2014 Harvard Trade Union Program
Program #CHON227. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on February 07, 2014.
Since the early 1990s Noam Chomsky regularly lectures at the Harvard Trade Union Program. Annually it brings together union leaders and organizers from all over the world. He answers questions about such issues as the attack on working people and unions, education, the eco-crisis, etc. The session starts with his comments on the Mondragon cooperative in Spain. “The idea behind Mondragon is worker ownership of production, a core principle of classical liberalism. John Dewey, argued that unless we have what he called industrial democracy—that means working people owning and running their own workplaces, and then he extended it beyond production to commerce, media, financial institutions—unless those are owned and operated by the people who work within them, then, as he put it, ‘Politics is the shadow cast on society by big business.’ That is essentially what it is, dramatically, these days.”
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