Chomsky and Dershowitz: On Endless War and the End of Civil Liberties
Through the lens of a careful assessment of the political views of MIT's Noam Chomsky and Harvard's Alan Dershowitz-the two protagonists of a Cambridge-based feud over the past forty years-author Howard Friel chronicles an American intellectual history from the U.S. war in Vietnam in the 1960s to the contemporary debate about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Major findings reveal the consistency of Chomsky's principled support of international law, human rights, and civil liberties, and a reversal by Dershowitz from support in the 1960s to opposition of those legal standards today. Friel's volume argues that a Chomskyan adherence by the United States to international law and human rights would reduce the threat of terrorism and preserve civil liberties, that the Dershowitz-backed war on terrorism increases the threat of terrorism and undermines civil liberties, and that the incremental but steady transition toward a preventive state threatens the permanent suspension of civil liberties in the United States.
Howard Friel is a writer and author of The Record of the Paper: How The New York Times Misreports U.S. Foreign Policy (Verso, 2004) and Israel-Palestine On Record: How The New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East (Verso, 2007), both with Richard Falk. He is author most recently of The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straight about Global Warming (Yale University Press, 2010).
Pub Date: 2013
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 inches
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