chomsky eloquently contextualizes the power of the Israel lobby and the centrality of the U.S. in resolving the underlying antagonisms in the Middle East, as well as weighing in on how U.S. public opinion has shifted over the past several decades and addressing various positive directions for activism.

The Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony includes the hour-long DVD extra of Noam Chomsky conversing with Larry Bensky about the media, class, and right-wing populism.

Praise:

“Chomsky is a global phenomenon… perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet.”
--New York Times Book Review

“One of the greatest, most radical public thinkers of our time. When the sun sets on the American empire, as it will, as it must, Noam Chomsky's work will survive.”
--Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things

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The Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony (CD): The Middle East, Empire, and Activism
Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: PM Press and Trade Root Music
ISBN: 978-1-60486-304-8
UPC: 877746001529
Published: September 2010
Format: Audio CD
Size: 5.5 by 5.5
Length: 70 minutes
Subjects: Current Events, Politics
$14.95

The world’s most influential living intellectual, Noam Chomsky, holds forth on the root causes of the conflicts in the Middle East and talks about hopes for future social change. The renowned foreign policy critic and linguist brings the full force of his rapier-like mind and deadpan wit to bear in slicing through mainstream misconceptions—many of them intentional—about the internal and external politics of Iran and Israel/Palestine. Chomsky eloquently contextualizes the power of the Israel lobby and the centrality of the U.S. in resolving the underlying antagonisms in the Middle East, as well as weighing in on how U.S. public opinion has shifted over the past several decades and addressing various positive directions for activism.

Praise:

“Chomsky is a global phenomenon… perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet.”
--New York Times Book Review

“One of the greatest, most radical public thinkers of our time. When the sun sets on the American empire, as it will, as it must, Noam Chomsky's work will survive.”
--Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things

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Iraq: The Forever War (Compact Disc)
Released: December 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60486-100-6 UPC: 877746001024
Format: Audio CD
Time: 60 minutes
Package Size: 5.5 by 5.5
Subjects: Spoken Word, Politics

$14.95

Presenting an arresting analysis of U.S. foreign policy and the war on terror, this original recording delivers a provocative lecture on the nation’s past and present use of force. Demonstrating how imperial powers have historically invented fantastic reasons to sell their wars to their people, this powerful examination illustrates the attack on Iraq as not just a mistake but also a crime, proposing that the criminals behind it should be brought to justice. The discourse focuses on the present U.S. disregard for the Geneva Conventions and the dangerous and immoral use of “anticipatory self-defense” to undermine the United Nations Charter and international law.

In spite of this dark assessment, Chomsky maintains hope for democracy at home and abroad by inspiring listeners to shake off our political malaise and work to build a more egalitarian future for all.

Reviews:

"A global phenomenon, perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet." --New York Times

 "The conscience of the American people." --New Statesman

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Theory and Practice (DVD): Conversations with Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn

Published: March 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60486-305-5
Format: DVD (NTSC)
Length: 105 minutes
Dimensions: 7.5 by 5.5
Subjects: Politics, Philosphy, History-US

$19.95

Two of the most venerable figures on the American Left—Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky—converse with Sasha Lilley about their lives and political philosophies, looking back at eight decades of struggle and theoretical debate. Howard Zinn, interviewed shortly before his death, reflects on the genesis of his politics, from the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements to opposing empire today, as well as history, art and activism. Noam Chomsky discusses the evolution of his libertarian socialist ideals since childhood, his vision for a future post-capitalist society, and his views on the state, science, the Enlightenment, and the future of the planet.  

Praise:

“Chomsky is a global phenomenon… perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet.”
--New York Times Book Review

“What can I say that will in any way convey the love, respect, and admiration I feel for this unassuming hero who was my teacher and mentor; this radical historian and people-loving ‘troublemaker,’ this man who stood with us and suffered with us? Howard Zinn was the best teacher I ever had, and the funniest.”
--Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

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Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours (Compact Disk)
Released: April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60486-211-9 UPC: 877746001222
UPC: 877746001123
Format: Audio CD
Time: 72 minutes
Package Size: 5.5 by 5.5
Subjects: Spoken Word, Politics, Current Events

$14.95

On June 12, 2009, Noam Chomsky gave a historic address at the Riverside Church in New York City.

The talk was sponsored by the Brecht Forum and cosponsors included the Education Ministry of the Riverside Church, Mission and Social Justice Commission of the Riverside Church, Theatre of the Oppressed at the Riverside Church, the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory, and Bluestockings Books.

More than 2,000 people attended the lecture captured here, in which Chomsky offered a powerful analysis of the current economic crisis and its structural roots, the continuity in U.S. foreign policy under the Barack Obama administration, and the class interests driving U.S. domestic and foreign policy. He also speaks at length about the tradition of worker self-management as a concrete alternative to the business-as-usual approach of corporations and the government during the current crisis. The CD also features an introduction by Amy Goodman.

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Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours (Noam Chomsky DVD)

Released: April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60486-210-2
UPC: 760137494393
Format: DVD (NTSC)
Time: 80 minutes
Package Size: 7.5 by 5.5
Subjects: Spoken Word, Politics

$19.95

On June 12, 2009, Noam Chomsky gave a historic address at the Riverside Church in New York City.

The talk was sponsored by the Brecht Forum and cosponsors included the Education Ministry of the Riverside Church, Mission and Social Justice Commission of the Riverside Church, Theatre of the Oppressed at the Riverside Church, the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory, and Bluestockings Books.

More than 2,000 people attended the lecture captured here, in which Chomsky offered a powerful analysis of the current economic crisis and its structural roots, the continuity in U.S. foreign policy under the Barack Obama administration, the class interests driving U.S. domestic and foreign policy. He also speaks here at length about the tradition of worker self-management as a concrete alternative to the business-as-usual approach of corporations and the government during the current crisis. The DVD also features an introduction by Amy Goodman and an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chomsky. 

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    yugoYugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution: A Review
    By Milenko Srećković
    Translated by Kosta Tadić
    https://www.milenkosreckovic.com/new-book-by-noam-chomsky-yugoslavia-peace-war-and-dissolution-2018/
    May 19th, 2018

    The whole process of Yugoslavian breakup could be really understood and seriously analysed only by a person with a serious political experience which Noam Chomsky undoubtedly had and still has. His writings are extremely valuable to everyone who wants to understand the global imperialistic geopolitical interests and the methods used for their achievement. His work is also a testimony about shameful immorality of the numerous war-supporting “intellectuals” and journalists. Hiding behind “humanitarianism”, they – together with the war machine and intelligence agents – are turning the ordinary people’s lives into hell.

     

    Yugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution: A Review
    By Niklas Pivic
    Niklas’ Blog
    May 2018

    "Something else interesting happened after that. Yugoslavia brought the case to the World Court. The court accepted it and deliberated for a couple of years, but what is interesting is that the U.S. excused itself from the case, and the court accepted the excuse. Why? Because Yugoslavia had mentioned the Genocide Convention, and the U.S. did sign the Genocide Convention (after forty years). It ratified it, but with a reservation, saying it was “inapplicable to the United States.” In other words, the U.S. is entitled to commit genocide. That was the case that the U.S. Justice Department of President Clinton brought to the World Court, and the court had to agree. If a country does not accept World Court jurisdiction, it has to be excluded, so the U.S. was excluded from the trial on the grounds that it grants itself the right to commit genocide. Do you think this was reported here? Does any of this get reported? All in all, a very needed book."

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