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In his first major book on the subject of income inequality, Noam Chomsky skewers the fundamental tenets of neoliberalism and casts a clear, cold, patient eye on the economic facts of life. What are the ten principles of concentration of wealth and power at work in America today? They''re simple enough: reduce democracy, shape ideology, redesign the economy, shift the burden onto the poor and middle classes, attack the solidarity of the people, let special interests run the regulators, engineer election results, use fear and the power of the state to keep the rabble in line, manufacture consent, marginalize the population. In Requiem for the American Dream, Chomsky devotes a chapter to each of these ten principles, and adds readings from some of the core texts that have influenced his thinking to bolster his argument.

To create Requiem for the American Dream, Chomsky and his editors, the filmmakers Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott, spent countless hours together over the course of five years, from 2011 to 2016. After the release of the film version, Chomsky and the editors returned to the many hours of tape and transcript and created a document that included three times as much text as was used in the film. The book that has resulted is nonetheless arguably the most succinct and tightly woven of Chomsky''s long career, a beautiful vessel--including old-fashioned ligatures in the typeface--in which to carry Chomsky''s bold and uncompromising vision, his perspective on the economic reality and its impact on our political and moral well-being as a nation.

"During the Great Depression, which I''m old enough to remember, it was bad–much worse subjectively than today. But there was a sense that we''ll get out of this somehow, an expectation that things were going to get better . . ." —from Requiem for the American Dream

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"A primer in Chomsky’s analysis of the faults of the American political and economic system. Taking as its backbone the idea that ''a significant part of the American Dream is class mobility: You’re born poor, you work hard, you get rich,'' Chomsky systematically documents the many ways the system is rigged from top to bottom to ensure that corporations always win." —Bill Moyers

"Since Thomas Piketty’s  Capital in the 21st Century, income inequality has not been novel material for a book. Nevertheless, the latest book from famed activist and linguist Chomsky ( Who Rules the World?) seems fresher than almost any title on the subject in recent memory. The book, based on the documentary of the same name, is a compilation of interviews that the film’s directors conducted with Chomsky from 2011 to 2016. Chomsky observes the present-day United States with such lucid clarity that readers may feel they are viewing familiar terrain for the first time. He offers a ''10 Principle'' formula for how plutocratic interests operate (Principle No. 7 is ''Engineer Elections''; Principle No. 3 is ''Redesign the Economy''). Chomsky observes that much of what made the 1950s and ’60s the ''Golden Age'' of the U.S. economy was that, at the time, what was good for General Motors really was good for America: ''When the U.S. was primarily a manufacturing center, it had to be concerned with its own consumers.'' Chomsky also touches, fascinatingly, on subjects as diverse as ''the psychology of nagging'' (as employed by the advertising industry) and the disappearing sense of solidarity in our civic life. Chomsky and his collaborators have created a perceptive and revelatory examination of the forces driving America inequality." Publishers Weekly

"Noam Chomsky in  Requiem for the American Dream directs the fierce light of his intellect on the utopian ideology of neoliberalism, the absurd idea that markets should dictate all aspects of human society. He dissects the disastrous consequences of this ideology for our society, culture, and politics. He explains how corporations indoctrinated the public, academia, and the mass media to sign on for a project that has devastated the lives of working men and women and obliterated the common good. Every promise made by the proponents of neoliberalism is a lie. Its power to write its own laws and regulations, Chomsky points out, has ultimately created a mafia economic system and a mafia political system that is exemplified in the rise to power of the demagogue Donald Trump." —Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of  Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt

"While many books attempt to explain how we got to this political moment (some successfully), Noam Chomsky’s latest,  Requiem for the American Dream, provides necessary historical context. Zooming in on ten ways that government and corporate interests have kept the American people down, Chomsky offers a compelling history that explains today’s economic and political landscape. At 157 pages, it’s a short, beautifully put together book." Huffington Post

About the Author

Political philosopher, activist, and linguist NOAM CHOMSKY is beloved around the world for the strength of his personal commitment to the truth as he sees it and for the brilliance of his ideas. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1928, he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and received his PhD there in 1955. Chomsky has taught at MIT for fifty years and is currently Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. His linguistics work is widely credited with having revolutionized the field, and his political writings have made important contributions for decades. In 2001, he published 9-11, which became his first international bestseller and was arguably the single most influential post–9-11 book. Chomsky is the author of many other best-selling political works, including Profit Over People, Media Control, Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Hopes and Prospects, Masters of Mankind, What Kind of Creatures Are We?, and Who Rules the World?

PETER HUTCHISON is an NYC-based filmmaker, educator, and activist. His documentary work includes What Would Jesus Buy? with producing partner Morgan Spurlock; Split: A Divided America; Beyond Activism: Four Decades of Social Justice; and Awake Zion: Rasta, Reggae & Judaism. KELLY NYKS is an award-winning writer/director of documentary films and has worked across Europe, Asia, and America. His prior films include The Age of Consequences, Disobedience, Disruption, Do the Math, Split: A Divided America, and Split: A Deeper Divide. Award-winning writer, director, and producer JARED P. SCOTT''s other films include The Age of Consequences, Disruption, Do the Math, and The Artificial Leaf. His films have screened at Tribeca, Hot Docs, Sheffield, and IDFA, and have aired/streamed on Netflix, Starz, PBS, and Al Jazeera.

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Mal Warwick
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Explaining "income inequality" (really the concentration of wealth) without mumbo-jumbo
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2017
For decades, economic scholars have commented on the dangers inherent in the growing concentration of wealth in Western society. Though misleadingly referred to as “income inequality” in the new media, this critically important topic actively entered public debate in 2011... See more
For decades, economic scholars have commented on the dangers inherent in the growing concentration of wealth in Western society. Though misleadingly referred to as “income inequality” in the new media, this critically important topic actively entered public debate in 2011 with Occupy Wall Street. Nobel Prize-winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman and others added to the debate in the years that followed. Then, Senator Bernie Sanders flogged the issue at every opportunity in his presidential race in 2016, giving the issue further prominence. If there’s anyone alive and alert in America today who isn’t aware that the concentration of wealth is a growing problem for our society, I’d be surprised.

Few contemporary American observers have a clearer-headed understanding of the issue and its causes than Noam Chomsky. Chomsky, born in 1928, is widely regarded as the father of modern linguistics and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He’s also well known—some might say notorious—as an activist and social commentator. He has written dozens of books on the technical aspects of his academic work, and even more on politics. But his latest, Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power, is not a book he wrote.

Instead, the book was distilled from a 2015 film of the same name, a documentary patched together using interviews filmed over four years with Chomsky. Unlike the books he has written, most of which are slow going and many (the texts on linguistics, impenetrable), Requiem consists entirely of transcriptions from the spoken word. The style is conversational and uses only a bare minimum of jargon. It’s a quick read, and an enlightening one.

As Chomsky notes, “Power has become so concentrated that not only are the banks ‘too big to fail,’ but as one economist put it, they are also ‘too big to jail.''” Given our experience over the past decade, it would be difficult to argue with that. And anyone who closely follows events in American society today would say the same about this observation by Chomsky: “the rich and powerful, they don’t want a capitalist system. They want to be able to run to the ‘nanny state’ as soon as they’re in trouble, and get bailed out by the taxpayer.” If the American people fully understood how much tax money is funneled to corporations as subsidies, and how much the tax code has been distorted to favor them and their shareholders, they would storm Washington DC by the millions.

In Requiem, Chomsky presents ten “principles” that together explain how the massive concentration of wealth in America today has come about. (His analysis applies to other wealthy countries as well, but it fits the U.S. best.) His argument is best summed up as what he calls a vicious circle: “Concentration of wealth yields concentration of power, particularly so as the cost of elections skyrockets, which forces the political parties even more deeply into the pockets of major corporations.”

The 10 principles underlying this reality, as Chomsky sees them, are:

Reduce Democracy
Shape Ideology
Redesign the Economy
Shift the Burden
Attack Solidarity
Run the Regulators
Engineer Elections
Keep the Rabble in Line
Manufacture Consent
Marginalize the Population

I’ve never seen a more comprehensive or economical explanation of how wealth has come to be so concentrated in so few hands in the U.S. today. Most of these principles are self-evident at a glance. Only two may require explanation. Chomsky uses the word “solidarity” as a synonym for empathy, caring for others, or “concern for your fellow man,” to cite another archaic expression. His Principle #8, “Keep the Rabble in Line,” refers to the coordinated 45-year effort by Big Business and Right-Wing ideologues to destroy the labor movement.

The editors of Requiem—Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott—have interspersed short passages from other sources among the 10 Principles. The sources range over the centuries: from Aristotle and James Madison to Harry Truman and Martin Luther King Jr. These short excerpts from classic documents, speeches, press reports, and social commentaries add depth to the book’s presentation and enhance understanding of Chomsky’s message.

Chomsky’s views have often been regarded as extreme. Certainly, he is vilified by commentators and scholars on the Right. But if you read Requiem for the American Dream, I think you’ll find his reading of history is accurate, his logic is sound, and his view of America today is—sadly—right on target.
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Excellent book about the concentration of wealth and the impact it has on modern society.
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2017
Excellent read that should appeal to all reading levels and offer insight into how American has evolved into a two class society ruled by plutocrats. He details the evolution of business and markets and the role our government plays in allowing a powerful few to rule the... See more
Excellent read that should appeal to all reading levels and offer insight into how American has evolved into a two class society ruled by plutocrats. He details the evolution of business and markets and the role our government plays in allowing a powerful few to rule the masses.
America has gone from being a manufacturing economy with small finance sector to being a finance economy with a small manufacturing base. One thing that has always boggled my mind is how people constantly vote against their own interests, especially on the right, but also on the left as well. Well Noam explains it very eloquently. The parties are dominated by special interest and business lobbies shape policy and our political talking points.
Which brings me to another point which he outlines very well. The current Republican party would not have been a party at all in 1971. They would be off either party’s charts in 1971. An extremists group that wouldn’t have even make a blip on the political radar. Nixon policies on the other hand, were far left of the modern Democrat.
Today we have a majority of Democrats that consider themselves centrists but would have been Republicans in 1971 by most policies. Call them Reagan Democrats or Rockefeller Republicans, but it’s resulted in policy paralysis for the working and poor and accelerated the wealth of the masters of society and business.
Noam keeps the paragraphs short, tries not to use too many 5 cent words, and assembled a lot of great observations and information in 10 short paragraphs. I have yet to watch the movie, but the book cut straight to the heart of the matter. He doesn’t pull any punches and he offers the straight scoop on wealth concentration, social imbalance and the impacts it has on our society.
The positive thing I take from the book is that this is a political problem, which means there is a political solution. The majority of Americans agree on a lot of principal matters that would result in a lot more prosperous healthy lives for the most of society. When things get this far out of balance, historically the public has pressured the governments and businesses to make concessions such as in the New Deal. It''s up to us to organize and sustain grass roots pressure to shape policy.
We the people, can overcome the power of money but we need to act urgently and work together for grass roots change. Sustained pressure from a small but persistent and patient group of citizens. That’s what Noam emphasizes has resulted in the freedoms we have won in the past.
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ChrisD
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Not Radical - Right On
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2017
Clear summary of the fundamentals and history of the mechanisms enabling and sustaining concentration of power to the few with wealth. Included are excerpts of related writings supporting the topics from a variety of sources: Adam Smith, James Madison, Aristotle, Alan... See more
Clear summary of the fundamentals and history of the mechanisms enabling and sustaining concentration of power to the few with wealth.
Included are excerpts of related writings supporting the topics from a variety of sources: Adam Smith, James Madison, Aristotle, Alan Greenspan, Citigroup document, Standard and Poors research, John Dewey, etc. The related material gives you a hint that what Chomsky is writing about is not far fetched but grounded in a rich history of ideas about how the world should work.
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The American Dream is Dead: Long Live the American Dream!
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
At the outset, it is striking how different Noam Chomsky’s Requiem is from all the other books he has written. It is far more accessible than the academic fare he has accustomed us to. Chomsky has taught at MIT for fifty years and he is one of America’s foremost thinkers,... See more
At the outset, it is striking how different Noam Chomsky’s Requiem is from all the other books he has written. It is far more accessible than the academic fare he has accustomed us to. Chomsky has taught at MIT for fifty years and he is one of America’s foremost thinkers, the most famous voice of dissent on the left. He is also an innovative linguist, credited with revolutionizing the field and as a political philosopher, the author of several seminal books, notably "9/11: Was There an Alternative?" considered the most influential post 9/11 book both at home and abroad.

The reason for Requiem’s greater accessibility probably derives from the fact that it is, bottom line, a movie tie-in. Based on the documentary of the same name released in April 2015, it encapsulates and builds on the main ideas presented in the film.

Chomsky himself acknowledges that what probably makes Requiem so easy-to-read is that it has benefited from the editing work of the filmmakers involved, Peter Hutchinson, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott. In cutting the many hours of filmed discussions and interviews to reduce them to a one-hour-plus documentary, they have arrived at “10 principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power”, making Chomsky’s arguments more striking and easier to remember. And the book is whittled down to some 150 pages with plenty of graphics.

The “ten principles” are tactical tools used by the ultrarich to consolidate their power. Think of them as necessary steps in a concerted and highly effective strategy aimed at changing the economic and social environment of America. The book goes over the same ground as the film, but in far greater detail. What it loses in emotional power compared to the film, it gains in precision of depth and information: It goes deeper, that’s the difference between the image and the written word. Each “principle” is illustrated with references to historical facts and key articles that provide the relevant information, enough to leave the reader with an indelible impression of how the system “works” – how it is biased in favor of the wealthy. How it is corrosive on democracy. A must read.
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Concise & Eloquent Summary of the Class War Against Democracy
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2018
Here are the 10 principles that the rich have used to engineer the escalating inequality and misery of the last 40 years: ‘Reduce Democracy’, ‘Shape Ideology’, ‘Redesign the Economy’, ‘Shift the Burden’, ‘Attack Solidarity’, ‘Run the Regulators’, ‘Engineer Elections’, ‘Keep... See more
Here are the 10 principles that the rich have used to engineer the escalating inequality and misery of the last 40 years: ‘Reduce Democracy’, ‘Shape Ideology’, ‘Redesign the Economy’, ‘Shift the Burden’, ‘Attack Solidarity’, ‘Run the Regulators’, ‘Engineer Elections’, ‘Keep the Rabble in Line’, ‘Manufacture Consent’, ‘Marginalize the Population’. The book only expands on the excellent video, which is the best overview ever of our predicament. Chomsky offers no blueprint for redemption – it all depends on the skill and energy of our activism.. This quick read empowers us by showing how all the pieces fit together, so we can form and galvanize the alliances we’ll need for the counterattack. .

Here are a few notes. At the start Chomsky tells how James Madison designed the US Senate to protect the property of the wealthy from the rabble. But he says Madison could have followed Aristotle’s advice to instead distribute benefits to the working people, to make the society more equal [example: worker-owned cooperatives]. But even the “liberal internationalists” of the Trilateral Commission in the 1970s sought to curb the “excess of democracy” from the 1960s, according to Chomsky. Putting youth into the chains of debt slavery to repay college loans was one of their biggest achievements. Another was to subjugate the working class by placing them in direct competition with workers around the world, to make them insecure and poorly paid, to escalate the profits of trade to wealthy owners.

To top it off, major taxes were shifted off the wealthy and services cut for working people. Instead citizens could act out of solidarity to fund free universal health care and education through college, plus projects to benefit future generations and provide true full employment now. Instead of one set of rules for the rich (to make them richer), another for the poor (to keep them in line), big money in politics could be eliminated, returning the people to power. If I could add anything, it would be a more historical and global perspective.
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John P. Jones III
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A gloomy prognosis…
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2017
Noam Chomsky is a Professor Emeritus at MIT, where he has taught, in the field of linguistics, since 1955. He has been one of the leading influences in the field of cognitive science and linguistics. He has also been a lifelong social activist. He was an early critic of... See more
Noam Chomsky is a Professor Emeritus at MIT, where he has taught, in the field of linguistics, since 1955. He has been one of the leading influences in the field of cognitive science and linguistics. He has also been a lifelong social activist. He was an early critic of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. And very much to his credit, at the age of 88, he hasn’t “gone fishin,’” but rather remains an incisive social critic. I’ve only read one other work of his: Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media , which I reviewed six years ago. It is a sharp critique of the media, long before the expression “fake news” has become topical. One of the ten chapters in “Requiem” is largely derived from that book.

In “Requiem” Chomsky identifies ten “principles” by which the one tenth of one percent keep the rest of us hauling the stones to build the latest pyramids. It is, as the subtitle says, about the: “concentration of wealth and power.” I didn’t quite feel that “principle” is the right word; perhaps “aspects” would have been better, and there is a lot of overlap between the categories. I found absolutely nothing I disagreed with, but also felt there was a “cut and paste” simplistic character to this work, with only the bare highlights from previous works. Indeed, each chapter is composed of extensive quotes from other works, such as Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments .

Time and time again Chomsky will forthrightly state some aspect of our contemporary society that simply is “not of interest” (i.e., at some level, censored out) from our mainstream media. Naturally, they don’t bite the hand that feeds them, thus statements such as Chomsky’s: “If you’ve ever turned on your television set, you know that hundreds of millions of dollars are spent to try to create UNINFORMED consumers who make IRRATIONAL choices – that’s what advertising is,” never seemed to be developed as a CNN storyline. Capitalism? No such thing. We have a “nanny state” for the rich, whose egregious blunders are always forgiven with government bailouts. As Chomsky says, after the 2008 market meltdown, Nobel laurates in economics, such as Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman were not even approached as to possible reforms and solutions. Rather: “The people picked to fix the crisis were those who created it- the Robert Rubin crowd, the Goldman Sachs crowd. They created the crisis, and are now more powerful than before. Is that an accident?” Another scathing Chomsky statement that I agreed with: “I don’t usually agree with Sarah Palin, but when she mocks what she calls the ‘hopey changey stuff’ – she’s right. First of all, Obama really didn’t promise anything, that’s mostly illusion…Policy, more and more, is focused on the private interests that funds the campaigns – with the public being marginalized.”

Gloomy, indeed. I would have appreciated more incisive ideas on how that very small percentage of humans is able to get everyone else to go along with the program. And I would have appreciated more thoughts on how real “change” might occur. Warren Buffet recently proclaimed that in a hundred years the DOW would be at a million. And will the world’s population be at 60 billion? Seems like straight-line projections of current trends simply are not viable. Louis XVI would probably confirm, if he could, since a very sharp blade stopped him from seeing his 39th birthday. Unlikely it will be a sharp blade next time; perhaps a global pandemic, perhaps a nuclear bomb or two carried into a major metropolitan area… or something truly from “left field.” Gloomy, indeed. 4-stars for what may be a good man’s swan song.
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Chomsky''s elaboration of how we got to now and the ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2017
Chomsky''s elaboration of how we got to now and the techniques and strategies of the wealthy ruling elite is delivered in a succinct and easy-to-understand text. Essential reading for those trying to make real sense of the world today or looking for ways to take control back... See more
Chomsky''s elaboration of how we got to now and the techniques and strategies of the wealthy ruling elite is delivered in a succinct and easy-to-understand text. Essential reading for those trying to make real sense of the world today or looking for ways to take control back from the few and give a voice to the masses.
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A Chomsky Classic
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
In the same rubric of far left writings of Thomas Piketty, this book does a great prodigious job in describing inequality in the US and the concentration of power & politics with the 1% of the super rich American oligarchy. There are no anodynes in the book and all 10... See more
In the same rubric of far left writings of Thomas Piketty, this book does a great prodigious job in describing inequality in the US and the concentration of power & politics with the 1% of the super rich American oligarchy. There are no anodynes in the book and all 10 principles enumerated by Chomsky tackle key problems facing the US economically and politically to be liberated for a true democracy. A few key ideas I learned from this book is that the so called "democracy" of the US is based on the high degree of inequality contributed by James Madison at the founding of our country. To protect the interests of landowners and the wealthy, at the time of our founding of our country James Madison implemented a policy to increase inequality instead of decreasing it to found our current system of oligarchy. Chomsky quotes Aristotle''s book of politics that a different approach of decreasing inequality in creating a welfare state could have been used to protect the wealthy and landowners. If you decrease inequality by a welfare state of giving benefits, you have contentment of the 99% have nots of the population and therefore no reason to rebel against the wealthy 1%. Other key elements I took from this book are that anti-climate change policies may allow a small society to survive but when almost every country in our global society are based on our US based capitalist philosophy of maximum profits and all for yourself, we are surely headed for the ineluctable kismet of destruction. The section in the end on manufacturing consent is eye opening and enlightening on how our corporate power structures in our country use the PR industry to indoctrinate and propagandize us by brainwashing the population to always be searching for and buying something to satisfy and fill a void in our life (consumerism) instead of looking at what is wrong with society on the outside with so much power and wealth concentrated in 1% of our population in an oligarchy. Chomsky is taking this consent of the governed concept from the writings of David Hume but I personally have read about this concept from the writings of John Locke. Power only really resides in the mass of the people and not the ruler or group of rulers in a oligarchy. The people have only temporarily consented to give up their power to facilitate their daily lives for the convenience of governmental highways, mail communications and the use of a fiat backed currency to make their daily lives easier. This consent of the governed can always be taken away so that is why the ruling elite oligarchy has devised an ingenious way of using manufactured consent in the form of the PR industry as a propaganda tool (Chomsky calls this the propaganda model in other books) to keep the people occupied with material consumerism instead of focusing on the real issues at hand of changing our corrupt system to help us all. The dissimulation of the powerful wealthy make you question our political system and come to the realization that both political democrat and republican parties both represent the wealthy interests and use only social issues (abortion, illegal immigration, gun control...etc) to divide our population into an illusion that they are voting for change. Chomsky makes this point by looking askance at the Obama administration as a farce and joke. Chomsky mentions hope and change was a marketing gimmick used providently and expediently by Obama to win the US presidency. The final key concept I took from this work is the question does history make the man or does the individual man make history? Chomsky makes this cogent point by pointing out that key seminal events in history like the civil rights act, the march on Selma, and the anti-war protest were all due to the little actions done by people you have never heard of that created the seeds to germinate into these pivotal moments. So, does history make the man or does the man make history? Obviously, history makes the individual man. A good example would be what if Adolph Hitler were assassinated early in his political activism in the 1920''s? Would Germany chart a different course and there would be no WW2? No, because history makes the man because it was the sum total of actions collectively done by the German people that created the pivotal moment of WW2. You can say its a collective karma of actions done for years leading up to WW2. So even if Adolph Hitler was assassinated in the 1920''s, it wouldn''t have made a difference because Germany would still be charted on course towards WW2 but it would have someone else in the helm as the leader going to war (maybe Goring or Goebbels). The motifs, thoughts and concepts throughout this book are to be cogitated for current times especially since we have a far right extremist as Donald Trump, who is in the White House protecting corporate interests for the most part while ignoring the everyday individual in the midst of a pandemic.
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Paul Brown
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World facing the abyss
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 30, 2017
Interesting overview of where the world is economically, with the global crisis bringing us to the precipice and the rise of populism in response to widespread poverty and insecurity. There are additional short extracts from other authors, including Malcolm X and Martin...See more
Interesting overview of where the world is economically, with the global crisis bringing us to the precipice and the rise of populism in response to widespread poverty and insecurity. There are additional short extracts from other authors, including Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, but it is largely an account of how we got to the stage of totalitarian neoliberalism, and complete corporate oligarchy, with all of the attendant deprivation and exploitation.
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Read this book. Now. And give it to every high school student you know.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 15, 2017
An almost outline overview of the key developments that have brought us to where we are today in the US -- a prior democracy now ruled by corporate needs. I know this always sounds over the top to people who haven''t read much about this, but unfortunately a number of laws...See more
An almost outline overview of the key developments that have brought us to where we are today in the US -- a prior democracy now ruled by corporate needs. I know this always sounds over the top to people who haven''t read much about this, but unfortunately a number of laws and Supreme Court rulings have brought this about since WWII. Chomsky is a master and a true public servant. I think every American should read this, and I hope a version is created for elementary school students -- they need to learn the real history of the US, not the weird cartoon-version I was fed in public school a long time ago. My only quibble with this book are a couple of odd design and editorial quirks. In the paperback version they use a font with odd little ties between letters. It turns out they are called ''ligatures'' and they do pull at the eye! I found them quite annoying, and even tried to brush the first one off, thinking it was an eyelash or lint! The second thing, is that they chose to write ''gonna'' rather than ''going'' when in Chomsky''s voice, and I also found this distracting. This will likely become a classic, and real English is just nicer in a book like this. Chomsky is most definitely a star. Just not a rap star.
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A must read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2020
For anyone wishing to make sense of this chaotic world this book is a must read. It is very clearly written and provides clear evidence of why successive right wing governments have enabled the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer. Although his focus is on America,...See more
For anyone wishing to make sense of this chaotic world this book is a must read. It is very clearly written and provides clear evidence of why successive right wing governments have enabled the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer. Although his focus is on America, it would not take very long to see how Chomsky''s arguments equally apply to the UK.
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A fantastic read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2019
No acronyms or long words when a short one will do. Academically sound with some difficult concepts very clearly explained. If you want to know how the rich get richer and the poor stay poor read this book. No argument is put forward without clear examples supported by...See more
No acronyms or long words when a short one will do. Academically sound with some difficult concepts very clearly explained. If you want to know how the rich get richer and the poor stay poor read this book. No argument is put forward without clear examples supported by factual data.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2017
A must read! Chomsky, as usual, exposes the contradictions between US claims and reality.
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"While many books attempt to explain how we got to this political moment (some successfully), Noam Chomsky’s latest, Requiem for the American Dream, provides necessary historical context.  Zooming in on ten ways that government and corporate interests have kept the American people down, Chomsky offers a compelling history that explains today’s economic and political landscape. At 157 pages, it’s a short, beautifully put together book."—Huffington Post

"Noam Chomsky in Requiem for the American Dream directs the fierce light of his intellect on the utopian ideology of neoliberalism, the absurd idea that markets should dictate all aspects of human society. He dissects the disastrous consequences of this ideology for our society, culture, and politics. —Chris Hedges, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt

"A primer in Chomsky’s analysis of the faults of the American political and economic system. Taking as its backbone the idea that “a significant part of the American Dream is class mobility: You’re born poor, you work hard, you get rich,” Chomsky systematically documents the many ways the system is rigged from top to bottom to ensure that corporations always win." —Billmoyers.com

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Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

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Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

Requiem for the wholesale American Dream: The online sale 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power outlet sale

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