In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky examines the dangers and prospects of our early 21st century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future. Chomsky surveys the democratic wave in Latin America and the growing global solidarity movements that suggest “progress toward freedom and justice”.
Hopes and Prospects is essential listening for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race.
NOT ' - 'politics for dummies.'
It seems silly to “review” a book that is essentially a series of expanded lectures on American foreign and economic policy - especially since Chomsky is well-known and perhaps not likely to be picked up on a whim by some unsuspecting reader. Yet it is exactly for that reader that I feel compelled to say something. This book is a very dense work that assumes a certain degree of scholarship on the part of its readers, e.g. - you may find yourself, as I did, having to refresh your memory on such concepts as ‘economic liberalization’.
While I don’t necessarily agree with Chomskys’ P.O.V. on everything, his assessment of the effects, if not the intent of American foreign and economic policy is clear, thought-provoking and accurate. The book is a wake-up call to complacency and tolerance of a status quo that is stacked against the hope of achieving even the most basic of universal human ideals.
This is one of the best-read audiobooks I’ve ever heard. Just perfect for the material.
It’s a great book, I highly recommend it - you’ll be a wiser person for having read and struggled with it.