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Turkey threatens and jails journalists and dissidents. It bombs the Kurds. Chomsky has sharp criticisms of the autocratic regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite grotesque human rights violations, Ankara has been given a free pass by Washington for years. Why? NATO ally Turkey is a key part of U.S. plans for ongoing intervention in the Mideast.
The lead news stories are clear: there is working-class anger, anxiety and rage. Working people have been taking it on the chin for decades. Wages have been flat for years. The Bernie Sanders campaign has highlighted the scandalous levels of income and wealth inequality. Increasingly, more and more workers understand how rigged the system is against them. The economy and politics are tilted towards powerful corporations and mega donors who use their deep pockets to promote their interests. The sustained attack on unions has left many workers without representation. If you speak out you risk getting fired and replaced by a temp. Young people, saddled with debt, will not replicate the standard of living reached by their parents. These outcomes are the result of policies and policies can be changed.
I’m often asked about Noam Chomsky. How did I connect with the legendary MIT professor? Very simply, I wrote him a letter around 1980 and to my surprise he responded. A correspondence ensued. We did our first interview in 1984. Two years after that I decided to launch Alternative Radio as I was determined to get his voice on the air. Since then we’ve done many programs and a bunch of books. Chomsky is easy to work with. He is patient and practices the egalitarianism he preaches. But behind his soft-spoken voice is an extraordinary intellectual acumen. In our latest interview he covers a lot of ground, in typical Chomsky fashion, from Latin America to India to elections to where he sees signs of hope to creating a better society.
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