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early at mit and i was. getting warmer i went everywhere activities for the last few years. noam chomsky has made 2 international reputation is going why does does is one of the national leaders of american resistance to the vietnam war the deepest is a professor of linguistics who before he was 40 is a transformed the nature of his subject. you are identified with a new level whatever that is you certainly have been an activist as well as a writer. has a lot of times. and is listed in anybody's catalog monkey doesn't popular as of the new law. is dandy achieved by adopting over the past 2 or 3 years a series of adamant. rejecting at least american foreign policy at most america itself.
budget this notion that he american is quite an interesting one sashes to tell tarion notion it is used in free societies so if someone and say italy is criticizing barrels going me. corruption in the italian state and soon then a cold he. thinks they're cold indeed 10 people would collapse and laughter in the streets of. milan. to tell a terrorist states the notions used so in the old soviet union dissidents were told . that was the worst condemnation in the brazilian military dictatorship they were gold in any brazilian. it's true that in just reading every society the critics are malign. are mistreated different ways depending on the nature of
the society like them so it unions they will be imprisoned. in a us dependency like el salvador at the same time this counterforce a tether brains blown up by a us or a state terrorist worse than others is it just condemned their villa from the zone in the united states or one of the terms of abuses anti american and there's a couple of others like you know more cases there's an array of terms of abuse. of in the united states you have a very high degree of freedom and so if you're vilified by some commas or who cares to go on to your work anyway at least concepts only arise in a culture where if you criticize state power and when i state i mean. we're generally not just government but state corporate power if you criticize concentrated power you're against the society you're against the b.
the american dream mike many ideals was partly symbolic but partly real so in the 1950 s. and sixty's it was. the biggest growth period in. american economic history. gold paint. it was pretty kalak area and growth so the lowest 5th of the population was improving about as much as the upper 5th. and there were some welfare state measures which improved life for much of the population it was for example possible for a. black worker to get a decent job in an auto plant. get a core of children go to school and so on and the same across the board. when the u.s. was. primarily
a manufacturing center it had to be concerned with its own consumers here famously henry ford raise the salary of his workers who would be able to buy cars. when you're moving into an international tunnel me is the max like call it a little small percentage of the world's population that's a gathering increasing wealth what happens to american consumers that have much less concern because most of them aren't going to be consuming your products anyway at least on a major basis. your goals or profit in next quarter even it if it's based on financial manipulation and. high salary high bonuses produced overseas if you have to and produce for the wealthy classes here and their counterparts abroad what about the rest well there's a turn coming in to use. for them to as they're called the precariat. precarious
proletariat the working people of the world who live increasingly precarious lives . and it's related to the attitude toward the country altogether. during the period of great growth of the economy fifty's and sixty's but in fact earlier taxes on the wealthy were farai or corporate taxes were much higher taxes on dividends are much higher simply taxes on wealthier much rare the tax system has been redesigned so that the taxes that are paid by the very wealthy are reduced and cursed ponderingly the tax burden on the rest of the populations increased.
now the shift is towards trying to keep taxes just done and wages are not consumption which everyone has to do not say and dividends which i go to the ridge . the numbers are pretty striking. now there's a pretext of course there's always a pretext the pretext in this case is well that increases investment in increases jobs but there isn't any evidence for that if you want to increase investment give money to the poor in the working people they have to keep alive so they spend their incomes that stimulates production stimulates investment that leads to job growth and so much. if you're an ideologist for the masters you have a different line and in fact right now it's almost. their corporations have money
coming out of their pocket. so in fact general electric are paying 0 taxes and have enormous profits let them take the profits somewhere else or go for it but not pay taxes and this is. the major american corporations shift the burden of sustaining a society on to the rest of the population. solidarity is quite dangerous from the point of view of the masters you're only supposed to care about yourself and not about other people this is quite different from the people they claim are their heroes like adam smith who based is whole
approach to the economy on the principle that sympathy is a fundamental human trait but that has to be driven out of people's heads gotta be for yourself father while maxon don't care about others which is ok for the rich and powerful but is devastating for everyone else. going to take a whole lot of effort to try to drive these basic human emotions out of people's heads. and we see it today in policy for measure for example in the attack on social security. social security is based on a principle it's based on a principle of solidarity saw bury it in caring for others. a social security means i pay payroll taxes so that the widow across town
can get something to live upon. much of the population that's what they survive and . it's of no use to the very rich so therefore there's a concerted attempt to destroy it. one of the ways is defunding it you want to destroy some system 1st the fund. then it will work people be angry they want something else that's a standard technique for. privatizing some system. we see it in the attack on public schools and public schools are based on the principle of solidarity. i no longer have children in school they're grown up but the principle of solidarity says i happily pay taxes so that the kid across the street can go to school that's normal human emotion that it drives it out of people's heads i don't have kids in school why should i pay taxes privatized it so
on. the public education system all the way from kindergarten to higher education is under severe attack i mean that's one of the jewels of americans say. go back to the golden age again the great chris period in the fifty's and sixty's a lot of that is based on free public education. and one of the results of the 2nd world war was the g.i. bill right which enabled veterans remember that's a large part of the population and to go to college they would have been able to do otherwise of the century and free education where a community is date or nation regularly invest the time you'll share that resources in education the investment invariably returned and better business and
a higher standard of living u.s. is way in the lead in developing. extensive education at every level. but now more than half the states most of the funding for the colleges comes from 2 issues not from the state radical change that's a terrible burden on students it means that students if they don't come from very wealthy families they're going to leave college with big debt and if you have the dead you're trapped i mean maybe you wanted to become a lawyer but you're going to have to go into a corporate law firm to pay off those dead by the time you're part of the culture you know you are going to get out of it again and that's true cross the board.
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in the 1950 s. it was a much poorer society today but no the us could easily handle centrally free mass higher education today a much richer society kline's dozen of the resources for. that just what's going on right before. that's the general attack on the principles that i mean not only are they. you made there the basis of fleet of prosperity and health of this society.
if you look over the history of regulation say a railroad regulation financial regulation and so on and you find that quite commonly it's it's either initiated by the economic. concentrations that are being regulated or it's supported by them and the reason is because they know that sooner or later they can take over the regulators. and it ends up with what's called regulatory capture. the business being regulated is in fact running the regulators. bank lobbyists are actually writing the laws of financial regulation gets to that extreme. and that's been happening through history and again it's
a pretty natural tendency when you just look at the distribution of power. one of the things that expanded enormously in the 1970 s. is lobbying as the business world moved sharply to try to control legislation. business where it was pretty upset by the advances in a public welfare in the sixty's and in particular by richard nixon and it's not to will understand that but he was the last new deal president and they regarded that as class treachery. and nixon's administration you get the consumer safety legislation safety and health regulations in the workplace the e.p.a. the environmental protection agency. business didn't like it of course they didn't like that taxes. they didn't like the regulation and they began a coordinated effort to try to overcome it. lobbying sharply increase the
regulation and begin with the rule ferocity. there were no financial crashes in the fifty's and the sixty's because the regulatory apparatus of the new deal was still in place. as a pm to be dismantled under business pressure and political pressure. to get more and more crashes. and it goes on through the years. seventy's sort of starts begin. eighty's really takes off congress was asked to approve federal loan guarantees to the auto companies about the want and want to have a $1000000000.00 and all of this is quite safe as long as you know the government's going to come to your rescue so takes a break and instead of letting them pay the cost break and build out the banks like continental the biggest bailout of american history at the time that she ended his
term with so the huge financial crisis the savings and loan crisis and the government moved in and build it out for a family didn't really understand it or got it if a very fair lady they are going to be 99 regulation with us dismantled to separate commercial banks from investment banks. and then come see bush and obama bill and bear stearns is running to the feds to stay afloat president bush today defended the decision to bail out citigroup fannie mae and freddie macin asked for a total i mean $1000000000.00 more to sail out could get much bigger billing even in troubles for the u.s. economy. and they're building up the next term.
b. each time the taxpayer is called on to bail out those who created the crisis increasingly the major financial institutions. in a capitalist economy you would do that in a capitalist system that would worry about the investors who made risky investments but the rich and powerful they don't want a capitalist system they want to be able to run to the nanny state as soon as they're in trouble and get billed a taxpayer it's called the too big to fail. i mean there are no will or it's an economic sue significantly disagree with the course that we're following people like just stiglitz paul krugman others none of them were even approached the people picked to fix the crisis were those who created the robert rubin crowd the goldman sachs croak they created the crisis are no more powerful than before is that accident well not when you pick those people to create an economic plan and then
what do you expect to happen. been well for the poor let market principles prevail don't expect any help from the government the government the problem not the solution and so on that's essentially neo liberalism and it's has this dual character which goes right back in economic history one set of rules for the rich opposite set of rules for the poor. and nothing surprising about this exactly the dynamics you expect if the population allows it to proceed just going to go on and on like this until the next crash which is so much expected that credit agencies which kind of evaluate the. status of firms are now counting into their calculations the taxpayer bailout that they expect to come
in after the next crash which means that the beneficiaries of these credit ratings like the big banks they can borrow money more cheaply they can push out smaller competitors and you get more and more concentration everywhere you look policies are done this way which should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that's what happens when you put power into the hands of a narrow sector of will which will is dedicated to increasing power for itself just as you'd expect. be. a. concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. particularly so as the cost of elections skyrockets which kind of forces the
political parties into the pockets of major corporations. the citizens united this was january 2009 i guess that's a very important decisions prim court decision but it has a history and you've got to think about the history. of 14th amendment has a provision that says no person's rights can be infringed without due process of law. and the intent clearly was to protect freed slaves said ok they have got the protection of the law i don't think it's ever been used for freed slaves if ever marginally almost immediately it was used for businesses corporations their rights can't be infringed without due process of law so they gradually became persons under the law. corporations or state created legal fictions. maybe they're
good maybe they're bed but to call them persons is kind of rages so they get got personal rights back about a century ago and that extended through the 20th century. as they give corporations rights way beyond what persons have so if say general motors invests in mexico they get national rights the rights of the mexican business well the notion of person was expanded to include corporations it was also restricted if you take the 14th amendment literally that no undocumented alien can be deprived of rights if they're persons. undocumented aliens who are living here and building their buildings clear lawns and so on they're not persons . but general electric is a person. an immortal super powerful person this perversion of the
young elementary morality and the obvious meaning of the law is quite incredible. in the 1970 s. the courts decided that money is a form of speech. but the 1st value and then you one through the years to citizens united which says that the right of free speech of corporations namely spend as much money they want can't be curtailed. take a look what that means it means that corporations which anyway have been pretty much buying elections are now free to do it with virtually no constraint as tremendous attack on the residue of democracy. very interesting to read the rulings like justice kennedy's swing vote his ruling said well look after all the c.b.s.
is given freedom of speech there are corp why shouldn't general electric be free to spend as much when is that one. i mean it's true that c.b.s. has given treat of speech but they're supposed to be performing a public service that's why and that's what the press is supposed to be a general electorate is trying to make money for the chief executive some of the shareholders. sitting critical decisions and it puts the country in a position where business power is greatly extended beyond what it always was this is part of the vicious cycle the supreme court justices are put in by reactionary presidents who get in there because they're funded by business and that's the way the cycle works. one of the things that i started to realize is that the noise in my head is it me i
started the practice of organizing my wife around what i wanted my life to be about even when it conflicted with my internal knowledge so you know i wrote a book but in my head i'm not smart enough people like me don't write books. but what i held myself to it was the action and i started to notice that i could co-exist with it while still living a life that went beyond. in the troubled 19 seventies a group of killers rampage through parts of northern ireland that was coordinated loyalists attacks to take me on the population of belfast tens of thousands were forced to flee their homes a mobile strike in a plate these attacks was at the r.u.c. the police. they took part in the attacks so instead of presenting they were active participants in the burning of coal streets in belfast take more than
headlines an artsy berlijn react angrily to the latest u.s. sanctions on russia is now a string of some gas pipeline to germany branding it an interference in domestic affairs that is the project's main swiss contract to pull over washington's tough penalties all sides of the us school rules it is ok for american spy agencies to collect data on citizens without warrants if done by accident as the lessons of the n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden has lifted the lid on u.s. mass surveillance seem to have been forgotten. can you tell us who edward snowden. wait a 2nd stone's not the. not the brooks the guy that he the summary information .