WISDOM: “The Essentials” / Noam Chomsky ☮

A “best of” compilation of Chomsky’s ideas and analyses.

1. War, State Power, and American Exceptionalism  0:00
2. Capitalism, Neoliberalism, and Corporate Propaganda 31:01
3. Anarchism, Libertarian Socialism, and Classical Liberalism 01:08:51
4. Science, Philosophy, and Language 01:39:16

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Noam Chomsky: Calling Someone ‘Anti-American’ is a Classic Technique of Social Control” / AlterNetnet / Alexandra Rosenmann ☮

h/t: truthdig

It’s a common trend, we’ve seen it before—someone in America challenges power and the official storyline in a fundamental way, and they become the victims of smear campaigns that call them anti-American. The label many have used to describe everyone from Colin Kaepernick to Donald Trump, just in the past week. But Noam Chomsky believes it’s a low blow.

“You might take a look at that word ‘Americanism,’ it’s an unusual term, it’s the kind of term that you only find in totalitarian societies as far as I know, So like in the Soviet Union and Anti-Sovietism was considered the gravest of all crimes… and the Brazilian generals had some concept like that Anti-Brazilian, but try, say, publishing a book on Anti-Itlaianism and see what happens in the streets of Rome or Milan. People won’t even bother laughing, it’s a ludicrous idea,” Chomsky explained.

“As far as I know, the United States is the only free society that has such a concept,” Chomsky said. “Americanism and anti-Americanism and un-Americanism and so on … these are concepts which go along with harmony and getting rid of those outsiders and all that kind of stuff. Another part is simply to induce hatred and fear among people,” he said.

 

INTERVIEW: “Noam Chomsky on the Breakdown of American Society and a World in Transition” / Truthout / C.J. Polychroniou ☮

Noam Chomsky

The US is facing uncertain times. While it remains the only global superpower, it is no longer able to influence events and outcomes to its liking, at least not for the most part. Frustration and worry about the risk of upcoming disasters seem to far outweigh US voters’ hopes for a more rational and just world order. Meanwhile, Noam Chomsky argues, the rise and popularity of Donald Trump is occurring due to the fact that US society is breaking down.

In this exclusive interview with Truthout, Noam Chomsky addresses contemporary developments in both the United States and around the world and challenges prevailing views about class warfare, neoliberalism as the outcome of economic laws, the role of the US as a global power, the status of emerging economies and the power of the Israel Lobby.

CJ Polychroniou: Noam, you have said that the rise of Donald Trump is largely due to the breakdown of American society. What exactly do you mean by this?

Noam Chomsky: The state-corporate programs of the past 35 or so years have had devastating effects on the majority of the population, with stagnation, decline and sharply enhanced inequality being the most direct outcomes. This has created fear and has left people feeling isolated, helpless, victims of powerful forces they can neither understand or influence. The breakdown is not caused by economic laws. They are policies, a kind of class war initiated by the rich and powerful against the working population and the poor. This is what defines the neoliberalism period, not only in the US but in Europe and elsewhere. Trump is appealing to those who sense and experience the breakdown of American society — to deep feelings of anger, fear, frustration, hopelessness, probably among sectors of the population that are seeing an increase in mortality, something unheard of apart from war.

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Noam Chomsky: Today’s Republican Party is a Candidate for Most Dangerous Organization in Human History” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman ☮

We speak with world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky about the Republican party, the rightward shift in U.S. politics and the 2016 election. “If we were honest, we would say something that sounds utterly shocking and no doubt will be taken out of context and lead to hysteria on the part of the usual suspects,” Chomsky says, “but the fact of the matter is that today’s Republican Party qualify as candidates for the most dangerous organization in human history. Literally.”