Program #CHON015. Recorded in Northfield, MN on February 18, 1970.
A philosophical talk on freedom and responsibility given while Indochina was burning under a massive U.S. assault. He talks admiringly about Randolph Bourne and his essay "The Twilight of the Idols." It was Bourne, writing around WW1, who said "War is the health of the state." Chomsky observes that some intellectuals gravitate to power resulting in the "degrading of political thinking and loss of critical capacity." He says, "Those of us in academic communities have a remarkable opportunity to think through, not only the consequences of our actions but the kind of society we hope to bring into being." And he comments, "It's not enough to deplore" the system of militarism and imperialism "like Fulbright and Eisenhower or to get a new manager to do something about it, the only thing that can be done is to try to organize to stop it, to resist it." An outstanding program which resonates as much today as when it was first given. Highly recommended.
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