Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781787355521 Will Publish December 2019 For sale in North America only
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781787355538 Will Publish December 2019 For sale in North America only

Responsibility of Intellectuals

Reflections by Noam Chomsky and Others after 50 years

Edited by Nicholas Allott, Chris Knight, and Neil Smith

Responsibility of Intellectuals

Edited by Nicholas Allott, Chris Knight, and Neil Smith

Distributed for UCL Press

142 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781787355521 Will Publish December 2019 For sale in North America only
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781787355538 Will Publish December 2019 For sale in North America only
With the publication of “The Responsibility of Intellectuals,” Noam Chomsky burst onto the US political scene as a leading critic of the war in Vietnam. Privilege, he argues, brings with it the responsibility to tell the truth and expose lies, but our intellectual culture only pays lip service to this ideal. The essay has been described as the “single most influential piece of anti-war literature” of the Vietnam war period. Since then, Chomsky has continued to equip a growing international audience with the facts and arguments needed to understand—and change—our world. According to the New York Times, Chomsky “may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet today.”

This book revisits “The Responsibility of Intellectuals” half a century later. It includes six new essays written to celebrate Chomsky’s famous intervention and explore its relevance in today’s world. Nicholas Allott, Chris Knight, Milan Rai, and Neil Smith have studied and written about Chomsky’s thought for many years, while Craig Murray and Jackie Walker describe the personal price they have paid for speaking out. The book concludes with Chomsky’s recollections of the background to the original publication of his essay, followed by extensive commentary from him on its fiftieth anniversary.
 
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