Persistent Features of U.S. Policy
Beyond propaganda there is the real world and in that world, Chomsky says, “the powerful make the rules and the weak abide by them.” Our work is to create a society “where a decent human being can live without shame.” Drawing on examples from Nicaragua and Guatemala to Palestine and Iran, he says the so-called free press “reshapes the facts to serve state power.” Citizens are responsible for Washington’s actions “either by participation or apathy.” An excellent presentation. Recorded at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Part One is the lecture. Part Two is the question-and-answer session.
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.” 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 93, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media 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. His latest books are Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal, Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance, and Chronicles of Dissent: Collected Interviews with David Barsamian, 1984-1996.