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Robbing People Blind: U.S. Economic Policy

Program #CHON124. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on November 03, 1995.

Wall Street is on a roll. Profits are going through the roof. Yet, paradoxically workers just had their worst year on record. The US leads in the dubious category of income inequality. Of all the industrialized nations, not one has as great a gulf between the rich and poor as the US, and the situation is rapidly deteriorating. The middle class is shrinking. 1% of the population owns 40% of the nation's wealth. Interviews. October 31 & November 3, 1995.

Speaker(s):

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” At 87, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World Works, and Power Systems with David Barsamian.

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