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Noam Chomsky, the Salon interview: Governments are power systems, trying to sustain power

In his 85th year, political theorist and linguist Noam Chomsky remains a fiercely busy polymath and dedicated activist. Indeed, his schedule is so demanding, our interview had to be booked a good number of weeks in advance and my time on the phone with the MIT professor was sandwiched between another press interview and another one of his many commitments.

Happily though, speaking with Chomsky in late December gave occasion to look back on this year -- a year of revelation and obfuscation regarding U.S. government activity.

Chomsky told Salon about his thoughts on the slew of NSA leaks, the future of the media, the neo-liberalization of the education system and the principle operations of governments. And, of course, the earth hurtling towards its own demise.

Q: This year's revelations about the scope of surveillance state activity are certainly not the first major leaks you've seen draw scrutiny on government spying. Is there something particular or unique, in your view, about the NSA revelations?

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