For Reasons Of State

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Penguin Books India, 2003 - United States - 496 pages
Chomsky S Second Major Collection Of Political Writings, Following His Pathbreaking American Power And The New Mandarins

An Essential Record Of Chomsky S Political And Social Thought As It Was Sharpened On The Upheavals In Domestic And International Affairs Of The Early 1970S, For Reasons Of State Is A Major Addition To The Intellectual History Of The Vietnam Era. It Includes Articles On The War In Vietnam And The 'Wider War' In Laos And Cambodia, An Extensive Dissection Of The Pentagon Papers, Reflections On The Role Of Force In International Affairs, Essays On Civil Disobedience And The Role Of The University, And A Now-Classic Introduction To Anarchism. These Contributions Reveal Very Different Facets Of Chomsky S Powers As A Thinker, From His Uncanny Ability To Join Abstract Philosophical Considerations With The Concrete Political Realities Of His Time, To His Singular Capacity To Mount Withering, Fact-Based Critiques Of American Foreign Policy.
 

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A group of essays on the Indochina War by the MIT linguist and opponent of American Southeast Asia policy, followed by discussions of academia, language, anarchism, and the work of B. F. Skinner and ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Arundhati Roy
vii
Introduction
xxi
The Backroom Boys
15
The Wider War
172
The Rule of Force in lntemational Affairs
212
The Next Phase 259
259
On the Limits of Civil Disobedience
285
The Function of the University in a Time of Crisis
298
Psychology and Ideology
318
Notes on Anarchism 37
375
Language and Freedom
387
Bibliography 49
421
Index
429
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