A Journalist From Mars
Recorded at FAIR’s 15th anniversary celebration at New York’s Town Hall. Introductions by FAIR founder Jeff Cohen and TV talk show host Donahue. In a great talk, Chomsky in his usual biting manner brings a Martian journalist to earth to report on the war on terrorism. The results are both illuminating and humorous. The Martian notices a prevalent media convention. It’s only terrorism if they do it to us. When we do much worse it’s not terrorism. The visitor from outer space also observes that while “enemy crimes are investigated with laser-like intensity, you never look at your own.”
Recorded at Town Hall.
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.