Updated: Sept. 4, 2010 added full video
Linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky criticizes right-wing media outlets, which he describes as delivering a message of paranoia and economic populism comparable to Nazis during the Weimar Republic. “There were people with real grievances,” says Chomsky. “The Nazis gave them an answer.”
World-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky has been pushing change in language, politics and culture for decades. The controversial expert on modern language explains why “the smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” – Commonwealth Club of California
Noam Chomsky, a professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, is the author of numerous books on U.S. foreign policy, including American Power and the New Mandarins, Political Economy of Human Rights (two volumes, written with Edward Herman), Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians, and Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World. His most recent books are Failed States and Perilous Power.
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Noam Chomsky Belfast lecture warns of right-wing threats and urges popular action to fight poverty
30 October 2009
‘In the US, inequality has soared to unprecedented heights. There is now a mass of people with real grievances, who want answers but are not receiving them. The far-right is providing answers that are completely crazy: that rich liberals are giving their hard-earned money away to illegal immigrants and the shiftless poor.
‘A common reaction in elite educated circles and much of the left is to ridicule the right-wing protestors, but that is a serious error. The correct reaction is to examine our own failures. The grievances are quite real and should be taken seriously.
‘There are real dangers in letting these calls go unanswered, as recent history shows all too bitterly.
‘If the protestors are getting crazy answers from the hardline right-wing extreme, the proper reaction is to provide the right answers, and do something about them.
“An organised public can achieve a great deal, as we see right now in many places.
Noam Chomsky: Philosophies of Language and Politics (2009)
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Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
October 6, 2009
interviewed by Larry Bensky