Program #CHON220. Recorded in Madison, WI on April 08, 2010.
In this revealing personal account Chomsky relates formative childhood experiences. He wrote his first political essay at the age of 10. He recalls, “I’m just old enough to remember Hitler’s speeches on the radio. I didn’t understand the words but I couldn’t help but grasp the menacing tone and the cheering mobs. The first political article I wrote was in February 1939, right after the fall of Barcelona. It was for the fourth grade newspaper. I was the editor and probably the only reader. Maybe my mother read it. (laughs) I remember the mood of fear and foreboding at the time. The opening line was, ‘Austria falls, Czechoslovakia Falls, and now Barcelona Falls.’ The words somehow have always stayed in my mind along with the mood of dread and the sense of the dark clouds of fascism gathering over Germany and Europe. No one could see then the unimaginable horror coming.”
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