Neoliberalism, the Pandemic, and the Urgent Need for Social Change

Noam Chomsky and C. J. Polychroniou

Haymarket Books
(June 29, 2021)

Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9781642594584 • US $16.95 • 6 in x 9 in • 180 pgs.


A collection of interviews with the world’s leading public intellectual from the time of the rise to power of Donald Trump to the end of his presidency and the election of Joe Biden.

In The Precipice, Noam Chomsky sheds light onto the phenomenon of Trumpism and exposes the catastrophic nature and impact of Trump’s policies on people, the environment, and the planet as a whole. Chomsky also captures the dynamics of the brutal class warfare launched by the masters of capital to maintain and even enhance the features of a dog-eat-dog society, along with the unprecedented mobilization of millions of people against neoliberal capitalism, racism, and police violence.

A powerful sequel to Chomsky and Polychroniou’s last interview collection, Optimism Over Despair.


“The elder statesman of a resurgent left offers clear-eyed assessments of the US, past and present, and its role in the world. From meditations on human nature to strategic advice for the Trump era, Chomsky remains the thinker who shaped a generation, a beacon of hope in the darkest of times.”

Sarah Jaffe, author of Work Won’t Love You Back

“For those of us who have always dreamed of spending a day with Noam Chomsky and getting his answers to all our questions and concerns about the sorry state of the world, here’s the next best thing: a collection of interviews with our greatest living intellectual on capitalism, empire, and social change, fielded by C. J. Polychroniou of Truthout. This book is especially valuable in helping us navigate the dreadful challenges of the Trumpian era.”

Michael Klare, defense correspondent for the Nation


Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor (emeritus) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. His recent books include Consequences of Capitalism, with Marv Waterstone, and, with C. J. Polychroniou, Optimism Over Despair.

C. J. Polychroniou
is a regular contributor to Truthout as well as a member of Truthout’s Public Intellectual Project.


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