The New American Imperialism
Imperial systems are sustained not only through violence or its threat but through a network of client states and dependent regimes. Take Mubarak of Egypt. After rigging the most recent election he is now Egypt’s longest-running ruler since the Pharaoh Ramses the Second. Not content with that distinction he once again extended the emergency rule which he introduced in 1981. Hardly a peep from Washington because Mubarak serves its interests in the Middle East. And the free press? Well, from Lippmann and Reston of days gone by to Friedman and Brooks today, there is a steady chorus of support for U.S. policy. Actual U.S. imperial history, past and present, is often a concoction of fantasies, gaping omissions, selected facts, and unsubstantiated opinion. Orwell described the process, “Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.”
Interviewed by David Barsamian.
Recorded at MIT.
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.