An Inquiry into Global Capitalism
The jargon of the international economy fills the air: fast track, globalization, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, Asian tiger meltdowns, and IMF bailouts. Since the economy of Thailand began to unravel in the summer of 1997, a domino-like effect has been felt throughout Asia. South Korea, the 11th biggest economy in the world, is the focus of the largest bailout in history. The ripple may become a tide, effecting Japan and ultimately the U.S.
Recorded at Hampshire College.
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.