2000 Harvard Trade Union Program
In his annual presentation at the Harvard Trade Union Program, Chomsky speaks to trade union organizers from around the world, presenting an historical account of the declining power of unions. He maintains that a propaganda war conducted by the powers that be is inducing a philosophy of futility and consumerism which keeps people under the control of their financial debt. Labor, however corrupt, still poses a threat to the status quo. In the Q&A session, Chomsky addresses the use of the Internet as a tool, the current ideology of free capital flow and the promise of the Seattle movement against the WTO.
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 93, 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.