Saturday, November 10, 2012

Noam Chomsky: Three Short Talks

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 45 -- November 10, 2012

This week in New World Notes, radio program #245, November 13, 2012

Noam Chomsky:
Three Short Talks

Most of Noam Chomsky's public speeches are brilliant, erudite, judicious, intricately constructed ... and long. Each resists excerpting, and it resists being heard in installments. You really have to listen to it all at once, in one sitting.

Chomsky admirers with half-hour radio programs are usually out of luck.

But in March 2011, in London, Chomsky agreed to answer questions on current affairs submitted by six notable writers. He responded to each question with a spontaneous, unrehearsed mini-lecture. Each of these six talks is fairly brief--no more than 10 minutes--but otherwise classical Chomsky.

We heard one a few months back (on the "Arab Spring"), and this week we'll hear three more. Chomsky discusses
  • how intellectuals almost always support Established Power
  • how the U.S. got into our current economic mess
  • what are the best solutions to the crisis of Palestine
If you're new to Chomsky, these three talks make a good introduction to one of America's best political thinkers. And if you're not new to him ... here's a nice treat.

Notes, credits, & links

The audio is taken from a 45-minute video. I have gently edited the passages I selected (mostly removing hesitations and stumbles). The complete video is available from The Internet Archive. 

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