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The New American Imperialism

Program #CHON207. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on April 02, 2010.

Imperial systems are sustained not only through violence or its threat but through a network of client states and dependent regimes. Take Mubarak of Egypt. After rigging the most recent election he is now Egypt's longest running ruler since the Pharaoh Ramses the Second. Not content with that distinction he once again extended emergency rule which he introduced in 1981. Hardly a peep from Washington because Mubarak serves its interests in the Middle East. And the free press? Well, from Lippmann and Reston of days gone by to Friedman and Brooks today there is a steady chorus of support for U.S. policy. Actual U.S. imperial history, past and present, is often a concoction of fantasies, gaping omissions, selected facts, and unsubstantiated opinion. Orwell described the process, "Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth." Interviewed by David Barsamian.


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.

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