Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order

Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order

Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order

Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order

Synopsis

In this wide-ranging intellectual tour de force, Noam Chomsky brings together his thoughts on topics ranging from language and human nature to the Israeli-PLO accords and the place of East Timor in the New World Order. This is the first collection of his essays in recent years to address questions of philosophy, ethics, and foreign policy, and includes Chomsky's first published remarks specifically on his political goals and visions. A must read for anyone interested in Chomsky's work.

Excerpt

Professor Noam Chomsky is not a single issue activist. His range of influence transcends the boundaries of campaigns for social justice and self-determination, the field in which the East Timorese have been forced by war to learn and to become specialists.

It was with great honour that a small team embraced the gigantic role of coordinating the visit of Professor Chomsky to Australia in January 1995. Gigantic, not only because it was the first visit to Australia from a man with the stature of Professor Chomsky, but also because of the timing of the visit itself--it took place in the usual period of 'summer holidays' of the mainstream Australian media. It also coincided with the visits of Pope John Paul ii and the visit of the Microsoft tycoon, Bill Gates--you could say Chomsky completed the trinity.

The consolation for us was that, at an early stage, it was clear that the focus of Professor Chomsky's visit to Australia was to be the issue of East Timor. It was therefore a litmus test for the support the Australian people have been lending to the 20-year- old struggle of the Timorese people to conquer their piece of freedom.

Having a controversial person like Noam Chomsky in Australia associated with yet another controversial issue such as East Timor, no one could foresee exactly how everything was going to play out. There were many people speculating about possible outcomes, but a clear picture was far off from even the most experienced organisers of public events. However, noone could have predicted the enormous response to his visit.

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