Noam Chomsky

'There is a strategy': Noam Chomsky dismantles the Trump-McConnell Republican party 'con game'

Even for Donald Trump, the remarks were almost staggering in their density. Last month, in an exclusive interview with the Financial Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Western liberalism has “outlived its purpose,” adding that “it has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population.” When asked during the G20 summit in Osaka if he agreed, Trump offered this gleaming ruby: “[Putin] sees what’s going on—I guess if you look at what’s happening in Los Angeles, where it’s so sad to look, and what’s happening in San Francisco and a couple of other cities, which are run by an extraordinary group of liberal people. I don’t know what they’re thinking.”

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READ IT: More than 70 scholars join Noam Chomsky to sign petition to stop the US from interfering in Venezuelan politics

The following open letter—signed by 70 scholars on Latin America, political science, and history as well as filmmakers, civil society leaders, and other experts—was issued on Thursday, January 24, 2018 in opposition to ongoing intervention by the United States in Venezuela.

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Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What's Wrong with Libertarianism

The following is the adapted text of an interview that first appeared in Modern Success magazine.

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Chomsky: Trump's #1 Goal as President

[This interview has been excerpted from Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy, the new book by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian to be published this December.] 

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Chomsky: The Economic Facts of American Life in the 21st Century

The following is an excerpt from the new book Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power by Noam Chomsky and edited by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott (Seven Stories Press, 2017). This excerpt was previously published at BillMoyers.com:

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Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is the 'Most Dangerous Organization in World History'

The following is an excerpt from the new book Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power by Noam Chomsky and edited by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott (Seven Stories Press, 2017): 

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Noam Chomsky: Explaining the 'Collapse' That Gave Us Donald Trump

Noam Chomsky is a philosopher, social critic, political activist, and pioneering linguist. Having served as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955, Chomsky is the author of dozens of books, with his most recent book, Who Rules the World?, published in 2016. Chomsky spoke with HIR editors Kenneth Palmer and Richard Yarrow about his reflections on politics in the West, and what issues he thinks it has failed to properly address.

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Chomsky on America's Ugly History: FDR Was Fascist-Friendly Before WWII

This interview was done by AcTVism Munich this fall and has been edited for clarity.

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Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

The following excerpt is from the forthcoming book Optimism Over Despair on Capitalism, Empire, and Social Change by Noam Chomsky and C.J. Polychroniou from Haymarket Books. This interview is copyright 2016 Noam Chomsky and C.J. Polychroniou.

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Noam Chomsky's 8-Point Rationale for Voting for the Lesser Evil Presidential Candidate

Among the elements of the weak form of democracy enshrined in the constitution, presidential elections continue to pose a dilemma for the left in that any form of participation or non participation appears to impose a significant cost on our capacity to develop a serious opposition to the corporate agenda served by establishment politicians. The position outlined below is that which many regard as the most effective response to this quadrennial Hobson’s choice, namely the so-called “lesser evil” voting strategy or LEV. Simply put, LEV involves, where you can, i.e. in safe states, voting for the losing third party candidate you prefer, or not voting at all. In competitive “swing” states, where you must, one votes for the “lesser evil” Democrat.

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Noam Chomsky: We Are Suffering the Major Downside of Corporate Globalization

The following is an interview with Noam Chomsky, conducted by James Resnick:

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Chomsky: Humanity Has Paid a Bloody Price for America's Mania to Control the World

This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. The second of two parts, it is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books). Part 1 can be found by clicking here.

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Noam Chomsky: Who Rules the World?

This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.

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Noam Chomsky: There's a Huge Desire to Revamp Our Exploitive Economy, Bubbling in the Collective Unconscious

Philosopher, linguist, and social critic Noam Chomsky recently spoke about his experiences in campus activism and his vision of a just society to help inaugurate the Next System Project’s ambitious new teach-ins initiative taking place across the country. An initial signatory to the Next System statement, Chomsky explores the connections between culture, mass movements, and economic experiments—which in “mutually reinforcing” interaction, may build toward a next system more quickly than you may think. 

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Murder, Theft, Exploitation: How American Imperialism and Neoliberal Economics Conquered Latin America

The following is an excerpt from the book Year 501 by Noam Chomsky, part of a series of twelve new editions of Chomsky's classic works recently published by Haymarket Books: 

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Noam Chomsky: The Country Where Journalism Is Being Murdered

Journalists are the “watchdogs” of democracy, according to the European Court of Human Rights. Anyone who wants to control a country without being troubled by criticism tries to muzzle reporters, and unfortunately, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a past master at stifling the cries of freedom. As journalists from around the world converge on Antalya to cover this weekend’s Group of 20 summit, many of their Turkish colleagues are being denied accreditation.

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Noam Chomsky: Why Powerful Factions in America Are Hellbent on Spreading Mideast Chaos

On Saturday, Chomsky spoke before a sold-out audience of nearly 1,000 people at The New School in New York City. In a speech titled “On Power and Ideology,” he addressed the Republican efforts to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal. Below is an excerpted video of Chomsky's speech first broadcast by Democracy Now!, followed by a transcript of that segment. 

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Noam Chomsky: Why America Is the Gravest Threat to World Peace

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Noam Chomsky: How America's Way of Thinking About the World Naturally Produces Human Catastrophes

Tavis: Noam Chomsky is, of course, internationally recognized as one of the world’s most critically engaged public intellectuals. The MIT professor of linguistics has long been an unapologetic critic of both American foreign policy and the ideological role of the mainstream media.

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Noam Chomsky Reads the New York Times -- Explains Why 'Paper of Record' Is Pure Propaganda

A front-page article is devoted to a flawed story about a campus rape in the journal Rolling Stone, exposed in the leading academic journal of media critique. So severe is this departure from journalistic integrity that it is also the subject of the lead story in the business section, with a full inside page devoted to the continuation of the two reports. The shocked reports refer to several past crimes of the press: a few cases of fabrication, quickly exposed, and cases of plagiarism (“too numerous to list”). The specific crime of Rolling Stone is “lack of skepticism,” which is “in many ways the most insidious” of the three categories.

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Noam Chomsky: A Brief History of America's Cold-Blooded, Terroristic Treatment of Cuba

The establishment of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba has been widely hailed as an event of historic importance. Correspondent John Lee Anderson, who has written perceptively about the region, sums up a general reaction among liberal intellectuals when he writes, in the New Yorker, that:

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Noam Chomsky: Can Civilization Survive Capitalism?

There is “capitalism” and then there is “really existing capitalism.”

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Noam Chomsky Slams West's Charlie Hebdo Outrage: 'Many Journalists Were Killed by Israel in Gaza Too'

After the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people including the editor and four other cartoonists, and the murder of four Jews at a kosher supermarket shortly after, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared "a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity."

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Noam Chomsky: Are We on the Verge of Total Self-Destruction?

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Chomsky: Elites Have Forced America into a National Psychosis to Keep Us Embroiled in Imperial Wars

"War is the health of the State," wrote social critic Randolph Bourne in a classic essay as America entered World War I:

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Chomsky: How the Young Are Indoctrinated to Obey

Public education is under attack around the world, and in response, student protests have recently been held in Britain, Canada, Chile, Taiwan and elsewhere.

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Noam Chomsky: America, the World's Leading #1 Terrorist State

"It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it."

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Chomsky: A World in Crisis, from Isil to Ukraine

Plymouth Institute for Peace Research (PIPR): This year commemorates the centenary of the so-called Great War. What are your reflections?

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