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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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Third World Countries Under Western Siege

Noam Chomsky and Pierre Orelus in Dialogue

Context of the Dialogue

The dialogue that follows took place on March 18, 2005, at Noam Chomsky’s office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While writing some essays on the impact of globalization, imperialism, and the legacy of colonization on Third World countries, including Haiti, I felt that, besides my lived experience with and information excerpted from books about these issues, it was imperative that I have insights from critical theorists who have a keen understanding of how colonization, globalization, and Western imperialism have negatively impacted these countries’ economic, political, and educational systems. To this end, I decided that I would interview Professor Chomsky who, throughout his scholarly and human rights activist work, has brilliantly unmasked the imperial and neocolonial actions of Western power against formerly colonized countries such as Haiti and India. Thanks to his intellectual generosity, Professor Chomsky agreed to share with me his insights on the colonial, neocolonial, and Western imperialist actions on Haiti and other Third World countries such as India and Nicaragua.

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