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  1. The Canadian Corporate Elite
    An Analysis of Economic Power

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1975
    An exhaustive study of the concentration and perpetuation of economic power in Canada.
  2. For Reasons of State
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    Essays in which Chomsky analyzes the role of the American state and discusses some of the ways in which individuals can respond to its growing power.
  3. The Great Class War
    1914-1918

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2016
    In this critical, revisionist account, historian Jacques Pauwels shows how the First World War was rooted in class strife that begin with the French Revolution in 1789 and continued long past the war itself. As Pauwels sees it, war seemed to offer major benefits to the European upper classes of the early twentieth century, who felt threatened by the seemingly irresistible process of democratization or, as they saw it, the "rise of the masses." War was expected to serve as an antidote to social revolution, causing workers to abandon socialism's focus on overthrowing the established order via internaitonal worker solidarity in favour of nationalism and militarism.
  4. Hegemony or Survival
    America's Quest for Global Dominance

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2004
    Chomsky documents how, for more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of dominating the globe.
  5. The Higher Circles
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1970
  6. How the aristocracy preserved their power
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    After democracy finally shunted aside hereditary lords, they found new means to protect their extravagant riches. For all the modern tales of noble poverty and leaking ancestral homes, their private wealth and influence remain phenomenal.
  7. How The Oligarchy Gets Politicized
    A Short History of Elite Responses To Political-Economic Crisis

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    The political activism of the elite is striking in times of crisis, when the latter takes the form either of severe economic contraction or of working-class militancy, or both.
  8. Manual for Revolutionary Leaders
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    A devious satire aimed at Leninists, Trotskyists, Maoists, and vanguardists of all stripes.
  9. Manufacturing Consent
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 1992
    A film about Noam Chomsky's ideas about the media, ideology, propaganda, and elite control of society's institutions.
  10. Necessary Illusions
    Thought Control in Democratic Societies

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1991
    An inquiry into the nature of the media and the role of intellectuals in "a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force, and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control."
  11. New World Order
    A postwar analysis

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1991
    Everyone is allowed to play the game, so long as it's according to the U.S. rules.
  12. On Power and Ideology
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1987
    Five lectures on U.S. international and security policy.
  13. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016
    Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appearance of democratic legitimacy for the profoundly undemocratic structures of the EU. The gambit turned out to be a spectacular miscalculation, as millions of people turned out to express their opposition to a state of affairs that is leaving the majority worse off while enriching a small minority. This issue of Other Voices looks at the Brexit referendum, elite loathing for democracy, and the related attempt to get rid of Labour's leftwing leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
  14. A Paradise Built in Hell
    The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2010
    The most startling thing about disasters, according to Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides.
  15. People's Aesthetics
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1995
    An essay on self-proclaimed "progressives" and their hypocritical defense of cultural hierarchies and consumption of popular or lower middle class culture for camp value. He opines that the distinction between craft and art is class based.
  16. Powers and Prospects
    Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1996
  17. The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1993
    a collection of short commentaries by Noam Chomsky on global issues, drawn from interviews in the early 1990s. Topics include global economics, racism, NAFTA, and hot topics of the day.
  18. Rethinking Camelot
    JFK, the Vietnam War, and US Political Culture

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1993
    Chomsky analyzes the Kennedy Administration's policy on the Vietnam War and compares the US Administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan.
  19. Ruling Canada
    Corporate Cohesion and Democracy

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2005
  20. Secrets, Lies and Democracy
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1994
    Noam Chomsky interviewed by David Barsamian.
  21. The Trouble With Billionaires
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2010
    The glittering lives of billionaires may seem to be a harmless source of entertainment, but authors Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks argue that such financial power not only threatends everyone's economic and social well-being but also upsets the very functioning of democracy. Our society tends to regard great wealth as evidence of exceptional talent or accomplishment. Yet spectacular fortunes are often attributable to luck, ruthlessness, cheating, or advantageous positioning that allow some to build on the work and insights of others who have paved the way.
  22. Untying the Knot
    Resource Type: Book
  23. U.S. Elites
    The Original Gangsters

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Donald Trump is at home in the underworld. Tom Robbins writes that the de facto GOP nominee "has encountered a steady stream of mob-tainted offers that he apparently couldn't refuse" in his decades in business. He "worked with mob-controlled companies and unions" while building his empire, the Washington Post reports. So the man has presidential cred. U.S. elites, since the colonial era, have shown contempt for the law: if they weren't ignoring their own codes, they were violating those of other nations or international statutes, or partnering with avowed outlaws. It's not clear, in other words, what distinguishes politicians and businessmen from career criminals.
  24. The Vertical Mosiac
    An Analysis of Social Class and Power in Canada

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1965
  25. The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism
    The Political Economy of Human Rights: Volume 1

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1979
    Chomsky and Herman demonstrate, with devasting logic and overwhelming documentation, that the purpose of U.S. global policy is to make the world safe for exploitation by U.S. corporate interests and that this has required and continues to require the installation and support of brutal military/police dictatorships throught the Third World. It also requires an apologetic ideology which portrays all this as being in the highest interests of democracy and human rights.
  26. We Own the World
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2008
    The whole debate about the Iranian 'interference' in Iraq makes sense only on one assumption, namely, that we own the world. If we own the world, then the only question that can arise is that someone else is interfering in a country we have invaded and occupied.

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