Eqbal Ahmad: Legacy of Resistance
Noam Chomsky is joined by Pakistani journalist and filmmaker Beena Sarwar, scholars Margaret Cerullo, Emran Qureshi, and Stuart Schaar, in a celebration of the great Pakistani activist/thinker Eqbal Ahmad and the publication of The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad. Ahmad, a charismatic and brilliant strategist, died in Islamabad in 1999. He was called by his close friend Edward Said, “the shrewdest and most original anti-imperialist analyst of the postwar world.” Chomsky opens the event with a great talk on the Middle East. A panel discussion follows on Ahmad’s work and its significance with particular focus on Palestine, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan.
Moderated by Jack Trumpbour of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
Recorded at the Harvard Law School as part of its Labor and Worklife Program.
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. His contributions to modern linguistics are legendary. 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 93, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World Works, Power Systems and Global Discontents with David Barsamian. His latest books are Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal, Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance, and Chronicles of Dissent: Collected Interviews with David Barsamian, 1984-1996.