Noam Chomsky “The Imperial Presidency” CD
It’s Noam Chomsky vs. the Bush Regime in this much-anticipated spoken-word release. Recorded in November 2004 at a Canadian Dimension benefit, just after the reelection of George W Bush, Chomsky pinpoints the principle commitments of the Bush administration. In the name of expanding markets and controlling access to key natural resources we’ve seen the blatant undermining of democratic practice, contempt for binding International Law, restriction of civil liberties, and the use of war crimes to further foreign policy objectives. This is not another cataloging of the offenses and blunders committed by George W. Bush, but a lively chronicle of the systematic power plays which have effectively wrenched power from citizens’ hands and made the world an increasingly unstable place to inhabit.
“Political campaigns are designed by the same industries that sell toothpaste and cars. It’s not an exaggeration they are run by the public relations industry… As for Bush’s ‘moral values,’ there’s an easy way to find out what they are, just read the business press the day after the election. It describes what is called the ‘euphoria’ in corporate boardrooms. And it’s not because CEO’s are opposed to gay marriage. If you want to learn more about Bush’s moral values just observe the principle, which is that costs are to be transferred to your children and your grandchildren… that’s environmental costs, fiscal costs and the rest… The point of the PR industry is to prevent you from seeing anything as obvious as that.” — from the CD.
Noam Chomsky is a world-renowned linguist, lecturer and key critic of US policy and authoritarian structures. He is the author of more than 100 books and 10 spoken word CDs.