New World Notes - Noam Chomsky: Three Short Talks
This week on New World Notes: radio program #245, November 13, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst excerts three talks by Noam Chomsky.
Most of Chomsky's public speeches are brilliant, erudite, judicious, intricately constructed...and long. Each resists excerpting, and it resists being heard in installments. You really have to listen to it all at once, in one sitting. Chomsky admirers without an hour to spare are usually out of luck.
But in March 2011, in London, Chomsky agreed to answer questions on current affairs submitted by six notable writers. He responded to each question with a spontaneous, unrehearsed mini-lecture. Each of these six talks is fairly brief--no more than 10 minutes--but otherwise classical Chomsky.
We heard one a few months back (on the "Arab Spring"), and this week we'll hear three more. Chomsky discusses (1) how intellectuals almost always support Established Power, (2) how the U.S. got into our current economic mess, and (3) what are the best solutions to the crisis of Palestine.
If you're new to Chomsky, these three talks make a good introduction to one of America's best political thinkers. And if you're not new to him...here's a nice treat.
The audio is taken from a 45-minute video. I have gently edited the passages I selected (mostly removing hesitations and stumbles). The complete video is available from The Internet Archive.
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