Author(s): Kelly Nyks
Requiem for the American Dream is a work of some 70,000 words based on four years of interviews with Noam Chomsky on the subject of income equality. Chomsky considers these to be his final, long-form documentary interviews. It is a book that makes Chomsky's breadth and depth accessible, and at the same gives us his most powerful political ideas with unprecedented, directness. It will go down as one of his greatest and most lasting contributions. To be released in tandem with the film of the same name that was recently released in selected cinemas to rave reviews.
"Noam Chomsky in Requiem for the American Dream directs the fierce light of his intellect on the utopia 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. It is a tool to carry out the largest transfer of wealth upwards in American history while imposing wage and benefit reductions and impoverishing workers. It destroys democratic institutions. It uses trade agreements to carry out tax boycotts and run sweatshops overseas. It breeds proto-fascist movements at home and abroad. 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, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt
NOAM CHOMSKY was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1928. He studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1955 he received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Chomsky has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently Institute Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, for the past 50 years. His work is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. Chomsky is the author of numerous best-selling political works, which have been translated into scores of languages worldwide. Among his most recent books are Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Hopes and Prospects, and Masters of Mankind. Haymarket Books recently released twelve of his classic works in new editions. His latest books are What Kind of Creatures Are We? and Who Rules the World?