Noam Chomsky on TPP Secrecy, Terrorism and Google Glass

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Laura Flanders
June 18, 2013

What do Takism Square, Google Glass, Trans Pacific Partnership and NSA have in common? Find out in this interview with Noam Chomsky.

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the pending trade deal critics are calling “NAFTA on steroids”:

These are patent rules so high, if they’d existed in 19th century the US would be an agricultural producer today… What we now call “piracy” is the way the rich countries developed. There’s a phrase for it in trade theory: kicking away the ladder. First you violate all the rules, then by the time you get rich you kick away the ladder so others can’t do it too and you preach about “free trade.”


This conversation was recorded backstage at the Left Forum in New York, June 8, 2013.

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Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough? by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 14, 2013

On July 1, interest rates will double for millions of students – from 3.4% to 6.8% – unless Congress acts; and the legislative fixes on the table are largely just compromises. Only one proposal promises real relief – Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act.” This bill has been dismissed out of hand as “shameless populist demagoguery” and “a cheap political gimmick,” but is it? Or could Warren’s outside-the-box bill represent the sort of game-changing thinking sorely needed to turn the economy around?

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“Legalized Bribery” by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 1, 2011

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Dear President Obama:

Yesterday’s Washington Post published a page one article headlined “President Waging A Charm Offensive. Obama woos big donors to help fund early campaign expansion.”

Later in the article appears this unseemly behavior by a public servant paid for by public funds:

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Open Letter to President Obama on the Nomination of Elizabeth Warren by Ralph Nader

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 1, 2011

Dear President Obama:

An interesting contrast is playing out at the White House these days—between your expressed praise of General Electric’s CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt and the silence regarding the widely desired nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Regulatory Bureau within the Federal Reserve.

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Wake Up Obama by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Featured Writer
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Aug. 15, 2010

If the United States is not kaput it is certainly withering away even as a rich upper class enjoys all the things that money buys.  There is massive, widespread economic pain inflicting a huge fraction of Americans who are unemployed, underemployed, relying on food stamps, losing their homes, and who are feeling totally insecure financially.  This maintains sluggish consumer spending that makes necessary economic growth impossible.

The corporate bigwigs meanwhile are essentially using economic blackmail as they sit on trillions of dollars in cash, refusing to invest their capital and making great profits because they have cut workers and increased productivity.  They want even more benefits from government that they think Republicans will give them.

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Letter to President Obama on Professor Elizabeth Warren by Ralph Nader

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 20, 2010

Dear President Obama:

It is time for you to give taxpayers, consumers, and investors a reason to believe that you are truly interested in consumer protection by nominating Professor Elizabeth Warren to be the Director of the much-anticipated Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Professor Warren combines rigorous scholarship, a superb sense of needed change and clear ways to communicate those needs to families and individuals around the country. Consumer leaders know that Professor Warren has been a strong and talented Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) reviewing the current state of financial markets and the regulatory system.

In addition, Professor Warren had the vision and good sense to propose and advocate for the creation of an entity much like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Elizabeth Warren: Oversight of Financial Crisis

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April 14, 2010

Elizabeth Warren talked about the new report from the Congressional Oversight Panel on preventing home foreclosures. She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

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Elizabeth Warren: How Wall Street Got Away with Murder

January 24, 2010

‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ DVD Extra – Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren on How Wall Street Got Away with Murder

Extended interview with top TARP cop, Harvard Professor, Elizabeth Warren. Shes sassy and real and tells it like it is, wearing a nice light blue wool-tweed suit.

Sometimes wearing nothing at all at

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Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders (2006; must-see) + The Money Trap

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Note: 1st video no longer available

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