Documentarian Will Pascoe lets hyper-verbal linguist and political maverick Noam Chomsky dictate his film’s form, trailing after Chomsky as he makes a series of public appearances rebutting the Bush Administration’s position on the war in Iraq.
Outspoken activist Chomsky, a Boston-based linguistics professor known for his ability to deflate government spin, began speaking out against the invasion of Iraq, picking apart such catchy phrases as "The War on Terror." Uncle Sam, he argues, has realized since WWI that the voting public can be more easily swayed through fear than force. Further, Sadaam Hussein was an ally until he double crossed George Bush Sr.; it was Hussein’s failure to tow the line that made him a pariah, not genocide or torture. Although right-wingers condemn his polemics, they view Chomsky as more of a gadfly than a serious threat to their hawkish interests. Chomsky views the internet as a boon for dissidents in a world of fat cats and Christian conservatives, but despite that ray of hope he understands fully that That propagandized fear can be reinforced in print, on the air and, yes, online. Piling up damning evidence, Chomsky links the so-called War on Terror to an ongoing internal repression in which mistrust of outsiders is followed by mistrust of our neighbors. Chomsky juxtaposes the campaign for the
privatization of Social Security -- another effort to manipulate the public -- with the dismantling of educational and social outreach programs. Given a political climate in which the US government functions at the behest of wealthy extremists, Chomsky laments that citizens who raise questions are branded "unpatriotic."
Although this chronicle of dissent preaches to the converted, it's an invaluable record of Chomsky’s renegade views.
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- Released: 2004
- Rating: NR
- Review: Documentarian Will Pascoe lets hyper-verbal linguist and political maverick Noam Chomsky dictate his film’s form, trailing after Chomsky as he makes a series of public appearances rebutting the Bush Administration’s position on the war in Iraq. Outspok… (more)