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On Language, Democracy, and Social Justice

Noam Chomsky’s Critical Intervention- Foreword by Peter McLaren- Afterword by Pepi Leistyna

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Pierre W. Orelus and Noam Chomsky

Every century has witnessed the birth of a few world-transcending intellectuals as well as talented emerging scholars. Noam Chomsky and Pierre W. Orelus are no exception. Using dialogues exchanged over the course of nine years, combined with heartfelt critical essays, Chomsky and Orelus analytically examine social justice issues, such as unbalanced relationships between dominant and subjugated languages, democratic schooling, neoliberalism, colonization, and the harmful effect of Western globalization on developing countries, particularly on the poor living in those countries. On Language, Democracy, and Social Justice offers a unique perspective on these issues. Educators and scholar-activists interested in challenging the long-standing status quo to inspire transformative social, educational, and political change must read this book.

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Afterword: Passing the Torch (by Pepi Leistyna)

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Passing the Torch by Pepi Leistyna a F t e r w o r d “We are entering Israeli airspace, please fasten your seatbelt.” these are the words that come over the intercom from the flight attendant as you cross over into the Holy Land . It was my first trip to Israel and little did I realize that the seatbelt command would be both a warning and a metaphor as I was in for the ride of my life . I should have been prepared for this particular venture, given that over the past three decades my research and activist work in social justice at home and abroad has brought me face-to-face with some of the world’s worst human atroci- ties . Regardless of the injustice and suffering that I’ve witnessed over the years, this life that I’ve chosen and weathered and this path that I make as I go has also led to so many wonderful and often unexpected encounters; and along the way, I’ve been showered with intense beauty and the remarkable and unforgettable grace and dignity of people who regardless of their circumstances and hardships are giving and forgiving as they maintain an amazing and unyielding faith in the possibility of peace and justice in this world, and in dreams that can only be real- ized when the human heart acts in concert with others . I’ve studied the geopolitics of the Middle East and I have learned a tremen- dous amount about this complex region from Noam Chomsky who...

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