On Power and Ideology

Written by on February 17, 2021

The renowned activist’s lectures on Cold War foreign policy delivered in Nicaragua during the US-backed war against the Sandinista government.
 
One of Noam Chomsky’s most accessible books, On Power and Ideology is a product of his 1986 visit to Managua, Nicaragua, for a lecture series at Universidad Centroamericana. Delivered at the height of US involvement in the Nicaraguan civil war, this succinct series of lectures lays out the parameters of Noam Chomsky’s foreign policy analysis.
 
The book consists of five lectures on US international and security policy. The first two lectures examine the persistent and largely homogenous features of US foreign policy, and overall framework of order. The third discusses Central America and its foreign policy pattern. The fourth looks at US national security and the arms race. And the fifth examines US domestic policy.
 
These five talks, conveyed directly to the people bearing the brunt of devastating US foreign policy, make historic and exciting reading.

By Noam Chomsky

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