I've already started a link specific to Noam Chomsky at BookTalk, and you can explore it here
It should give you plenty of food for thought as you begin to expose yourself to one of America's true treasures and finest minds.
If there is one book I would encourage you start with, it should be UNDERSTANDING POWER THE INDISPENSABLE CHOMSKY
Edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel. This is a collection of seminar conversations, Q&A sessions conducted during the 80s and 90s where Chomsky informally adresses topics from higher education, linguistics, politcs, foreign policy, American and World history, fascism, religious fundamentalism, environmentalism, terrorism, propaganda and the media, to name a few of the key ingredients.
Chomsky's balls speak for themselves: as an ardent critic of American militarism abroad, economic injustices at home, and the general will of states and power to abuse its priviledges and status...he has faced arrest, assault, threats upon his life and family, and the near total blackout of his political work (which covers scores of books, thousands of letters and interviews, and hundreds of talks before tens of thousands of listeners for almost 40 years) from mainstream press and television.
The Chomskian moral imperative is clear: we are responsible for those things we can change, and those things we can change we must confront...as a member of one of the elite priviledged class of Americans, Chomsky has focused his civic efforts on exposing where his tax dollars and his aquiescence have led to injustice and misery in the world.
I'm not clear how this adds up to a 'lack of balls'. Edited by: Dissident Heart at: 8/7/04 11:33 pm