Chomsky, in this interview with Barsamian recorded at KGNU studios in Boulder, describes the impact and influence of activists and solidarity movements. He says, e.g., Because of opposition “the Reagan administration was never able to intervene directly in Central America a la Kennedy and Johnson were able to do in Southeast Asia in the 1960s.” He also goes into “worthy and unworthy victims,” one of the themes he and Edward Herman developed in their classic book “Manufacturing Consent.” He adds some interesting comments about the 150th anniversary of the Communist Manifesto,” as well as his own education including high school in Philadelphia where he said, he “sank into a black hole.”
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. The legendary MIT professor is a major contributor to 21st century linguistics. 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 91, he still gives lectures 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.