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Chomsky: It Is All Working Quite Well for the Rich, Powerful

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ttosca Sun 08-Dec-13 18:20:11

Thought this interview might be interesting to those interested in politics and in understanding the mechanisms and effects of 'globalization' and 'neo-liberalism':

Very clear and straightforward.

This is a shorter and slightly revised version of an interview with Noam Chomsky which appeared on Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Syriza-aligned paper Avgi in Greece.

MamaMumra Mon 09-Dec-13 03:41:51

Thanks for this. Just read it.

ttosca Mon 09-Dec-13 09:23:44


claig Mon 09-Dec-13 10:05:25

Interesting article. Talks about elites etc, identifies many of the problems, but doesn't appear to offer any solutions that I could see.

claig Mon 09-Dec-13 10:13:22

He also says that the term 'neoliberalism' is a myth. He seems to imply that the system is really a crooked stitch-up by the elite.

"The term neoliberal is a bit misleading. The doctrines are neither new, nor liberal. As you say, big business and the rich rely extensively on what economist Dean Baker calls "the conservative nanny state" that they nourish."

ttosca Mon 09-Dec-13 10:42:42

Chomsky is an anarchist.

His solution is to abolish Capitalism and hierarchical power structures as as much as possible.

claig Mon 09-Dec-13 11:00:21

Oh, I didn't realise that.
I don't like anarchy, that just leads to rule by a brutal elite who seize power and don't believe in justice.

ttosca Tue 10-Dec-13 19:16:17

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ttosca Tue 10-Dec-13 19:18:43

And in any case, anarchists are against state power. That's the number on core belief of anarchism - the utter devolution of power.

That is where they differ from communists believe seizing state power is necessary to enact change, after which it will be used to the service of the working class, and then eventually 'dissolve itself', anarchists believe that seizing state power will inevitably lead to one ruling elite being replaced by another.

JulieJingleBellsMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 10-Dec-13 19:45:31

Talk guidelines, people. Talk guidelines. wink

ttosca Tue 10-Dec-13 21:28:48

But mom!...

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