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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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5 Neoliberalism: The Rich Over the Poor


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Neoliberalism: The Rich Over the Poor

Noam Chomsky and Pierre Orelus in Dialogue

Context of Dialogue

In this dialogue, Noam Chomsky paints for us the dark side of the Western neoliberal and imperialist agenda and its impact on impoverished countries such as India and Haiti. Challenging the notion that neoliberalism has emerged simultaneously from the West and developing countries, Chomsky maintains that the elite in Third World countries may have welcomed the Western neoliberal agenda, because such an agenda works for them. However, they are not major players, and the poor in these countries have suffered the most from the implementation of neoliberal economic policy. Refusing to use a language of complete despair to talk about the desperate economic situation many developing countries have found themselves in as a result of Western neoliberal and imperial foreign policies, Professor Chomsky states that ordinary people could use their agency to organize and stand up against the madness and greed of those who have oppressed them, and demand real socioeconomic and political changes designed to ameliorate their plight. Equally important, Chomsky contends that neoliberal policy has also affected the poor in Western countries, including the United States, which has a high rate of unemployment, is in debt, and has a health care system that does not work for the poor.

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