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An Inquiry into Global Capitalism

Program #CHON141. Recorded in Amherst, MA on October 03, 1997.

The jargon of the international economy fills the air: fast track, globalization, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, Asian tiger meltdowns, and IMF bailouts. Since the economy of Thailand began to unravel in the summer of 1997, a domino-like effect has been felt throughout Asia. South Korea, the 11th biggest economy in the world, is the focus of the largest bailout in history. The ripple may become a tide, effecting Japan and ultimately the U.S.

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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