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On Language, Democracy, and Social Justice

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


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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by Peter McLaren

Noam Chomsky is widely held to be one of the twentieth century’s greatest luminaries. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other contemporary figure, epitomizes the ideal of social justice. He is considered to be among history’s most influential and impassioned critics of U.S. foreign policy and an outspoken opponent of the abuses of authority. Few scholar-activists have exposed with such nuanced singularity the contradictions and limitations of liberal democracy and its culture of diminishing expectations of what it means to be human. A diversely talented polymath, Chomsky is a seminal figure in linguistics but is held in equally high regard for his scathing attacks on war, imperialism, and the illegitimate use of political authority. Aside from Bertrand Russell, no contemporary scholar has stepped as far outside of political convention and displayed such contempt for society’s most powerful factions and institutions and the political orthodoxies that sustain them—and achieved international renown within his own lifetime for his forays into polemics—as Noam Chomsky. His knowledge of political history and geopolitics is without precedent, and his book with Edward Herman, Manufacturing Consent is considered a paradigm of political criticism. Deploying a staggering knowledge of history that he can recall effortlessly, even at the age of 84, Chomsky has vigorously debunked the strategies and tactics of the world’s greatest terrorist states, including the United States. Of course, one of the primary means by which the U.S. security state can manufacture consent is through...

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