Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy by Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian

In this collection of freewheeling interviews covering a wide range of topical issues, the outspoken and egregious Noam Chomsky holds forth in his inimitable style that brooks no prisoners. Whether it be the divisive politics of Donald Trump, or the re-settlement issue that has become a thorn in the flesh governing Israel – Palestine relations, Chomsky never shies away from calling a spade a spade. What makes the book even more interesting is a reference to Chomsky’s personal life that makes him reminisce about times nostalgic. From going to to see a baseball game with a teacher on whom every single boy in his class had an impossible crush, to copying an assignment from an encyclopedia, all make for some stirring reading.

Chomsky has been an uncrowned but universally acknowledged “conscience keeper” of our Planet. From Climate Change to Nuclear stockpiles, his has been a voice of dissent, reason and change. It has also been a voice that has led to measurable actions, both overt and implicit. In ‘Global Discontents’ that voices resonates unimpeded and undeterred.

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