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Noam Chomsky on Secret Trade Deals, Killing Polio Workers, Fighting for the Commons in Turkey & the Heroism of Bradley Manning
June 20, 2013
What do Takism Square, Google Glass, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NSA data gathering have in common? Find out in this interview with Noam Chomsky.
Here are some highlights:
On the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the pending trade deal critics are calling “NAFTA on steroids”:
“These are patent rules so high, if they’d existed in 19th century the US would be an agricultural producer today… What we now call “piracy” is the way the rich countries developed. There’s a phrase for it in trade theory: kicking away the ladder. First you violate all the rules, then by the time you get rich you kick away the ladder so others can’t do it too and you preach about ‘free trade.’”
On the “war on terror”:
“The way they tracked Osama bin Laden was by a fake vaccination campaign…a grotesque violation of Hippocratic oath. One of the consequences right away was attacks on polio vaccination workers… One of these days, someone’s going to point to a child sitting in a wheel chair and say ‘you did it to him.’”
On Google Glass: “A dream that Orwell couldn’t have concocted.
April 17, 2013
The struggle against inequality continues as Tax Day highlighted just how little the wealthiest Americans pay in taxes. Sam Pizzigati, author of the recently released, The Rich Don’t Always Win, talked with Laura Flanders about the battle against plutocracy that everyday Americans waged in the first half of the 20th century, when the upper class ruled and inequality was at its peak. Pizzigati compares 2007, the year before the financial meltdown, when the richest 400 people were taxed just 16.6% of their total income (which averaged $345 million), to 1955 when the richest 400 paid 51.2% of their total income (after exploiting all the loopholes).
It’s almost laugh-out-loud ridiculous to think that in the 1950s the top tax bracket was 91% on those making over 200,000 a year. But the 1950s were times of great prosperity, and it was because of the little guys fighting for economic equality, over many decades, that progressive taxes were implemented.
January 17, 2012
December 10, 2009On December 10, actors Harris Yulin and Q’orianka Kilcher joined GRITtv to talk about The People Speak, Howard Zinn, and the experience of bringing Voices of a People's History to life. See the video below.
December 2, 2009Daybreak author David Swanson stormed through New York yesterday with two appearances: one on GritTV with Laura Flanders, the other at McNally Jackson Books with John Nichols and Mark Crispin Miller. Check out video of both below.
October 7, 2009On October 6, David Swanson talked to GRITtv by phone regarding his arrest, along with 61 other protesters, at the White House on Monday. Included is footage of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs denying that the president knew about the protest and the arrest — and David Swanson's opinion about whether or not the press secretary is telling the truth.