South America Rising
From one end of the continent to the other, South America is rising. After centuries of colonial, semi-colonial rule and Monroe Doctrine U.S. gunboat diplomacy and coups, the erstwhile “banana republics” are saying, “Basta!” With Chavez in Venezuela and Morales in Bolivia taking the lead, they are being joined by Correa in Ecuador, and to some extent Kirchner in Argentina, Bachelet in Chile, Lula in Brazil and Ortega in Nicaragua in trying to form a new set of relations with the U.S. As Morales says, “We want partners, not bosses.” While Washington is fixated on the Middle East, events in South America indicate that formerly subordinate and servile countries are staking out new parameters of independence.
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.