This is one of those “must haves.” In this detailed and heavily documented talk, Chomsky illustrates how imperial U.S. foreign policy, the national security apparatus and a state capitalist economic system limits democracy and contributes to a kind of creeping fascism. Abroad, the U.S. is opposed to any form of independent nationalism whether it is Egypt, Cuba or Iran. It creates, cultivates and supports client regimes. It does this indirectly through local collaborators, many of whom are “educated” at elite U.S. universities and/or have ties to U.S.-dominated global institutions. If they get out of line they are removed and replaced. The policies demand muscle in the form of the world’s largest military. Domestically the population is propagandized into a state of fear and thus is relatively passive. Though Chomsky points out that the Central American solidarity movement was a positive activist departure. His comments in the q&a on the environment are prescient.
Recorded at the Village Gate.
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.