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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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2 Noam Chomsky and the Linguistic, Political, and Activist World: A Critical Analysis


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Noam Chomsky and the Linguistic, Political, and Activist World

A Critical Analysis

Every century has witnessed the birth and emergence of a few world-transcending intellectuals, and Noam Chomsky in the twentieth century was no exception. Chomsky is a uniquely talented intellectual who has profoundly transformed the global political landscape and the academic fields of linguistics and philosophy. He is one of the world’s most respected dissident intellectuals and linguists. Noam Chomsky has influenced and transformed many minds and hearts with his scholarly and activist work. He has been interviewed and appeared in countless documentaries, where he has offered, among other things, a distinctive, dissenting voice regarding U.S. foreign policy toward the rest of the world, particularly the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Worldwide, Noam Chomsky is one of the leading intellectuals in the fields of linguistics, philosophy, and U.S. foreign policy, among others (Barsky, 1997, 2007; Peck, 1987; Smith, 2004). Science Citation Index includes 1,619 citations to Chomsky from 1974 to 1992, and one can only imagine how many more times he has been cited since then. One may disagree with Chomsky’s views on many controversial issues, such as the Palestinian and Israeli conflict and U.S. foreign policy. However, he is one of the few dissident intellectuals who has consistently taken an unshakable position about this conflict, who has critically unveiled corporate propaganda and lies about his own country, and who has spoken up against...

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