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Debate on U.S. Foreign Policy

Program #CHON-PERR001. Recorded in Columbus, OH on April 12, 1988.

2 CDs

The legendary encounter between Chomsky and Richard Perle. For years there were rumors that a tape of their 1988 debate at Ohio State University in Columbus existed. Finally, it was Edward Herman who tracked it down. It was worth the wait. Rarely do establishment figures take on Chomsky in a debate format. After listening to this you'll understand why. The MIT professor runs circles around Perle. Chomsky sticks to the facts and the documentary record while Perle spews out platitudes and fantasies about U.S. intentions. The focus is on U.S. policy in the Middle East and Latin America. But it extends to a look at U.S. post-WWII plans for global domination, the Grand Area Strategy. Chomsky on the latter is indispensable. AR is proud to make this historic program available. The audio, while not excellent, is quite good. Everything is intelligible.


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.” He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. At 90, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World WorksPower Systems and Global Discontents with David Barsamian.

Richard Perle

Richard Perle, the so-called Prince of Darkness, is a self-styled neo-conservative. He was assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and the former chair of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board in the Bush Two administration. An advocate of an aggressive U.S. foreign policy, he was a fervent supporter for invading Iraq. He is a member of several influential Washington think tanks.

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