One of the biggest problems with America today is the lack of introspection from the mainstream media (and to a lesser extent academics) regarding U.S. foreign policy. After the attacks of September 11th one of the recurring questions continues to be ?Why do they hate us?? If you truly want to get a better understanding of the world in which we live in, Chomsky gives a necessary analytical perspective on U.S. foreign policy over the last fifty years which is regrettably absent in the mainstream. Whether you like or dislike Chomsky?s ideas, it is necessary to hear his perspective because it is like no other, his profound knowledge of U.S. history is incomparable, which is why his analysis is so essential. Whenever you read or listen to Chomsky one thing is guaranteed, you will learn a couple of things you have never heard before.
If you are the type of person who likes to hear as many opinions on an issue as possible, you cannot avoid Chomsky. A must read for anyone interested in U.S. International policy. In order to not become as narrow minded and arrogant as a Sean Hanity or Geraldo Rivera, one must read as many arguments as possible. If you give Kissinger, Huntington, or even Coulter a chance, you would be doing a disservice to yourself not to read Chomsky, Zinn, or Said. Chomsky 's strength in Hegemony or Survival is his use of sources, he combines mainstream media, respected academics, and rarely used government documents to make a very strong argument.
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