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noam chomsky has made to international reputation school my dues does is 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 a transformed the nature of his subject. you are identified with a new level whatever that is you certainly have been an activist as well as a writer. as a timescale and is listed in anybody's catalog monkey at. popular as of the new law. is standing. by adopting over the past two or three years a series of adamant. project at least american foreign policy at most america itself. budgets this notion that he american is quite an interesting one sashes to tell
tarion the ocean is used in free societies so if someone and say italy is criticizing barrels going to me or the corruption of the italian state and soon then a cold he's ten six they were cold indeed then people would collapse and laughter in the streets of rome or milan. in totalitarian states the notions used so in the old soviet union dissidents were cold and he says that was the worst condemnation in the brazilian military dictatorship they were gold in any brazilian . no it's true that in just about every society the critics are malign. mistreated different ways depending on the nature of the society like the soviet union say it would imprison. in a u.s.
dependency like el salvador at the same time his counterparts a tether brains blown out by a u.s. run state terrorist worse than others is it just condemned their villa from the zone in the united states or one of the terms of abuses 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 a very high degree of freedom and so if you're vilified by some commas or who cares to go on to your work anyway at least 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 you're against the b. that's where it's trading that is used in the united states and it's for another the only democratic society where the concept isn't just ridicule and it's
gold paint. it was pretty kalak area and 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 improve 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 us 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 a is the max like to call it a little small percentage of the world's population that's a gathering increasing wealth what happens to american consumers at a 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 if it's based on financial manipulation. 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 growth of the economy fifty's and sixty's but in fact earlier 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 so that the taxes that are paid by the very wealthy are reduced and cursed ponderingly the tax burden on the rest of the population's increased. no the shift is towards trying to keep taxes just 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 in 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 that stimulates production and stimulates investment that leads to job growth and so on. if you're an ideologist for the masters you have a different line and in fact right now it's almost absurd that corporations have money coming out of their pockets. so in fact general electric are paying zero taxes and they have enormous profits let. some take the profit somewhere else or go
further but not pay taxes and this is how. 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 got to 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. the 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. with fred much of the population that's with this of iowa. it's of no use to the very rich a so therefore there's
a concerted attempt to destroy it. and one of the ways is defunding it you want to destroy some system first defund it. then it will 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. public schools are based on the principle of solidarity. i no longer have children in school their 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 and 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 americans say. go back to the golden age again the great chris period 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 otherwise the century got free education where in communities date or nation regularly invest a substantial share of it resources in education the investment invariably it returned in better business and a higher standard of living u.s. was way in the lead in developing extensive mass public education at every level. but now more than half the states most of the funding for the colleges comes from
tuitions not from the state that'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 would think that 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 a tip. by the time you're part of the culture you going to get out of it. that's true cross the border. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy confrontation let it be an arms race. spanning dramatic development only i'm going to resist i don't see how that strategy will be successful very critical
time to sit down and talk. as an officer. told them to get up off the ground begin to pay down the. democrats on the sounds of. the grown man like mislead essentially. through his. twisted away from the officer. of his group. the obvious or did they kind of lunge for the web in one's midst and then when it happened on she swung at the i didn't hit him i never saw any contact with. any kind of went back to where they were so the officers back here there again fifteen feet apart at this point and that's when the officer pulled out his gun and he bit on tree. i didn't think the
numbers something they've matter to us is over one trillion dollars in debt more than ten white collar crime happened today. eighty five percent of global wealth you longs to be ultra rich eight point six percent world market was thirty percent some with four hundred five hundred three first second first second and fifth when he rose to twenty thousand dollars. china's building two point one billion dollars a i it does feel park but don't let the numbers overwhelm. the only number you need to remember one one business showed you know fourth the myth the one and only boom but. what politicians do. they put themselves on the line and they get accepted or rejected. so when you want to be president. or somehow want to.
have to do i think the press has allowed them before three of them or can't be good . i'm interested always in the waters in the house. i sit. in the one nine hundred fifty s. is a much poorer society than the news today but no the us could easily handle centrally free mass higher education today a much richer society claims dozen of the researchers for. that just what's going on right before our eyes and it's the a general attack on the principles that i mean not only are the issue mean they're the basis of the trust parity 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 too 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 a. lobbying sharply 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 pressures. and it goes on right through the years. and seventy's sort of starts begin. eighty's really takes off congress was asked to approve federal loan guarantees to
the auto companies about the wan and one half billion dollars all of this is quite safe as long as you know the government's going to come to rescue so it takes a break and instead of letting them pay the cost break and build out the banks like continental the biggest bailout of american history at the time that she ended his term with so the 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 diary for a very fair lady and hundred ninety nine regulation worse dismantled to separate commercial banks from investment banks. then come see bush and 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 at green million dollars more the sale out could get much bigger signaling 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 worry about the investors who made risky investments but the rich and powerful they don't want to 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 bill or it's an 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 the haven't. been well for the poor let market principles prevail don't expect any help from the government the government's the problem not the solution and so on that's essentially neo liberalism and it's has this dual character which goes we're right back in economic history one set of rules for the rich office etc rules for the poor. and nothing surprising about this exactly the dynamics you expect if the population allows it to proceed she's going to go on and on like this until the next crash
which is so much expected that credit agencies which kind of evaluate the. status of firms are now counting into their calculations the taxpayer bailout that they expect to come in 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've 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 their
rights can't be infringed without due process of law so they gradually became persons under the law. corporations or 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. 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 value and then you won through the years to citizens united which says that the right of free speech of corporations namely spend as much money they want can't be curtailed. take a look what that means it means 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 residue of democracy. interesting to read the rulings like justice kennedy's swing food his ruling said well look after all the c.b.s. is given freedom of speech there are corp why shouldn't general electric be free to spend as much what is that want. i mean it's true that c.b.s. has given treat 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 trying to make money for the chief executive some of the shareholders. see 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 the vicious cycle the supreme court justice or put in a reactionary president to get in there because they're funded by business that's
the way the cycle works. do you know. we've been a rail gun shots people getting murdered. they want to. always drugs. again you always have problems but you're not going to focus on a lot it's the most ubiquitous gun out there most police departments use it almost ever. knew it teaching these kids how. about police brutality taking kreider and they are
the only leader to have ruled right through from salvi. shaka resignation the president. and so on the program this our priority was facebook to slow the spread of friday's shooting. christ church but to swift to secretly silence or kinds of political views say pretty. if i put certain stories about certain political issues i am shadow so that's what my concern is when they continue to ban these kinds of things can ban this kind of stuff that's only going to perpetuate chateau banning. the