2015 Harvard Trade Union Program
Program #CHON239. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on January 23, 2015.
The annual question and answer session does not disappoint. This is Chomsky at his best. In response to a question, “Is the middle class doomed?” he says, “The middle class, meaning the working class, has taken it on the chin during this neo-liberal period. But those are policy decisions which can be reversed. Furthermore, the population is in favor of reversing them.” Poll after poll for decades, say on taxes, show “overwhelmingly” people favor “higher taxes on the wealthy and on corporations. But policy goes the other way. Public opinion has almost no effect on policy. That’s not engraved in stone. It can change. Do we sit and watch?” That’s just fine for the rich and powerful. He adds, “The business class is fighting a bitter class war. They are kind of Marxists in reverse.” Chomsky encourages engagement and activism.
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