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Item description for The Imperial Presidency (AK Press Audio) by Noam Chomsky...

AK Press Audio is proud to present Chomsky versus the commander in chief. This is not another cataloging of the offenses and blunders committed by George W. Bush, but a lively chronicle of the systematic power plays that have been either ignored or downplayed in the media for the past four years. World public opinion-what The New York Times has dubbed "the second superpower"-has helped curb much of the "imperial sovereignty" being carved out by the Bush administration, but the full scope of their plans has, until now, not been explored.

Among the revelations analyzed, Chomsky discusses the Justice Department's recommendation that the United States rescind the Geneva Conventions in order to reduce the threat of the United States being convicted under the War Crimes Act of 1996. Under the act, Bush himself could be put to death for grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions under his watch. Furthermore, the National Security Strategy of 2002 introduced the active use of "anticipatory self-defense" and, by design, undermined the UN Charter and international law.

Never one to dwell too long on the negative, Chomsky digs into the elections of 2005, "concocted by the PR Industry," and shows that Bush's power base is anything but solid. Choosing between candidates in 2004 was comparable to choosing a toothpaste. Across a wide spectrum of public opinion, a considerable majority of Americans support primary health care, increased environmental protection (including the signing of the Kyoto protocols), increased education spending, and allowing the United Nations to take the lead in international affairs. This is hardly the public from which Bush claims to have received his "mandate."

Noam Chomsky is the world's foremost social critic, father of the modern science of linguistics, and author of over 90 books and nine AK Press Audio CDs.

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Pages   70
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.4" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   AK Press
ISBN  1904859437  
ISBN13  9781904859437  

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More About Noam Chomsky

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! NOAM CHOMSKY is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States. A professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

Noam Chomsky currently resides in Lexington, in the state of Massachusetts. Noam Chomsky was born in 1928 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Techn.

Noam Chomsky has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Empire Project
  2. City Lights Open Media
  3. Columbia Themes in Philosophy

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Noam is a self described Libertarian Socialist - Whats That  Sep 22, 2006
Libertarian socialism includes a group of political philosophies that aims to create a society without political, economic or social hierarchies - a society within which individuals freely co-operate together as equals. This would be achieved through the abolition of private property, thereby restoring direct control of the means of production and resources to the working class and other unpropertied classes. Additionally, its advocates have also expressed the notion that libertarian socialism is a tendency of thought that informs the identification, criticism and practical dismantling of illegitimate authority in all aspects of social life. Accordingly they believe that "the exercise of power in any institutionalised form -- whether economic, political or sexual -- brutalises both the wielder of power and the one over whom it is exercised." [1]

Critically important listening for anyone concerned with the current direction of American federal policy   Dec 14, 2005
"The Imperial Presidency: Sovereignty,Terror, And The Second Superpower" by linguist, academician, and political analyst Noam Chomsky is now available as a 64-minute CD audio recording. Taped on November 2004, just after the reelection of George W. Bush, Chomsky accurately pinpoints the principle commitments of the current Bush administration. Acting in the name of expanding markets and controlling access to key natural resources, the Bush administration's "neo-cons" have blatantly been undermining democratic practices, exhibited contempt for international law, systematically restricted civil liberties, and utilized the state terrorism to further their foreign poicy objectives. "The Imperial Presidency" offers a lively chronicle of the systematic power-plays by Bush and his cronies to effectively wrench power from ordinary people and in doing so, has made the world an increasingly unstable and hostile place to inhabit for Americans and for everyone else in the world. "The Imperial Power" is critically important listening for anyone concerned with the current direction of American federal policy and White House machinations on both the domestic and the international stages.

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