American Power and the New Mandarins by Noam Chomsky

By Noam Chomsky

It is a facsimile reproduction of Noam Chomsky's iconic anti-war book.

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A major difficulty we face is the "progressive social and economic results" shown by the Vietcong efforts. An AID report in March 1965 explains the problem. Comparing "our 'new':life l1amlets' " to the Vietcong hamlets, the report comments as follows: The basic differences are that the VC hamlets are well organized, clean, economically self supporting and have an active defen9,e system. For example, a cottage industry in one hamlet was as large as has been previously witnessed anywhere in Chuang Thien province.

Such proposals are likely to meet with little sympathy from Pool's new mandarins. From the doubly privileged position of the American scholar, the transcendent importance of order, stability, and nonviolence (by the oppressed) seems entirely obvious; to others, the 36 I ~ i I II I II I I• I I I I- I! I I I matter is not so simple. If we listen, we hear such voices as this, from an economist in India: It is disingenuous to invoke "democracy," "due process of law," "non-violence," to rationalise the absence of action.

I II! I! hip cause of their inherent interest and importance, perhaps to little effect. The professional, however, tends to define his problems on the basis of the technique that he has mastered, and has a natural desire to apply his skills. Commenting on this process, Senator Clark quotes the remarks of Dr. Harold Agnew, direc. tor of the Los Alamos Laboratories Weapons Division: "The basis of advanced technology is innovation and nothing is more stifling to innovation than seeing one's product not used or ruled out of consideration on flimsy premises involving public world opinion"8-"a shocking statement and a dangerous one," as Clark rightly comments.

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