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For Reasons of Stateby Noam Chomsky
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Chomsky's major works now reissued by The New Press. An essential record of Chomsky's political and social thought as it was sharpened during the upheavals in domestic and international affairs of the early 1970s, For Reasons of State includes articles on the war in Vietnam and the "wider war" in Laos and Cambodia, an extensive dissection of the Pentagon Papers, reflections on the role of force in international affairs, essays on civil disobedience and the use of the university, and a now-classic introduction to anarchism. These essays reveal very different facets of Chomsky's power as a thinker, from his uncanny ability to join abstract philosophical considerations with the concrete political realities of his time, to his singular capacity to mount withering, fact-based critiques of American foreign policy. Following the recent release of American Power and the New Mandarins, For Reasons of State is a major addition to the intellectual history of the Vietnam era.
"Like his earlier volumes, this one will no doubt attract the full measure of admiration and scorn reserved for the intense polemicist." Library Journal
This classic collection of Chomsky essays demonstrates his power as a political thinker. In his biting critiques of American foreign policy, the collection showcases Chomsky's ability to join broader philosophical concerns with the political realities of his time.
With essays revealing different facets of Chomsky's power as a thinker, this collection of his major works is now reissued by The New Press.
About the Author
Noam Chomsky is Professor of Linguistics at MIT, a world-renowned linguist and political activist, and the author of numerous books, including On Language, American Power and the New Mandarins, and the collection Understanding Power (all from The New Press).
Arundhati Roy (foreword) lives in New Delhi. She is the author of The God of Small Things and Power Politics (South End Press).
Table of Contents
The backroom boys — The wider war — The rule of force in international affairs — Indochina: the next phase — On the limits of civil disobedience — The function of the university in a time of crisis — Psychology and ideology — Notes on anarchism — Language and freedom.
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