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By Smelly Ian on 06-04-07
A must-have in your listening library
Noam Chomsky has important things to say about world affairs, the American government's role in them, in particular. His books, though well-researched and informative, can be a bit overwhelming to a lot of readers, myself included. This series of interviews with David Barsamian, an obvious admirer of Chomsky's, is a great introduction to what Chomsky has to say and what citizens need to do to improve the world we live in. Excluding the first interview, which is done over the phone, the sound quality is very good to excellent.
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By S on 12-01-05
I Must Be A Crying, Anti-American, Groupie
The three negative reviews state that Chomsky: 1) "cries" and "bashes" the "civilzed world," "thinks he's cool," and has "hordes of mindless, gullible groupies;" 2) "drones about 'America- the real enemy;" and 3) is an "idiot" and "danger to the civilized world." A mirror image of these people on the left would say they are Right-Wing, Ultra-nationalistic, likely relgious, gun-toting fundamentalists, anti-gay, anti-choice and blindly patriotic.
I, on the other hand, would just like to point out the kind of vocabulary used by these reviewers compaared to the others who say it was a "great book" because Chomsky "says it as it is." Instead of bashing the Right Wing and the evangelists, these reviewers present clear and logical thoughts of why it is a good book. The others point to 'hordes, idiots, crying, groupies and a repetitive "danger to the civlized world."
Personally, one of the things I liked about the book is that the questions were good and the answers were better. And it was not read, but live. I have listened to this book twice already - because the information is important and I don't have a memory like Chomsky's. His thoughts and resources are truly unique- gathering and presenting information that is hard to come by in this day and age.
Now ask yourself: would the world be better off if everyone was like him and the reviewers that thought about what they wrote or would the world be better off if we were all like the others who call names and refer to themselves as civilized in the process?
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