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Renowned interviewer David Barsamian showcases his unique access to Chomsky's thinking on a number of topics of contemporary and historical import. Chomsky offers insights into the institutions that shape the public mind in the service of power and profit.

In an interview conducted after the important November 1999 "Battle in Seattle", Chomsky discusses prospects for building a movement to challenge corporate domination of the media, the environment, and even our private lives. Whether discussing US military escalation in Colombia, attacks on Social Security, or growing inequality worldwide, Chomsky shows how ordinary people, if they work together, have the power to make meaningful change.

©2001 Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Letting the Facts Speak for Themselves

Noam Chomsky has been talking about the mechanisms of propaganda and manufactured outrage for a very long time. If you want deeper insights, this is where to turn.

In this series of talks with David Barsamian, we hear a real discussion with an utter lack of punditry. Chomsky has said that he is not a charismatic speaker, and is not interested in persuading people, but that he helps people persuade themselves.

He wants to tell you what he thinks, but not what you should think. As critical thinkers, we can distinguish between statements of opinion and fact. You may not agree with Mr. Chomsky that the US is the greatest threat to world peace, but his facts are incontrovertible. He goes over what was omitted in the media regarding Central America and Viet Nam, as well as what was submitted for broadcast news.

Brian Jones is a clear and animated narrator. He keeps the voices of Chomsky and Barsamian distinct, and even adds a bit of the charisma that Mr. Chomsky says he lacks.

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interesting perspective

Insightful and concise.

If you have any interest in understanding how the left sees themselves and the world listen to this.

Pay attention to the methods of criticism given to conservative policy compared to liberal policy. The crafting of the language is eerie.

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My eyes are opened...

I learned so much more than I was expecting to. I am inspired to do more research.

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Incredibly Revealing

As a Vietnam veteran I was educated as to "why we fought". Certainly not for reasons we were told. Chomsky's diverse knowledge reveals something for everyone.

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well there you go

Dude knows how to really open your eyes and really get you to look at events and tragedies in a different way. Really wish I knew about him before now!

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Be my teacher!

I love Noam Chomsky’s mind. I have learned so much in one listening, and I know that many more listenings will follow. I want to read everything he cites, as well. I especially love what he has to say about competition, since we are of one mind on this subject — as we are on just about everything else! I wish we two could sit down for an in-depth discussion about testing; I’ve long thought about the best and worst reasons to be tested, and I absolutely know that he will enjoy my point of view.

Brian Jones does an excellent job of narration. At times, I thought I was listening to Professor Chomsky himself!

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Superb

If ignorance ain't your thing. If you're not afraid to feel some shame. Chomsky is for you! Want to obliterate any sense that the ruling class is on your side? Chomsky! Haza and hooray!

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Worth the time

Another great piece of work, as you would expect from this absolute legend of a man.

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Just Another Great Book from Chomsky

Why do the US citizens keep pretending to be ignorant of the atrocities committed with their taxes throughout the World? It would be naive to think of everyone is just a brainwashed innocent citizen and victim of their government propaganda and the wealthy elite.

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excellent listen

the narrator kept me engaged with the tone of voice. Noam Chomsky always details his historical examples in a way where it's easy to digest and understand.