The Cold War & the University
Program #CHON-ZINH001. Recorded in Boston, MA on February 20, 1997.Recorded at Boston University this is one of those rare historic events bringing two giants together. Chomsky comments: "The public is not supposed to be involved in policy. That's true in practice, and it's even a principle you can read about in standard texts on American politics. For example, one written a couple of years ago by Samuel Huntington at Harvard who said, "the architects of power must create a force that can be felt but not seen. Power remains strong when it remains in the dark. Exposed to sunlight it begins to evaporate." I think that statement is very accurate, just like the statements by other leading intellectuals and academics who I quoted earlier. Part of the task of the institutions that are responsible for the indoctrination of the young and everyone else is to protect power from exposure. The Cold War provided a framework for that, but the issue is far broader, and it remains with us long after the Berlin Wall has thankfully collapsed into ruins." Zinn says, "You think it's easy to follow Noam Chomsky? [laughter] He just asked me, When was the last time we were on a platform together? I said, I think it was the last teach-in of the Vietnam War. We've been on a lot of platforms separately since, but nobody's ever dared to put us together. It happened at Brandeis. We were having a teach-in to protest against American military aid to the Saigon government. It was the end of April 1975. As we were sitting on the platform, a Brandeis student came running down the aisle holding a news dispatch in his hand. He said, The Saigon government has surrendered. The war in Vietnam is over. The place exploded. So I'm hoping that sometime in the course of the evening somebody will come in and give us some real good news. Like, every government in the world has been overthrown." [applause]Lectures with Q&A.
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