Important People in Requiem For the American Dream

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Noam Chomsky

Acclaimed intellectual, linguist, political theorist, activist, and professor, Noam Chomsky remains humble throughout his prose even when his resume does not. His many titles and pasts shine through in Requiem for the American Dream, as he teaches the reader the true motivations behind the common tropes heard in mainstream society. Delicately separating fact from rhetoric, he provides an in-depth cross section of the current sociopolitical system and how it came to be. All the while, he urges the reader toward organized and thoughtful political activism rooted in logic and basic morality.

Adam Smith

According to Chomsky, Adam Smith was one of the economic ideological heroes of the “masters” of society (65). His famous 1776 “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” praises practices like keeping workers insecure and the division of labor, which, when implied with no control, are detrimental to society’s...

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