Because We Say So

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City Lights Books, 2015 - PHILOSOPHY - 199 pages

Chomsky is a global phenomenon . . . perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet.--New York Times Book Review

Unwavering political contrarian Noam Chomsky smart-bombs the US military's global Interventions. Shock and awe!--Vanity Fair

Because We Say So presents more than thirty concise, forceful commentaries on US politics and global power. Written between 2011 and 2015, Noam Chomsky's arguments forge a persuasive counter-narrative to official accounts of US politics and policies during global crisis. Find here classic Chomsky on the increasing urgency of climate change, the ongoing impact of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing, nuclear politics, cyberwar, terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, and the Middle East, security and state power, as well as deeper reflections on the Obama doctrine, political philosophy, the Magna Carta, and the importance of a commons to democracy.

Because We Say So is the third in a series of books by Chomsky published by City Lights Publishers that includes Making the Future (2012) and Interventions (2007), a book banned by US military censors. Taken together, the three books present a complete collection of the articles Chomsky writes regularly for the New York Times Syndicate, and are largely ignored by newspapers in the United States. Because We Say So offers fierce, accessible, timely, gloves-off political writing by America's foremost public intellectual and political dissident.

Noam Chomsky is one of the world's most well-known critics of US policy. He has published numerous groundbreaking and best-selling books on global politics, history, and linguistics.

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User Review  - bartt95 - LibraryThing

Concise and very ideologically charged. It's refreshing to read a well-informed leftist critique of U.S. foreign policy, instead of the standard, uninformed cop-out critique of international conflict ... Read full review

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Whatever the world may think, U.S. actions are legitimate because we say so. The principle was enunciated by the eminent statesman Dean Acheson in 1962, when he instructed the American Society of ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his groundbreaking work in linguistics and for his relentless advocacy for democracy, freedom and self-determination. He is author of dozens of books, many of which have become international best sellers. He is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs, and writes a monthly column for The New York Times Syndicate which is the basis for a series of books published in the Open Media Series by City Lights books: Interventions, Making the Future, and Because We Say So.