Noam Chomsky 2015 6-Pack
First program: It's in Your Hands
An effective propaganda system encourages people to be discouraged. Hey! Worry about the Kardashian’s latest news. Leave the complicated matters of domestic and foreign affairs to the smart guys. This is a recipe for disaster because the ruling class will attend acutely to its interests at the expense of everyone and everything else including the planet. This indifference to the 99% and the environment was dramatically revealed in a 2015 poll of CEOs at Davos. Every year the so-called “masters of the universe” meet in the Swiss Alps. The poll asked them to list their major concerns. They had 19. Climate change was not one of them. No surprise. The big boys have other things on their minds like making money. It’s an institutional imperative. Will the changes to avert eco-catastrophes come from the top? Highly unlikely. We the People must act.
This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation.
Second program: Living Memory
In David Barsamian's latest interview with Noam Chomsky they analyze the rise of ISIS, how U.S. policies are "creating jihadis," the film American Sniper, the attacks in Paris, free speech, and how memory is filtered to allow certain facts to be foreground while obscuring other vital information. Living memory, Chomsky says, is the terrorism "done against us" not what we do to others.
Third program: The Nature of Capitalism 2 CDs
Chomsky talks about the economic system and corporate crime. He says, It’s not just GM and Volkswagen. “It’s across the board. Johnson & Johnson, the huge pharmaceutical firm, is apparently facing billions of dollars of fines for mislabeling prescriptions. Financial institutions are paying billions of dollars in fines for basically robbery of the public. Just read the business pages. It’s constant. Because that’s the nature of capitalism: You try to steal as much as you can.” About Bernie Sanders: “I’m very supportive of his candidacy. His prospects are pretty limited in a system like ours of bought elections and what amounts to a plutocracy. The real hope, in my mind, of the Sanders campaign is that the popular movement that supports him will persist and grow and develop. That would be significant. If it’s just timed for the electoral extravaganzas, it’s kind of a waste. “
Fourth program: Chomsky's 87th Birthday Interview 2 CDs
Alexander Cockburn used to quip that the two greatest disasters to befall the United States in the 20th century both happened to be on December 7th: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Noam Chomsky’s birth in Philadelphia. In this exclusive birthday interview, Chomsky reveals his views on the responsibility of intellectuals, the root causes of jihadi terror, France’s role in Africa, a possible solution in Syria, the current state of U.S. imperialism, China’s strengths and weaknesses and evolving U.S. military strategy toward the Asian giant, the real story why the Paris Climate Summit is doomed to fail, and notable biographical details from his childhood.
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