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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Or Neil Sheehan, in a classic and often-quoted article (New York Times, October 9, 1966): A drive through Saigon demonstrates another the social system works. nnectio)ls within the regime. The buildings are destined to rented Jo Americans. Saigon's workers live, as they always have, in fetid slums on the city's outskirts. . Bars and bordellos, thousands of young Vietnamese women degrading themselves as bar girls and prostitutes, gangs of hoodlums and beggars and children selling their older sisters and picking pockets have bec()me ubiquitous features of urban life.

Senator Fulbright has developed a similar theme in an important and percE'ptive speech. " Specifically, he refers to the failure of the social scientists, "who ought to be acting as responsible and independent critics of the Government's policies," but who instead become the agents of these policies. " The extent of this betrayal might be argued; its existence, as a threatening tendency, is hardly in doubt. Senator Fulbright mentions one primary cause: the access to money and influence. Others might be mentioned: for example, a highly restrictive, almost universally shared ideology, and the inherent dynamics of professionalization.

Fascist Japan]. The organization never made any particular obeisance either to democracy or to the rank-and-file Vietnamese. It probably never numbered more than 1,000 members and did not consider itself a mass-based organization. " It organized "the rural population through. the instrument of self-control-victory by means. 'a sense of community, first, by developing a pattern of politisal thought and behavior appropriate to the social problems of the rural Vietnamese village in the midst of sharp social cha~g~ and, second, by providing a basis for group action that allowed the individual villager to see that his own efforts could have meaning and effect" (obviously, a skilled and I AMERICAN POWER AND THE NEW MANDARINS enemy).

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