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Objectivity and Liberal Scholarshipby Noam Chomsky
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Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship is Chomsky’s powerful indictment of a liberal intelligentsia that provided self-serving arguments for war in Vietnam, legitimizing U.S. commitment to autocratic rule, to intervention in Asia and, ultimately, the “pacification” of millions. Over thirty years after their first printing, these are prophetic words, as today America effects “regime change” in Iraq and an increasingly boisterous militarism around the globe. Included here is Chomsky’s classic counter-analysis of the Spanish Civil War as a revolutionary war from below, as he lays bare the hostility of even liberal scholarly elites to engage in mass movements and social change, revealing not objectivity, but its opposite—the use of ideology to mask self-interest and obeisance to power. Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship is a crucial signpost of Chomsky’s searing contribution to our age, and an indispensable lens through which to consider mainstream punditry today.
This is the fourth in a series of Chomsky’s classic political books reissued by The New Press. The others are American Power and the New Mandarins, For Reasons of State, and Problems of Knowledge and Freedom.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 101-131).
This classic analysis is Chomsky's powerful indictment of a liberal intelligentsia that provided self-serving arguments for war in Vietnam--legitimizing United States commitment to autocratic rule and intervention in Asia as the tasks of "pacification theory."
About the Author
Noam Chomsky is the Institute Professor and a professor of linguistics, emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A world-renowned linguist and political activist, he is the author of numerous books, including On
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