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. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern 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 89, 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.