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Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (2003)

Linguist, intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of world events including the War in Iraq, September 11th, the War on Terror, Media Manipulation and ... See full summary »

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Linguist, intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of world events including the War in Iraq, September 11th, the War on Terror, Media Manipulation and Control, Social Activism, Fear, and American Foreign Policy in both large forums and in small interactive discussions with other intellectuals, activists, fans, students and critics. Interwoven, is Dr. Carol Chomsky, Noam's wife and manager who reflects on what drives Noam and what life is like with him. Other candid reflections about Noam Chomsky and his thoughts, work and influece are offerred by others throughout the film. Written by Steve Lawrence <telawrence@hotmail.com>

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Noam Chomsky: If you look through hundreds of years of history, the West has a virtual monopoly on violence. So, massive terror is the kind of thing we do to them, you know, they're not supposed to do it to us, uh, September 11th was the first break. It's the first time in hundreds of years that any Western country has suffered on home soil - the thing they do routinely everywhere else, you know? And in Israel it's sort of the same. Actually, it's pretty striking for me to see this. I had a, uh - after ...
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Great insight to a great writer
3 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Documentaries are the in thing these days it seems and I rented this film just based on the fact I wanted to hear what Noam Chomsky was up to these days given events of the last couple of years and the film did not disappoint. Chomsky's ability to look at a subject like the war in Iraq and explore the various causes and reasons our brave troops are over there is quite powerful. The film actually made me question a lot of what I hear and see on TV. I had no idea how devestating the UN Sanctions were on the actual people of Iraq, while the government was more or less unaffected because of the corruption there. I had no idea that National Public Radio was forced by Washington to cancel Chomsky's appearance on the radio for fear of what he might say and how controversial it would be. Chomsky tells this story in an amusing and insightful way which is what I really appreciated from this film. "Rebel Without A Pause" shows Chomsky as the bright, well-read intellectual we all know him to be, but it also gives us a sense of the charm, wit, and sarcasm that he holds back from the public (I guess because he's always talking about horrible things like war and poverty and globalization). If you want an interesting look "behind the man" this film will give it to you but will also give you tons of Chomsky post-911 so you can read his books or watch this film and get a good synthesis of the last few books he has written. The DVD extras are interesting as well.


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