By Noam Chomsky, written following his trip to the Gaza Strip on October 25-30, 2012.
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Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Important new collection of Chomsky writings
The Essential Chomsky
In a single volume, the seminal writings of the world's leading philosopher, linguist, and critic, published to coincide with his eightieth birthday.
For the past forty years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States.
Chomsky's many bestselling works -- including Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Understanding Power, and Failed States -- have served as essential touchstones for dissidents, activists, scholars, and concerned citizens on subjects ranging from the media to human rights to intellectual freedom. In particular, Chomsky's scathing critiques of the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East have furnished a widely accepted intellectual inspiration for antiwar movements over nearly four decades.
The Essential Chomsky assembles the core of his most important writings, including excerpts from his most influential texts over the past forty years. Here is an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of Chomsky's thought.
New article in 'On Chomsky' section:
Chomsky Draws a Crowd. By Eric Athas. January 18, 2008.
A new Chomsky interview, with Foreign Policy in Focus:
Chomsky on World Ownership, with Michael Shank, January 23, 2008.
Two recent articles by Professor Chomsky
We Own the World, January 1, 2008.
Symposium on Margaret Boden, Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science, October 11, 2007.
Transcript of 1988 Perle-Chomsky debate now available.
Many thanks to Jerome Henin for the transcription.
Professor Chomsky Q&A
For interested readers of chomsky.info, Professor Chomsky ocassionally answers questions posted to ZCommunications by "Z Sustainers" at: