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Propaganda and the Public Mind
Conversations with Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky and David BarsamianPages: 264
Release Date: 2000-01-01
This book is also available in cloth
In this collection of interviews, Noam Chomsky offers insights into the institutions that shape the public mind in the service of power and profit. Whether discussing US military escalation in Colombia, the attack on Social Security, the rise of HMOs, or growing inequality worldwide, Chomsky shows how ordinary citizens, if they work together, have the power to make meaningful change.
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Table of Contents
1 Activist Victories
2 US to World: Get Out of the Way
3 For Reasons of State
4 East Timor on the Brink
5 The Meaning of Seattle
6 Liberating the Mind From Orthodoxies
Appendix Some Resources for Further Information
From Chapter 2: “US to World: Get Out of the Way”
Barsamian: One of the advantages of leaving the United States is to be exposed to different media. I traveled to Thailand in January. The Nation is one of their two English-language newspapers. There was a very critical article by Suravit Jayanama titled, “Containing America in the Post-Cold War Era.” The article asked, “While Washington talks about containing Saddam Hussein, what about the need to contain a superpower that zealously acts to protect its own interests?”
Chomsky: That’s the attitude in much of the world, and with justice. When the world’s only superpower, which has essentially a monopoly of force, announces openly, We will use force and violence as we choose and if you don’t like it get out of the way, there’s a reason why that should frighten people. Incidentally, the reaction after the Gulf War was the same. It was described in the United States as a triumph of morality and courage. But if you look around the world, it was quite different. I reviewed as much as I could discover of world coverage, and people were very frightened. They said, These guys are out of control. Who are they going to attack next? There is no deterrent left. The United States will do as it pleases, and everybody else had better watch out...
Propaganda and the Public Mind, we have unique insight into Noam Chomsky's
decades of penetrating analyses...drawn together in one slender volume by a
brilliant radio interviewer, David Barsamian. They make clear that the
new electronic media and their corporate culture ignore national boundaries
and in that sense exceed in power individual nations of the world whose borders
they so easily penetrate."
—Ben Bagdikian, author of The Media Monopoly
anyone who wonders if ideas, information, and activism can make a profound difference
in the twenty-first century, I say: 'Read this book.' Propaganda and
the Public Mind challenges us to think more independently and more deeply
about the human consequences of power and privilege. It also minces no
words about the grim results of illusion and inaction. These discussions
between Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian will inspire readers to explore wider
possibilities.… What we do with it is up to us."
—Norman Solomon, author of The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media
Praise for Noam Chomsky
"An exploder of received
—New York Times
"Noam Chomsky is one of the most significant challengers of unjust power and delusions; he goes against every assumption about American altruism and humanitarianis...
Noam Chomsky is a world-renowned linguist, scholar, and political analyst. Born on December 7, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chomsky became politically conscious at a very young age, writing his first political article, on the fight against fascism in Spain, when he was only ten years old.
His 1957 work Syntactic Structures revolutionized the field of linguistics, fundamentally changing the current understanding of language and mind. Chomsky joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955, and in 1976 was appointed Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.
Chomsky has written and lectured extensively on linguistics, philosophy, international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and other contemporary political issues. His essays have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Nation, Z Magazine, CAQ, and numerous political and scholarly publications.
Chomsky's groundbreaking work on Palestine and the Middle East, East Timor, the Gulf War, and the mass media have gained international attention. As evidence of his broad appeal and importance, he was the subject of the award-winning 1993 film “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media,” and excerpts from his speeches have appeared on the b-side of a single by the band Bad Religion.
Chomsky books with South End Press include Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs, Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and Palestine and Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies among others.
David Barsamian is founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent award-winning weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. He is a radio producer, journalist, author, and lecturer. He has been working in radio since 1978. His interviews and articles appear regularly in The Progressive and Z Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky; Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire and The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting.
His recent books with South End Press are The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy, and Louder Than Bombs: Interviews from The Progressive Magazine.
The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. Barsamian lectures on U.S. foreign policy, the media, propaganda, and corporate power in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, India and Europe. He is the winner of the ACLU's 2003 Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism.