Posts tagged “noam chomsky”
August 20, 2013
This past June, CNN asked its readers to decide which five of twenty possible stories columnist John Sutter would cover in his Change the List Project. With 16,789 votes, first place went to “America’s widening rich-poor gap.”
Sutter says, “I love that each of these stories was chosen by you. I see that as a mandate of sorts. When journalists pitch big projects they sometimes wonder, ‘Is this really the best use of my time?’ I don’t have those doubts with Change the List. I know I’m working on your behalf — on the topics you’ve deemed most important.” Those of us at Seven Stories are encouraged that the public is so interested in income inequality; we think it’s pretty important too.
As Sutter begins researching his series, he’s asking the public again for help. This time, he wants help compiling a list of approximately 100 “must reads” on the subject of income inequality.
Tags: Adbusters, Change the List, class, CNN, Income inequality, John Sutter, Kalle Lasn, Memewars, Must-Reads, noam chomsky, only the super-rich can save us, profit over people, ralph nader, sam pizzigati, seven stories press, The Rich Don't Always Win
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.
May 7, 2013
Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics is on sale today!
Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson, the creative team behind the progressive comic strip “Green Benches,” have united once more to bring us Parecomic—the story of political and economic revolutionary Michael Albert and his ideas for an alternative to capitalism.Noam Chomsky, in his first ever introduction for a graphic novel, calls the book and its message “a vital stimulus for the activist engagement that contemporary society desperately needs if urgent problems are to be confronted seriously and constructively.”
Michael Albert has spent years developing an alternative economic vision, called “participatory economics,” and Parecomic outlines the principles of Albert’s ideas in a dynamic and accessible fashion, with appearances from Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and the ghost of Karl Marx. Albert has traveled around the globe for more than thirty years to investigate working conditions, political movements, and alternative systems of management and compensation.
September 27, 2012
Noam Chomsky, known throughout the world for his political and philosophical writings as well as for his groundbreaking linguistics work, is the Inaugural recipient being honored with at the People Before Profits! dinner, awards celebration, and fundraiser Thursday, September 27th at 5:30pm, hosted by the Center for Popular Economics. The celebratin will include Noam Chomsky as the keynote speaker, lively discussion, inspirational speakers, and a delicious dinner. Ticket prices range from $75-150. To reserve yours, visit Brown Paper Tickets.
Following the celebration dinner, Noam Chomsky will be giving a public talk, Who Owns the World? Resistance & Ways Forward, at the Fine Arts Center. You can reserve up to two seats call the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS outside the local calling area, Monday-Friday from 10am to 6pm (suggested donation $10).
To learn more about these events, sponsored by Center for Popular Economics, visit the events page.
January 30, 2012"Howard's remarkable life and work are summarised best in his own words. His primary concern, he explained, was 'the countless small actions of unknown people' that lie at the roots of 'those great moments' that enter the historical record." -- Noam Chomsky
October 17, 2011
There will be a terrific event centered around a dialogue between Noam Chomsky and Fred Wilcox on Monday, October 17th. Noam Chomsky is the author, among other works, of 9-11: Was There An Alternative?, and Fred Wilcox is the author of the work Scorched Earth, which questions the legacy of chemical warfare in Vietnam.
The event will be a colloquy and book-signing at The Housing Works Thrift Store at 4pm.
Housing Works is located at 2569 Broadway (near 96th Street) NY NY 10025.
October 17, 2011Vietnam War scholar Fred Wilcox talks about the effects of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people and their environment. Even today, more than 3 million people—including 500,000 children—are sick and dying from birth defects, cancer, and other illnesses that can be directly traced to Agent Orange/dioxin exposure. Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam, the first book to examine long-term consequences of chemical warfare there, and the effects on future generations. Listen to the interview here or download the audio. Monday, October 17, 2011, Fred Wilcox will be in conversation with Noam Chomsky at Housing Works at 4pm.
October 11, 2011"9-11 is a crash course in America’s terrorism against inconvenient regimes, and a primer in the ways that those in power have misled the American public by suggesting that September 11 happened in a vacuum."
September 15, 2011"The likely perpetrators are a category of their own, but uncontroversially, they draw support from a reservoir of bitterness and anger over U.S. policies in the region, extending those of earlier European masters. There certainly is an issue of 'political authority and power.'"
September 13, 2011