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Noam Chomsky

  • Noam Chomsky on the path to a livable future

    For the past several decades, Noam Chomsky has been one of the most forceful and persuasive voices confronting injustice, inequity, and the threat posed by human-caused climate chaos. Stan Cox was eager to know Chomsky’s views on the roots of our current dire predicament and on humanity’s prospects for emerging from this crisis into a livable future. The text here is an abridged version of a conversation they had on October 1, 2021.

  • Three major threats to life on Earth that we must address in 2021

    Global problems of this scale require global cooperation. Nuclear annihilation and extinction by climate catastrophe are twin threats to the planet. Meanwhile, for victims of the neoliberal assault that has plagued the past generation, the short-term problems of sustaining their mere existence displace fundamental questions about the fate of our children and grandchildren.

  • The leading terrorist state

    President Obama should call our country’s history of supporting insurgents abroad for what it is: US-backed terrorism. To this we may add the world’s greatest terrorist campaign: Obama’s global project of assassination of “terrorists.” The “resentment-generating impact” of those drone and special-forces strikes should be too well known to require further comment. This is a record to be contemplated with some awe.

  • Imperial presidency, imperial sovereignty

    Without forgetting the very significant progress towards more civilized societies in past years, and the reasons for it, let’s focus nevertheless on the present, and on the notions of imperial sovereignty now being crafted. It is not surprising that, as the population becomes more civilized, power systems become more extreme in their efforts to control the “great beast.” And the great beast is indeed frightening.

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