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2012 Harvard Trade Union Program

Program #CHON216. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on January 20, 2012.

Ever mischievous, when Chomsky saw me recording this session he said, "You're like a bad penny. You keep showing up." Ever since 1984 I've kept showing up to record him. In this presentation and exchange with trade union activists from around the world, Chomsky discusses a broad range of issues such as: why is the labor movement unable to capture the imagination of the working class; and how unions can get their narrative across in a "business-run society which conducts huge propaganda campaigns." He talks about "the paranoia" of the ruling class "who believe they should own everything." As with his other appearances at the Harvard Trade Union Program, this is Chomsky in an informal relaxed give and take  setting.


Noam Chomsky

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. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. 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.” At 88, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World Works, and Power Systems with David Barsamian.

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