Jul 31 2015

Noam Chomsky on Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

GUEST: Noam Chomsky, is a legendary political analyst, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, author of over 100 books.

*This segment was originally broadcast on June 30, 2015.

The issue of “National Security” is constantly invoked by politicians and the media as justifications for war and surveillance. Since the September 11th attacks, the US has launched endless wars that have ironically made us less safe and built an unprecedented network of intrusive surveillance. Today, as part of an on-going series of interviews I did with a number of experts, journalists, authors, and academics, we’ll explore what the US’s national security policies have really amounted to. The interviews were produced by Brave New Films, headed by the acclaimed film maker Robert Greenwald, and are called The Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum.

Henry A. Wallace was the 33rd Vice-President of the United States and served under Franklin D. Roosevelt during WW II. He ran for the presidency on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948 and was an agriculturalist, economist, author and businessman. Mr. Wallace was known as the champion of the “common man” in the struggle against the moneyed elites for control of government and the planet’s resources. On today’s episode of the Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum, we present Sonali’s interview on what drives American empire with Noam Chomsky, the legendary political analyst, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, author of over 100 books.

13 responses so far

13 Responses to “Noam Chomsky on Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum”

  1. Regulaon 01 Jul 2015 at 1:23 am

    Yes, the US intends and acts to reach empire – i.e. total control or as it called its doctrine: full spectrum dominance, by which it means complete superiority in defense and cyberwar, and including mind control, brain manipulation etc. and also including space war and space dominance.

    The development from the height of US military power to current day financial and cyber dominance is not unlike the years from the depression to WW2. Like it took it for the world to stand together to stop Hitler, so it will take it for the world to stand together to stop and contain the US dominance and extreme destructiveness. To do so is the perilous and difficult task of the 21st century. The enemy is not Russia, China or ISIS et al. The enemy to the world and the planet earth is the USA.

    While the US did a lot of good also – it has what is likely the most dynamic economy/business world, the most involved technological and scientific research and search for commercial applications thereof, unfortunately, innovation doesn’t stop there but increasingly serves the larger aim of US hegemony, which means destruction of everybody and everything else.

  2. Detrickon 01 Jul 2015 at 3:27 am

    I don’t Regulas comments necessarily flow from what Chomsky was saying at all.

  3. Detrick Robersonon 01 Jul 2015 at 3:29 am

    Excuse me, that is, I don’t agree that Regulas comments necessarily flow from what Chomsky was saying at all.

  4. Detrick Robersonon 01 Jul 2015 at 3:32 am

    I guess the obvious question would be, If that is what you believe, then what do you propose? It would appear that violence would be the answer, and that’s obviously unacceptable!

  5. Detrick Robersonon 01 Jul 2015 at 3:39 am

    Besides, no country’s government, especially no democratic government, is divorced from its citizenry. If you believe that your democratically elected government is guilty of some atrocity, then you, as member of the voting public, bear a certain degree of culpability. Instead, you should be more actively engaged in ensuring the “right” officials, e.g., those who won’t commit the atrocities that so offend your sensibilities, are elected to office.

  6. Oral Pavlovon 01 Jul 2015 at 9:57 am

    It is expected that you spout thoughts of freedom, democracy, and all the other patriotic drivel because that is what we are told to do as we watch those same freedoms melt on the forges of the NSA, CIA, FBI, ATF and your well armored local police. And vote? Select from two candidates whose names you may recall as the same ones who sold our economy to trade bills, financial deregulation, reservations safely located in our central cities and the imprisonment of our youth, our so-called future. No matter, enjoy the latest techno-gadget and the fine serving of ‘culture” that not only entertain and distract us but also keeps us buying more unneeded garbage to top off our landfills. And please take your antidepressants on schedule, you will need them as do the people that make them need more money.

  7. Cheyenneon 01 Jul 2015 at 10:20 am

    Detrick and Oral : You are both right! We need to vote en masse for a progressive candidate who won’t ‘drown’ the government, but will support the environment by including it in the economic equation. Any polluter will be counted as not producing so much as stealing our clean air, water and earth. Any mining interests will pay a commensurate price, buildings will necessarily be greener, people will travel in eco-friendly transport. Why do we still think we need oil? We did fine without it for millenia. Ford’s first cars were made from plasticized hemp, and ran on ethanol! If we don’t take up these sustainable practices ASAP, we’ll be SOL!!!

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