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New World Notes - Noam Chomsky on Capitalism, Democracy, and Environmental Catastrophe

03/19/2013 12:00 pm
03/19/2013 12:30 pm


This week on New World Notes: radio program #263, March 19, 2013, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst excerpts a recent talk by Noam Chomsky.

Invited to speak on "the future of capitalism," Chomsky first shows that the actual US economic system is very far from real "capitalism." And the political system in place is far from "democracy."

So Chomsky will discuss not actual capitalism or actual democracy but instead what he calls "really existing capitalist democracy"--the system that actually exists in the United States.

Alas, its future--and that of the planet--seem grim. Chomsky describes how--for the sake of short-term profit--the leaders of the most advanced (alleged) capitalist democracy in the world are working hard to bring about environmental catastrophe as rapidly as possible.

In this powerful and moving speech Chomsky again displays his typical clarity, mastery of fact, and deadpan ironic wit.

Chuck U. Rosina recorded this speech on location in Boston on February 25, 2013.

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "spreading chestnut tree") of WWUH-FM, a community service of the University of Hartford.

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Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want--and what they're trying to make us settle for.

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