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Who Rules the World?

Noam Chomsky

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Renowned academic and political activist Noam Chomsky examines the ways in which the U.S. still sets the terms of global discourse, often favoring military gain over the greater good.

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Who Rules the World?

Who Rules the World?

by Noam Chomsky

Overview

Noam Chomsky, author of numerous bestselling political works, is a frequent critic of the U.S. and the disproportionate influence that corporations and the socio-economic upper class have on its policies. A professor emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics.

Who Rules The World? is a collection of essays that explore American domestic and foreign policy, with an emphasis on the military transgressions committed by the U.S. government. The book also explores the U.S.'s apparent ignorance in the face of existential threats like nuclear war or global warming.

With so many important players on the global political stage, it would be just as relevant to ask, 'What values rule the world?', a question that Chomsky explores at length.

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As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, and diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.

- Noam Chomsky

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