The Clinton Vision
Bill Clinton assumed the Presidency of the United States heralded as a New Democrat. He would do things differently. He wouldn’t kowtow to powerful lobbies. He would break the bureaucratic gridlock. After a year in office, a Clinton vision has taken shape. Its lenses and frames suggest that it’s business as usual in Washington. President Clinton has fervently embraced and promoted programs and policies such as NAFTA and GATT that will exacerbate social and economic polarization in the U.S. and abroad.
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.” The New Statesman calls him “the conscience of the American people.” He is 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 94, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, his latest are Consequences of Capitalism, Chronicles of Dissent and Notes on Resistance.