A tour de force. Chomsky traces American attacks on the rest of the world focusing on the post-1945 era. He begins his talk with the memorable lines: “The most recent U.S. intervention (Grenada) was yesterday, at least as of this morning.” On Israel, Chomsky says, “American liberals supported the militarization and ultimate destruction of Israel with the American Jewish community being a component of that.” Cuba is “The major victim of international terrorism and therefore in this Orwellian world is naturally described as the center of international terrorism.” After surveying a range of issues Chomsky poses key questions: “What kind of institutional changes would be needed for the U.S. to get at these problems at the source rather than just ameliorating their effects?” And “what values do we pursue as a people?” The Q&A is terrific. Put this on your “must-have” list.
Recorded at the University of Colorado.
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 95, he continues to inform and inspire people 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.