Program #CHON139. Recorded in Baltimore, MD on November 03, 1997.
Recorded at Johns Hopkins University this is another extraordinary Chomsky talk in which he blends his knowledge of history and philosophy and the development of modern propaganda. The problem faced by such democracies as the U.S. is to manage and control a population which had some degree of political freedom. The elite solution? Techniques of mass persuasion. Chomsky says, “The Leninist flavor of these ideas is unmistakable.” He adds, “The more free and democratic the society in which we live, the greater our share and privilege within it, the greater its power, the more significant is the task of understanding ourselves. The efforts to gain what is sometimes called understanding of otherness are an impressive achievement of modern thought. Understanding of selfness lags well behind, particularly within the circles of privilege to which most of us belong.”
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