Perceptive analysis of American foreign policy and propaganda
Noam Chomsky is one of the best sources I've found for intelligent and perceptive opinions aimed at American foreign policy. I can't describe him very well. He's not a pundit or any sort of mass media figure and he refuses to be marketed or dumbed down or coached to have a more animated and soundbite-friendly way of entertaining audiences through the media. His methods don't lend themselves to being interviewed on CNN or even the PBS Newshour. (He does appear for focused, in-depth interviews such as here on the Charlie Rose Showaudio available here.) So you aren't likely to come across Chomsky during daily media consumption.
Chomsky is deeply suspicious of power structures (e.g. governments and corporations) who inevitably act in their own interests, and he calls himself an anarcho-syndicalist. He believes in the principle of moral universality: that we apply to ourselves the same standards we do to others, and more stringent ones if we are serious. He is a leading voice for peace and social justice.
The excellent documentary Manufacturing Consent (DVD via Amazon, or watch for free on Hulu) gives a detailed profile of Chomsky. There are two common outcomes for those who watch it: you'll either have a revelation and find you now understand how the world works, or fall asleep. After watching it a second time, here is my Cliff Notes outline of Manufacturing Consent's main points:
I highly recommend this excellent lecture as a good example of Chomsky:
For more information, check out any interviews with him you can find, and the following resources:
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