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Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002)

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This documentary compiles a series of Noam Chomsky's interviews and lectures that address the events of 9/11.

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Whether Noam Chomsky, the MIT linguist and political philosopher, is the most important intellectual alive, as the New York Times once famously called him, is open for debate. But without a doubt, Chomsky, now 73, is one of the most straight-talking and committed dissidents of our time. A steadfast critic of United States foreign policy for decades, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, his profile took a quantum leap as he provided much-needed analysis and historical perspective to concerned citizens throughout the world. In the months that followed, he gave dozens of talks on four continents, conducted scores of interviews, and wrote a book 9-11 that was published in 22 countries and became a surprise bestseller in many of them, including Japan. Chomsky's voice may be unpopular, but his incisive arguments, based on decades of research and analysis, are heard and considered in this chronicle comprised of interview footage, and various talks he's given. Chomsky ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Noam Chomsky: [beginning a speech] Let me check first to make sure you can hear me. Yes?
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insightful but boring
2 January 2003 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews



Noam Chomsky appears to be a very intelligent person, and this country would benefit if his message was widely spread. Power and Terror is only segments of about 4 speeches and interviews with Noam Chomsky. Attending a live discussion would have been more exciting.

Although I agree with almost everything Noam has to say, this documentary could have done a lot more to entertain us. Not to mention Mr. Chomsky speaks in a very soft and monotone voice. You may need to bring a pillow for this one.


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