Making the Future
"Unwavering political contrarian Noam Chomsky smart-bombs the U.S. military's global "Interventions" (City Lights). Shock and awe!"--"Vanity Fair"
"Making the Future" presents more than thirty concise and persuasively argued commentaries on US politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2010. Noam Chomsky takes on a wide range of hot-button issues, including the ongoing financial crisis, Obama's presidency, the legacy of George Bush, the limits of the two-party system, the long-term consequences of financial deregulation, the threat posed by nuclear Iran, the war in Afghanistan, oil, Israel-Palestine, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia, Mexico, corporate power, and the future of American politics. Laced throughout his critiques are expressions of commitment to democracy and the power of popular struggles. "Progressive legislation and social welfare," writes Chomsky, "have been won by popular struggles, not gifts from above. Those struggles follow a cycle of success and setback. They must be waged every day, not just once every four years, always with the goal of creating a genuinely responsive democratic society, from the voting booth to the workplace."
"Making the Future" is a follow-up to "Interventions," published by City Lights Publishers in 2007 and banned from Guantanamo Bay by US military censors. Both books are drawn from articles Chomsky has been writing for the New York Times Syndicate, but which have only rarely been published by major media in the United States. "Making the Future" offers fierce, accessible, timely, gloves-off political writing by one of America's foremost intellectual and political dissidents.