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Noam Chomsky Looks at How the System Is Rigged to Ensure That Corporations Always Win


The philosopher’s new book, “Requiem for the American Dream: The Ten Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power,” is a primer in his analysis of the faults of the American political and economic system.

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Beyond the Madness of King Donald


The sooner Donald Trump is removed from the White House, the better. But we need a radical reorganizing of our national institutions.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: The Most Remarkable Thing About 2016 Election Was Bernie Sanders, Not Trump (Video)

In a BBC “Newsnight” interview, the renowned linguist (pictured) talks about the Democrats’ betrayal of the working class and Sanders’ incredible feat of breaking with “a century of U.S. history.”

Posted on May 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Many-Sided, Overlapping Meanings of May Day


The working-class holiday has Marxist and anarchist industrial-era roots, but the significance of May 1 goes deeper than that.

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Chomsky on GOP: Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth? (Video)

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman asks the social critic and linguist to elaborate on his views about the Republican Party, North Korea and more.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky: The Real Effect of the Recent U.S. Bombings in Syria and Afghanistan (Video)

The social critic and linguist comments, “In our culture and society, it’s considered very courageous to send a huge bomb somewhere”—but the consequences may not be those intended.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky Assesses Trump’s First 75 Days: ‘One Crazy Thing After Another’ (Video)

The acclaimed author and political commentator talks about Russia, nuclear disarmament, Trump’s Cabinet and ways the administration is turning America “into a laughingstock.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky: Why Trump Is Pushing the Doomsday Clock to the Brink of Midnight


The linguist and political commentator discusses the U.S. president, Russia, history and the future in a recent interview. (Pictured, two scientists at a Jan. 26 news conference.)

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Chomsky: If Trump Falters With Supporters, a ‘Staged or Alleged’ Terrorist Attack Could Follow


The linguist and social critic discusses the president’s agenda and warns about the scapegoating of vulnerable people.

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Noam Chomsky: Democracy Is Staged With the Help of Media Working as Propaganda Machines (Video)

In an illustrated clip for Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman explains the linguist’s theory on the five filters of the mass-media machine that manufacture Americans’ consent.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is Calling for the Virtual Destruction of the Species (Video)

In a recently published clip, the renowned linguist comments on Donald Trump’s consistency and the GOP’s plans for the planet.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Building the Institutions for Revolt


We must form our own new structures and carry out continual mass protest and civil disobedience to wrest back power from the corporate state.

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Noam Chomsky’s Bold Request Before President Obama Leaves Office (Video)


The public intellectual released a video Friday saying that “President Obama should issue a general pardon to undocumented immigrants.”

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Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth 2016: Some Chomsky, Some Comedy and a Whole Lot of Politics

Our list of the 10 most-viewed A/V Booth posts includes quite a variety of figures, but there’s a constant throughout: the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Dec 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Best of Truthdig’s Live Blogs 2016: First Drafts of History Bring Shock, Sadness and Hope


Republican and Democratic conventions. Primary and presidential nominee debates. The Pulse club mass shooting. The #NoDAPL fight. Some of the stories we covered in real time this year were long-scheduled. Other news was unforeseen, unfolding—some even ongoing.

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The Rise of Bernie Sanders and His ‘Revolution’ Sparks Déjà Vu in the ‘Third World’


Michael Manley of Jamaica and others pushed decades ago for progressive change to end the systems of subjugation in their countries. But that will remain tough to achieve until it is accomplished in the U.S.

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Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte Talk About Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, the KKK and More (Video)

The two activists shared a platform on Dec. 4 in New York, where they joined Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now!

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot


The groundbreaking musician sang about revolution against an unfair global system and nearly paid with his life in 1976. In the U.S., the rise of Bernie Sanders gives reason to believe Americans are becoming aware of the changes that Marley envisioned.

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Noam Chomsky: ‘Most Predictable Aspect of Trump Is Unpredictability’—It’s ‘Very Dangerous’ (Video)

The renowned linguist offers a powerful assessment of the next president, explaining that while it is still unclear what Donald Trump will actually do, he is, in Chomsky’s words, an “ignorant, thin-skinned megalomaniac.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky: Those Who Failed to Recognize Trump as the Greater Evil Made ‘a Bad Mistake’


The renowned leftist scholar says voters did not need to ignore Hillary Clinton’s serious shortcomings to recognize her rival as the much more serious threat.

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Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky


Chomsky warned years ago that the U.S. was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian. Now he speaks about the election, the state of the U.S. political system and the threat Donald Trump poses to the world.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

It’s Worse Than You Think


The election of Donald Trump, whose appeal to voters is based on magical thinking, paves the way for the rise of a police state unlike anything seen in American history. Its fangs will appear the moment Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed.

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Ralph Nader and Noam Chomsky Have Their First Public Conversation (Video)

The renowned activists discuss America’s current “electoral extravaganza,” climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and several other topics.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky: Trump Voters Are ‘Furious’ Because ‘Everything’s Been Taken Away From Them’ (Video)

During the recent presidential primaries, the renowned linguist discussed the “generalized rage” and “deep concern” that fueled Donald Trump’s rise, insight which is worth recalling as Election Day draws near.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky: Calling Someone ‘Anti-American’ Is a Classic Technique of Social Control (Video)

By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

“You might take a look at that word ‘Americanism,’ ” says the renowned linguist. “It’s the kind of term that you only find in totalitarian societies.”

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Brazilian Senate Impeaches Dilma Rousseff


The Brazilian president was ousted “by the country’s corruption-tainted senate” after a trial that ends the 13-year rule of the Workers’ Party, The Guardian reports.

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Naomi Klein, Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Others Condemn ‘Coup’ in Brazil


“Brazil has only emerged from dictatorship some 30 years ago and these events could set back the country’s progress towards social and economic inclusion by decades.”  (Pictured, Klein and Stone.)

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky Is Sick of Hearing About the Robot Takeover (Video)

By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

The renowned MIT professor, having heard for 60 years about the threat of supercomputers, says to come back to him when robots are as creative as a 4-year-old.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky and Over 100 Intellectuals Denounce ‘Savage’ Media Treatment of Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn


“We do not expect journalists to give any elected leader an easy ride,” they wrote in a letter published by The Guardian, “but Corbyn has been treated from the start as a problem to be solved rather than as a politician to be taken seriously.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE

Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, and the Prospects for Survival


For nearly 70 years, security for the human population has not been a leading concern of policymakers.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE

Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance


It has become increasingly clear that it is the younger generation that will save us all.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: The Majority of Today’s Elected Democrats Are Moderate Republicans (Videos)


According to the renowned linguist and activist, America is a two-party state, “but there’s only one faction.”

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The Costs of Violence: Masters of Mankind (Part 2)


Returning to the opening question “Who rules the world?” we might also want to pose another question: “What principles and values rule the world?”

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE

American Power Under Challenge: Masters of Mankind (Part 1)


We cannot gain a realistic understanding of who rules the world while ignoring the “masters of mankind,” as Adam Smith called them: in his day, the merchants and manufacturers of England; in ours, multinational conglomerates, huge financial institutions, retail empires and the like.

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Noam Chomsky Defends WikiLeaks and Declassifying Information (Video)


The renowned linguist and political commentator called WikiLeaks a “democratizing force” and said that its founder, Julian Assange, should be given a medal.

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Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. and British Invasion of Iraq Caused the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Video)

In a discussion with acTVism, the renowned linguist and political commentator offers context to the seemingly endless turmoil in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden


Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Ally David Brock Explains How Fox News Distorts the Media

In an exclusive clip from the forthcoming documentary “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” the political operative explains that Fox degrades other news organizations by forcing them to cope with misunderstanding that its stream of misinformation and skewed framing creates in the minds of consumers of mainstream news.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: 5 Reasons the ‘Human Species Is in Very Deep Trouble’ If Trump Wins


The renowned activist and linguist warns of the systematic threat Donald Trump would pose, from human rights to the environment.

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Chomsky: Trump’s Rise Is Due to the ‘Breakdown of Society’


MIT professor and intellectual Noam Chomsky compares the political environment that’s allowed Donald Trump to flourish with the Great Depression era of the 1930s, as “people feel isolated, helpless, victim of powerful forces that they do not understand and cannot influence.”

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VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders Is Not a Socialist, He’s a ‘Decent, Honest New-Dealer’

“If [Bernie Sanders] were elected, I think he’d be the one, from the current candidates ... with the best policies,” the renowned linguist and activist recently told Al-Jazeera.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky Calls GOP a ‘Danger to Human Survival’ and Sizes Up Bernie Sanders


The scholar, social critic, writer and political activist is making the rounds to give his views on the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

‘Stop Hate, Dump Trump’: Celebrities and Activists Join Campaign Against Donald Trump


Michael Moore, Kerry Washington, Noam Chomsky, Connie Britton, Rosanna Arquette, Reza Aslan, Ani DiFranco, Danny Glover and the playwright Eve Ensler are among the prominent public figures who have pledged to “speak out in every way possible” to prevent Trump from becoming the next president of the United States.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky Slams Turkish President for Arresting Academics and Supporting Extremism (Video)


President Tayyip Erdogan recently criticized Noam Chomsky and other international scholars who signed a petition against the Turkish government’s current vendetta against Kurdish-Turkish citizens in the country’s southeast.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE

The Great Forgetting


America’s refusal to fund and sustain its intellectual and cultural heritage has come with an enormous cost. We are now paying the bill.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE

2015 in Review: The Best Ear to the Ground Posts of the Year


As the countdown to the new year begins, we take a look at 2015’s most popular stories.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE

2015 in Review: The Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth Posts

From comedic clips about Edward Snowden and Donald Trump to illuminating interviews featuring Robert Scheer, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and Jimmy Carter, here are Truthdig readers’ favorite audiovisual posts from 2015.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Here’s What Noam Chomsky Really Thinks About the November Paris Attacks

When asked at a conference hosted by AcTVism Munich what European leaders should do in response to the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks on Paris, the renowned linguist raised a crucial question: “It depends what they want to do. Do they want to encourage further terrorism or do they want to end that kind of terrorism?”

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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