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Culture of Terrorism

Culture of Terrorism

by Noam Chomsky

Series: Chomsky Perspectives

Dissects the events of 1986 at the height of the Reagan Era and describes American involvement in acts of supreme state terror.
Chomsky ends his preface to Culture of Terrorism with the words, 'As the latest inheritors of a grim tradition, we should at least have the integrity to look in the mirror without evasion'. The tradition to which he is referring is none other than the Western imperial project and in encouraging Americans to pursue integrity, he dissects the events of just one year - 1986 - at the height of the Reagan Era and describes American involvement in acts of supreme state terror, both open and clandestine, to present a case study which has great relevance today and whose lessons must never be forgotten.

Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in history and has profoundly shaped contemporary understanding of American politics. An ally of anarcho-syndicalists the world over, he has authored numerous books on linguistics, history and politics. He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.

'Infused with the anger of a truly moral man ... powerful, always provocative stuff.' - Guardian
Preface to the 2015 Edition
Introduction: The Public and State Violence
Part I: The Scandals of 1986
1. The Challenge
2. The Cultural-Historical Context  
3. The Problems of Clandestine Terrorism
4. The Limits of Scandal
5. The Culture of Terrorism
6. Damage Control
7. The Perils of Diplomacy
8. The Reality That Must be Effaced: Iran and Nicaragua
Part II: Further Successes of the Reagan Administration
9. Accelerating the Race toward Destruction
10. Controlling 'Enemy Territory'
11. Freedom of Expression in the Free World
Part III: The Current Agenda
12. The Threat of a Good Example
13. The Fledgling Democracies
14. Restoring Regional Standards
15. Standards for Ourselves
16. Prospects
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2015
Paperback ISBN: 9780745335438
eBook ISBN: 9781783712410

129mm x 198mm