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On Power and Ideology

On Power and Ideology

The Managua Lectures

by Noam Chomsky

Series: Chomsky Perspectives

Chomsky's combative lectures from Nicaragua during the Cold War period, given at the height of his intellectual prowess.
In the late 1980s, in the midst of Reagan's interventions in Central America, Chomsky travelled to Nicaragua and gave the lectures that became On Power and Ideology.

The lectures provide a master class in foreign policy analysis from an intellectual at the height of his powers, covering everything from the US domestic basis of its overseas actions, to the pernicious concept of 'National Security' and its destabilising effect, to the broad framework of global imperial order which the United States seeks to maintain. A defining moment in the Cold War meets a defining moment in the career of one of its most important critics.

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.

Preface to the 2015 Edition
Lecture 1: The Overall Framework of Order
Lecture 2: Containing Internal Aggression
Lecture 3: Our Little Region Over Here
Lecture 4: National Security Policy
Lecture 5: The Domestic Scene
Bibliographical Notes
Published by Pluto Press in Mar 2015
Paperback ISBN: 9780745335445
eBook ISBN: 9781783712441

208 pages

129mm x 198mm