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The responsibility of intellectuals

Chomsky, Noam,, Chomsky, Noam. Responsibility of intellectuals, redux.,
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As a nineteen-year-old undergraduate in 1947, Noam Chomsky was deeply affected by articles about the responsibility of intellectuals written by Dwight Macdonald, an editor of Partisan Review and then of Politics. Twenty years later, as the Vietnam War was escalating, Chomsky turned to the question himself, noting that "intellectuals are in a position to expose the lies of governments" and to analyze their "often hidden intentions." Originally published in the New York Review of Books, Chomsky’s essay eviscerated the "hypocritical moralism of the past" (such as when Woodrow Wilson set out to teach Latin Americans "the art of good government") and exposed the shameful policies in Vietnam and the role of intellectuals in justifying it. Also included in this volume is the brilliant The Responsibility of Intellectuals Redux, written on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, which makes the case for using privilege to challenge the state. As relevant in 2017 as it was in 1967, The Responsibility of Intellectuals reminds us that "privilege yields opportunity and opportunity confers responsibilities." All of us have choices, even in desperate times.

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Lyons Public Library 973.91 CHO (Text)
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  • ISBN: 9781620973431
  • ISBN: 162097343X
  • Physical Description: vii, 143 pages ; 19 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2017.

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General Note:
Originally published as a special supplement by The New York Review of Books on the 23 February 1967. Includes second essay: The responsibility of intellectuals, redux.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-142).
Formatted Contents Note:
The responsibility of intellectuals -- The responsibility of intellectuals, redux : using privilege to challenge the state.
Summary, etc.:
As a nineteen-year-old undergraduate in 1947, Noam Chomsky was deeply affected by articles about the responsibility of intellectuals written by Dwight Macdonald, an editor of Partisan Review and then of Politics. Twenty years later, as the Vietnam War was escalating, Chomsky turned to the question himself, noting that "intellectuals are in a position to expose the lies of governments" and to analyze their "often hidden intentions." Originally published in the New York Review of Books, Chomsky’s essay eviscerated the "hypocritical moralism of the past" (such as when Woodrow Wilson set out to teach Latin Americans "the art of good government") and exposed the shameful policies in Vietnam and the role of intellectuals in justifying it. Also included in this volume is the brilliant The Responsibility of Intellectuals Redux, written on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, which makes the case for using privilege to challenge the state. As relevant in 2017 as it was in 1967, The Responsibility of Intellectuals reminds us that "privilege yields opportunity and opportunity confers responsibilities." All of us have choices, even in desperate times.
Subject: Intellectuals > United States.
Political ethics > United States.
United States > Intellectual life > 20th century.
United States > Intellectual life > 21st century.


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