The U.S. vs. The Gospels
A stunning title? Not really. It reflects exactly U.S. policy in the 1980s when it aggressively rolled back the Catholic Church’s liberation theology. In addition to the title topic the following subjects are covered: the death of Pinochet, Chile today: “full of fear,” the culture of terrorism, the elections of Correa in Ecuador and Ortega in Nicaragua, the situation in Mexico, Afghanistan as a “just war,” NATO as a U.S. foreign legion, intellectuals and risk. Interview by David Barsamian.
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.