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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 18, 2009April 18, 3-5pm, Left Forum 2009, Pace University (across from City Hall), One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. http://www.leftforum.org/. For more information, click below.