Democracy and Power. The Delhi Lectures

Democracy and Power. The Delhi Lectures Noam Chomsky. Introduction by Jean Drèze
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Chomsky makes the world a more intelligent place. He is a marksman whose eye never wanders and whose aim never lets him down.
— Arundhati Roy


Noam Chomsky visited India in 1996 and 2001 and spoke on a wide range of subjects, from democracy and corporate propaganda to the nature of the world order and the role of intellectuals in society. He captivated audiences with his lucid challenge of dominant political analyses, the engaging style of his talks, and his commitment to social equality as well as individual freedom.

Chomsky’s early insights into the workings of power in the modern world remain timely and compelling. Published for the first time, this series of lectures also provides the reader with an invaluable introduction to the essential ideas of one of the leading thinkers of our time.



Democracy and Power. The Delhi Lectures
Noam Chomsky | December 2014
192 | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783740925
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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0050
BIC subject codes: JPHV (Political structures: democracy), JPFF (Socialism and left-of-centre democratic ideologies), JPA (political science and theory)


Introduction: Chomsky in India
Jean Drèze

1. World Orders, Old and New
2. The Vicissitudes of Democracy: Part 1
3. The Vicissitudes of Democracy: Part 2
4. The Nationality Question in the Contemporary World
5. Militarism, Democracy and People’s Right to Information

Appendix: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and anarcho-syndicalist activist. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. Chomsky continues to be well known as a political activist, and a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy, state capitalism, and the mainstream news media.

Jean Drèze studied Mathematical Economics at the University of Essex and obtained his PhD in Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. He has taught at the London School of Economics and the Delhi School of Economics, and is now Visiting Professor at Ranchi University in India. Jean Drèze has made wide-ranging contributions to development economics and public economics, with special reference to India. He is co-author (with Amartya Sen) of Hunger and Public Action and An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions. Jean Drèze is also active in various campaigns for economic and social rights in India, as well as in the world-wide movement for peace and disarmament.