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Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, et al.: Dump Trump, Then Battle Biden

Ending the Trump presidency is, by far, the most important goal that can be achieved between now and January

September 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, Wynton Marsalis, et al: A Letter on Justice and Open Debate

As writers we need a culture that leaves us room for experimentation, risk taking, and even mistakes. We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences.

July 9, 2020 · 4 Comments

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency

In this interview, Chomsky provides insight on how we can best grapple with the current moment – and prepare for the sobering future.

June 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

Mary Beaudoin: How the Empire Gets Away With Expanding (Some Observations)

“This is the secret of propaganda: those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing they are immersed … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Noam Chomsky: The Failure of Mainstream Media in the United States

Of all Trump’s policies, the one that is the most dangerous and destructive, in fact poses an existential threat, is his policies on climate change, on global warming. That’s really … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: In Praise of Teachers

At almost 74, of all the people in my life, it may be the teachers I remember most vividly. Mrs. Kelly, my first grade teacher (who began it all); my … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky and Martin Luther King on building a resistance movement

. . As widespread oppression and violence rise up, people of good conscience wonder what we can do to help move the country in the right direction. It is natural … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Noam Chomsky: On Trump and the State of the Union

Over the past few months, as the disturbing prospect of a Trump administration became a disturbing reality, I decided to reach out to Noam Chomsky, the philosopher whose writing, speaking … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky — Ticking Towards Midnight

. In this brief excerpt from a recent interview, the renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky answers the question: Where in history are we now? According to Chomsky, climate change and nuclear … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Noam Chomsky — The Five Filters of the Mass Media Machine (animated)

. According to American linguist and political activist, Noam Chomsky, media operate through 5 filters: ownership, advertising, the media elite, flak and the common enemy.  In this short animated film, … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Noam Chomsky: Why People Love To Talk About Sports

When I’m driving, I sometimes turn on the radio and I find very often that what I’m listening to is a discussion of sports. These are telephone conversations. People call … Continue reading

January 7, 2017 · 3 Comments

Noam Chomsky: The Doomsday Clock

Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, and the Prospects for Survival [This essay is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books).] In January 2015, the Bulletin of … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Noam Chomsky: The Costs of Violence

Masters of Mankind (Part 2) [This piece, the second of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books). Part 1 can be found … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Noam Chomsky: American Power Under Challenge

Masters of Mankind (Part 1) [This piece, the first of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books). Part 2 will be posted … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

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