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yes i'm saying that the static. and the cell phones and how much that you don't need to say that there was stuff was not. on chance am i unfairly at mit and i think. getting more heavily involved in a war activities for the last few years. noam chomsky has made to international reputation school wide as does one of the national leaders of american resistance to the vietnam war the deepest is
a professor of linguistics who before he was forty is wrote to transform the major of his subject. you are identified with a new level whatever that is you certainly have been an activist as well as a writer. has a lot of times. it is based in anybody's catalogue among the half dozen top euros of the new left. this dandy achieved by adopting over the past two or three years a series of adamant. projecting at least american foreign policy at most itself. but actually this notion. but an interesting one so she has to tell tearing. it is used intrusive. so soon and say italy is criticizing bill.
it's going to me or the corruption of the italian state and so on than a cold area ten six they were called india today and people would collapse and tearing states the notion to use so in the old soviet union dissidents were called anti soviet that was the worst condemnation. of the brazilian military dictatorship they were gold in any brazilian. no it's true that in just about every society the critics are maligned. or mistreated different ways depending on the nature of the society like in soviet union say will be imprisoned. in the u.s. dependency like el salvador at same time his counterparts heather brains blown out by a u.s. run state terrorist worse. than others is it just condemned their villa from the zone that in the united states or one of the terms of abuse is anti american and
there's a couple of others like you know more cases there's an array of terms of abuse. of in the united states you have a very high degree of freedom and so if you're vilified by some commas or other who cares to go on to your work anyway these concepts only arise in a culture where if you criticize state power and when i state i mean. we're generally not just government but state corporate power if you criticize concentrated power you're against the society here against the people it's quite strict in there it's used in the united states i think for now the only democratic society where the concept isn't just ridicule and it's a sign of. elements of the elite culture which are the point the glee.
the american dream mike many ideals was partly symbolic but partly real so in the one nine hundred fifty s. and sixty's it was in the biggest growth period in the. american economic history. the gold paint. it was pretty gala carrion growth so the lowest fifth of the population was improving about as much as the
upper fifth. and there were some welfare state measures which improved life for much of the population it was for example possible for a. black worker to get a decent job in an auto plant. get a core of children go to school and so on and the same across the board. when the u.s. was. primarily a manufacturing center it had to be concerned with its own consumers here famously henry ford raised the salary of his workers who would be able to buy cars. when you're moving into an international plutonic me as the banks like to call it but a small percentage of the world's population. and that's
a gathering increasing wealth what happens to american consumers of much less concern because most of them aren't going to be consuming your products anyway at least on a major basis. your goals or profit in next quarter even it is it's based on financial manipulation and. high salary high bonuses produce overseas if you have to and produce for the wealthy classes here and their counterparts abroad what about the rest well there's a term coming into use for them too as they're called the precariat. precarious proletariat the working people of the world who live increasingly precarious lives . and it's related to the attitude toward the country all together. during the period of great taxes on the wealthy were far higher corporate taxes were much higher taxes on dividends are much higher that simply taxes on wealthier
much rare the tax system has been redesigned a so that the taxes that are paid by the very wealthy are reduced and cursed ponderingly the tax burden on the rest of the populations increased. now the shift is towards trying to keep taxes adjust done and wages are not consumption which everyone has to do not say and dividends which i go to the rich. the numbers are pretty striking. now there's a pretext. of course there's always
a pretext the pretext in this case is well that increases investment and increases jobs but there isn't any evidence for that if you want to increase investment give money to the poor and the working people they have to keep alive so they spend their incomes and that stimulates production stimulates investment that leads to job growth and so. if you're an ideologist for the masters you have a different line and in fact right now it's almost absurd and corporations have money coming out of their pocket. so in fact general electric are paying zero taxes and they have enormous profits let's take the profits somewhere else or the for it but not pay taxes and this is. the major american corporations shift the burden of sustaining a society on to the rest of the population.
solidarity is quite dangerous from the point of view of the masters you're only supposed to care about yourself and not about other people this is quite different from the people they claim are their heroes like adam smith who based is whole approach to the economy on the principle that sympathy is a fundamental human trait but that has to be driven out of people's heads gotta be for yourself father while maxon don't care about others which is ok for the rich and powerful but is devastating for everyone else. going to take a whole lot of effort to try to drive these basic human emotions out of people's heads. and we see it today in policy formation
for example in the attack on social security. social security is based on a principle it's based on a principle of solidarity saw bury it in caring for others. a social security means i pay payroll taxes so that the widow across town can get something to live on. much of the population that's what they survive and. it's of no use to the very rich so therefore there's a concerted attempt to destroy it. one of the ways is defunding it you want to destroy some system first the fund. then a more work people be angry they want something else that's a standard technique for. private eyes exam system.
we see it in the attack on public schools and public schools are based on the principle of solidarity. i no longer have children in school or grown up but the principle of solidarity says i happily pay taxes so that the kid across the street can go to school that's normal human emotion that it drives it out of people's heads i don't have kids in school why should i pay taxes privatized it so on. the public education system all the way from kindergarten to higher education is under severe attack i mean that's one of the jewels of american society. go back to the golden age again the great growth period in the fifty's and sixty's a lot of that is based on free public education. and one of the results of the
second world war was the g.i. bill right which enabled veterans remember that's a large part of the population and to go to college they would have been able to do otherwise of the century and free education where a community's date or nation regularly invest substantial share of it resources in education the investment invariably returned in better business and a higher standard of living u.s. was way in the lead in developing. extensive mass public interest ation and every little. bit now more than half the states most of the funding for the colleges comes from tuitions not from the state it's a radical change and that's a terrible burden on students and it means that students if they don't come from very wealthy families they're going to leave college with big debt and if you're a big dead you're trapped i mean maybe you wanted to become a public interest lawyer but you're going to have to go into
a corporate law firm to pay off those debts and by the time you're part of the culture you know you are going to get out of it again and that's true cross the board. breaks it count down tonality. wrong. roll just don't call. me. yet to stamp out this thing to come at a call and engagement equals betrayal. when someone find themselves while the party going just on the for common ground. as an officer of them live in toyota to get up off the ground yasser began to pay them down. here and then freeze on the sounds of an mit grown man in the
christening essentially the officer of the bag up here isn't it john in the way the visual through which they go away from the office or the bit ahead of his crew. they obviously did they kind of lunge for the web in one's midst and there would have been done she swung at the observations didn't hit him i never saw any contact with you any kind of back to where they were so the answer is back here they're try again fifteen feet apart at this point and that's when the officer his gun even turned three. his trumps america first agenda isolating the united states on the global stage sure looks like it and is the new telling its citizens what to think again sure looks like it.
in the one nine hundred fifty s. it was a much poorer society today but nevertheless could easily centrally free mass higher education today a much richer society one dozen of the research for. that just what's going on right before our eyes and it's the general attack on the principles that. i mean not only are the humane they're the basis of the prosperity and health of this society.
if you look over the history of regulation say the railroad regulation financial regulation and so on and you find that quite commonly it's it's either initiated by the economic. concentrations that are being regulated or it's supported by them and the reason is because they know that sooner or later they can take over the regulators. and it ends up with what's called regulatory capture. the business being regulated is in fact running the regulators. bank lobbyists are actually writing the laws of financial regulation gets to that extreme. and that's been happening through history and again it's
a pretty natural tendency when you just look at the distribution of power. one of the things that expanded enormously in the one nine hundred seventy s. is lobbying as the business world moved sharply to try to control legislation. business world was pretty upset by the advances in a public welfare in the sixty's and in particular by richard nixon and it's not to will understand that but he was the last new deal president and they regarded that as class treachery. and nixon's administration you get the consumer safety legislation safety and health regulations in the workplace the e.p.a. the environmental protection agency. business didn't like it of course they didn't like that taxes. they didn't like the regulation and they began a coordinated effort to try to overcome it. lobbying sharply to increase deregulation began with the rule ferocity. there were no financial
crashes in the fifty's and the sixty's because the regulatory apparatus of the new deal was still in place. as a pm to be dismantled under business pressure and political pressure. to get more and more precious. seventy's sort of starts begin. eighty's really takes off congress was asked to approve federal loan guarantees to the auto companies of up to juan and one half billion dollars all of this is quite safe as long as you know the government's going to come to your rescue so it takes a reagan instead of letting them pay the cost in history at the time actually ended his term but it's a huge financial crisis the savings and loan crisis and the government moved in and build it out for a kind of three hundred in a guy or
a favorite and later they are in one thousand nine hundred ninety regulation worse dismantled to separate commercial banks from investment banks. and then come see bush and then obama bill and bear stearns is running to the feds to stay afloat president bush today defended the decision to bail out citi group that in may and freddie macin ask for a total after being million dollars more israel out could get much bigger than milling even in troubles for the u.s. economy. and they're building up the next term. b. each time the taxpayer is called on to bail out of those who created the crisis increasingly the major financial institutions. in
a capitalist economy you would do that in a capitalist system that would wipe out the investors who made risky investments but the rich and powerful they don't want a capitalist system they want to be able to run to the nanny state as soon as they're in trouble and get billed a taxpayer it's called the too big to fail. i mean there are no will or it's economics who significantly disagree with the course that we're following people like just stiglitz paul krugman others none of them were even approached the people picked to fix the crisis were those who created the robert rubin crowd the goldman sachs croak they created the crisis are no more powerful than before is that accident well not when you pick those people to create an economic plan and then what do you expect to happen. meanwhile for the poor
let market principles prevail don't expect any help from the government the government the problem not the solution and so on that's essentially neo liberalism . it's as it is dual character which goods were right back in economic history one set of rules for the rich opposite set of rules for the poor. and nothing surprising about this exactly the dynamics you expect if the population allows it to proceed just going to go on and on like this until the next crash which is so much expected that credit agencies which kind of evaluate this status of firms are now counting into their calculations the taxpayer bailout that they expect to come after the next crash. which means that the beneficiaries of these credit ratings like the big banks they can borrow money more cheaply they can push out smaller competitors and you get more and more concentration everywhere you look policies
are done this way which should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that's what happens when you put power into the hands of a narrow sector of will which will is dedicated to increasing power for itself just as you'd expect. be. concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. particularly so as the cost of elections skyrockets which kind of forces the political parties into the pockets of major corporations. the citizens united this was january two thousand and nine i guess that's
a very important decisions prim court decision but it has a history and you got to think about the history. of fourteenth amendment has a provision that says no person's rights can be infringed without due process of law. and the intent clearly was to protect freed slaves said ok they have got the protection of the law i don't think it's ever been used for freed slaves if ever marginally almost immediately it was used for businesses corporations there are rights can't be infringed without due process of law so they gradually became persons under the law. corporations are state created legal fictions. maybe they're good maybe they're bed but to call them persons is kind of rages so they get got personal rights back about
a century ago and that extended through the twentieth century. as they give corporations rights way beyond what persons have so if say general motors invests in mexico they get national rights the rights of the mexican business well the notion of person was expanded to include corporations it was also restricted if you take the fourteenth amendment literally that no undocumented alien can be deprived of rights if they're persons. undocumented aliens who are living here and building their buildings clear lawns and so on they're not persons . but general electric is a person an immortal super powerful person this perversion of the young elementary morality and the obvious meaning of the law is quite incredible.
in the one nine hundred seventy s. the courts decided that money is a form of speech. but the first well and then you won through the years to citizens united which says that the right of free speech is that corporations which anyway have been pretty much buying elections are now free to do it with virtually no constraint as tremendous attack on the rich three interesting to read the rulings like justice kennedy's swing vote his ruling said well look after all the c.b.s. is given freedom of speech there are. i mean it's true that c.b.s. is given freedom of speech but they're supposed to be performing a public service that's why that's what the press is supposed to be a general electorate is just trying to make money for the chief executive some of the shareholders. critical decisions and it puts the country in a position where business power is greatly extended beyond what it always was
this is part of that vicious cycle the supreme court justices are put in by reactionary presidents who get in there because they're funded by business and that's the way the cycle works. you know world of big partners through law and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door. and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now for watching closely watching the hawks.
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their parents not like the liberals. the blacks are always struggling schools again you always have problems but you are going to focus a lot of it's the most ubiquitous known out there most police departments use it almost every stores in the school tell them they could get their hands on a gun was in twenty four hours. we were teaching these kids both racism about police brutality taking pride in who they are these kids are a part of history. you know i can say that i own for example all the brooklyn bridge and i when i sell a bond against the brooklyn bridge i sell a billion dollar multibillion dollar bond against the brooklyn bridge while they actually somebody at a company say ok well deliver them the brooklyn bridge and i say why can't i have a d. just like in the two thousand a sub prime crisis there were no deeds for the houses that goldman sachs says
collateralized brokers obligations and then sold into the pension market and the wholesale derivatives market where they didn't have the deed they were just making stuff up pulling rabbits out of their hat selling that as a yielding security to pension funds but there's nothing. in your. family ten days and counting til the breaks a deadline to reason i hits another hurdle because the common speak of rules out a third vote on the prime minister's faltering exit plan unless she makes big changes. leads to rest the chief suspect wanted over the shooting of a tram in which has three people died in tracks terrorism is not being ruled out also had.