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Noam Chomsky

A Conversation With Noam Chomsky

Michael Nevradakis | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Michael Nevradakis

Noam Chomsky, who in six decades of teaching, writing, and activism, has not hesitated to express his opinion on such matters, takes a different view than others towards Greece.

Progressives: In Swing States, Vote for Obama

Daniel Ellsberg | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Daniel Ellsberg

I don't 'support Obama.' I oppose the current Republican Party. The only way for progressives and Democrats to block Romney from office, at this date, is to persuade enough people in swing states to vote for Obama: not stay home, or vote for someone else.

Voting: Transcending the Wedge Issue That Divides Democracy Activists

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

The real problem for those of us who care about democracy is the lack of bipartisanship between voter and nonvoter democracy activists, who often flail out at one another and then can't come together on democracy battlefields where they actually have a chance to create something closer to democracy.

Assange, Correa and the Belarus Imbroglio: Hard Questions Which the Left Must Answer

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 11.11.2012 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For anyone displaying a moral compass, Belarus should be a very simple open and shut case. Yet, because Lukashenko has opposed Washington, the international left chooses to ignore what is happening there.

Karl Rove Pageantry and Democratic National Convention

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Victor M. Feraru

I need to hear more from our president. What do you mean by "move our country forward"? How will you do it? Yes, we know you're human. So am I.

Below the Fold: Rumor Has It We're Screwed

Richard Zombeck | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business
Richard Zombeck

We're screwed. That's as good a place to start this post as any. Congress and the Administration have been co-opted -- bought and paid for. Financial regulation is a joke and fraud is a business model and seen as standard operating procedure.

Democracy, Trust and WikiLeaks: A Conversation With the Mother of Julian Assange

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.26.2012 | Media
Vivian Norris

I believe that people such as Julian Assange, movements such as Occupy Wall Street and those behind the Arab Spring, actually want change for a better, not worse and more chaotic, world. But their image and their hard work is being hijacked and manipulated.

A Liberal Defends Libertarianism

David Vognar | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
David Vognar

I see enough of myself in libertarians to recognize that they do not deserve to be marginalized. Though they are certainly quirky, any group with this many original ideas should be listened to, not scorned.

Digital Speed Paintings Done On Google+

Posted 06.13.2012 | Arts

Since the launch of Google+, Cliff Roth has been painting people online, from regular guys to Guy Kawasaki, the beloved former Macintosh cult leader a...

Noam Chomsky Embarrassed by George Monbiot

Ben Cohen | Posted 07.31.2012 | Media
Ben Cohen

I was extremely saddened to see a bad tempered back and forth between two important intellectual figures, Noam Chomsky and George Monbiot, over an article written by Monbiot on the definition of genocide.

Pulling Punches? Inside Job's Charles Ferguson's Latest: Predator Nation

Danny Schechter | Posted 07.29.2012 | Books
Danny Schechter

We need to ask ourselves why this liberal critique will be widely ignored and what we can do to insure it won't be. It is deserving of attention. I respect the prodigious effort, but what is also true is that the elite with whom he eats, or does business, is unlikely to be the agency for change.

Occupying With Noam Chomsky

Greg Ruggiero | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Greg Ruggiero

"Occupy," says Noam Chomsky in his new book, "is the first major public response to thirty years of class war." One of the movement's greatest successes has been simply to put the inequalities of everyday life on the national agenda, influencing reporting, public perception and language itself.

May Day

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

May Day started here, but then became an international day in support of American workers who were being subjected to brutal violence and judicial punishment. If you get to a point where the existing institutions will not bend to the popular will, you have to eliminate the institutions.

What Is Solidarity? A Pamphleteer's Occupation

Greg Ruggiero | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Greg Ruggiero

Who in their right mind would start a new small press at a time when the economy is so bad, e-books are rising, and book stores, libraries and perhaps the printed word itself are getting shoved down the same path as vinyl records and record stores?

The Imperial Way

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

Why exactly is Iran regarded as such a colossal threat? The question is rarely discussed, but it is not hard to find a serious answer -- though not, as usual, in the fevered pronouncements.

"Losing" the World

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

American decline is real, though the apocalyptic vision reflects the familiar ruling class perception that anything short of total control amounts to total disaster.

How Two South Asian Literary Festivals Are Defining the Role of the Writer

Deji Olukotun | Posted 04.02.2012 | Books
Deji Olukotun

Most literary festivals are placid affairs in which writers exchange ideas and autographs and occasionally get tanked. But these two festivals were overshadowed by the political contexts in which they occurred.

I'm an A-oholic

Matt Linn | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Matt Linn

It's time we stop this out-of-control obsession with all grades 90 through 100. I'll take the first step. Hi, my name is Matt, and I'm an A-oholic.

The Hidden Power of Occupy Wall Street

Edward Murray | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Edward Murray

Some people say Occupy Wall Street is a bunch of unemployed kids shouting, "Grr, money bad!" Young New Yorkers don't need to sleep in a park to complain about being broke; they have bars in Astoria for that.

Five Books That Blew Our Minds, 1955-1975

Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

At first glance, these books have very little in common -- a racially-charged tome and one of the most praised linguistic publications in history, a "...

Occupy Wall Street, Day 12: More Bold-Faced Support, Dramatic Arrests (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

Celebrities, public intellectuals and political figures are coming out of the woodworks to show support of the #OccupyWallStreet protesters, entering ...

Noam Chomsky on Ron Paul's 9/11 Theories: "What He Said Is Completely Uncontroversial" (VIDEO)

Democracy Now! | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

During the most recent Republican presidential debate on Monday, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew boos and jeers from the crowd and his fellow debaters for...

Ten Years After: Commemoration Without Agenda

Michael Roth | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

On this 10th anniversary of 9/11 let us simply acknowledge the claim that our painful memories still have on us. Let us recognize with piety that we still carry the traces of those traumatic events with us, and that we acknowledge their importance to us without trying to use them.

Murder of Catholic Priest in Colombia Greeted With Collective Silence

Dan Kovalik | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

Last night, I received an email from the Colombia Support Network about a Catholic priest who was assassinated in Colombia. His name was Father Jos...

Chomsky: Moral Justice Trumps "Legal" Justice and America's Narrow Political Spectrum

Naima Ramos-Chapman | Posted 11.06.2011 | Black Voices
Naima Ramos-Chapman

Here's my half-baked attempt at giving you some sweet takeaways from The Chomsky-Foucault Debate on Human Nature.