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State of Journalism (04:26)


Larry Bensky introduces Noam Chomsky. They discuss journalism in the internet age. Chomsky believes blogs and online media lack the amount of research and human contact that went into traditional journalism.

Grassroots Protests (09:03)

Right-wing media and organizations find success organizing grassroots protests. Chomsky warns against considering the protests unworthy and supports their views against bailouts. He believes the left and peace movements are failing to successfully organize.

Social Principles (05:29)

Studying history is the best way to understand human behavior and how social principles shape society. Chomsky compares German society in the 1920s to the 1940s. Americans tend to oppose only the aspects of government they do not find beneficial.

World Without War (08:06)

Chomsky believes civilization is headed toward a world without war or extinction. Society has grown more civilized overtime, which could decrease the likelihood of total war. Chomsky compares the Vietnam War to the Iraq War.

Military Conscription (06:33)

Chomsky believes the ineffectiveness of a civilian army in Vietnam led to the end of conscription in the United States. Principled opposition to war is harder to accept than strategic opposition.

Situation in Afghanistan (02:05)

The United States makes all decisions about Afghanistan without consulting the Afghanis. The country has had an active peace movement for years; this aspect rarely makes it into American mass media.

Population Growth (07:44)

Some see controlling population growth as a way to slow global warming. Chomsky believes educating women will decrease birth rates.

Money and Politics (04:51)

Chomsky believes eliminating cooperate campaign donations will benefit American politics. Looking at a candidate's sources of campaign funding can predict his or her policy.

Right-Wing in America (03:08)

Chomsky outlines reasons why Americans are attracted to right-wing ideologies. America's switch to a neo-liberal economy causes wages to stagnant, a pattern of financial crises, and the growth of corporations.

Activism in America (05:01)

Chomsky believes there is more activism today in the U.S. than in the 1960s. Society is more divided and each activist movement has a specific agenda.

Credits: Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony: Middle East, Empire, and Activism (00:44)

Credits: Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony: Middle East, Empire, and Activism

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The world's most influential living intellectual, Noam Chomsky, holds forth on the root causes of the conflicts in the Middle East and talks about hopes for future social change. The renowned foreign policy critic and linguist brings the full force of his rapier-like mind and deadpan wit to bear in slicing through mainstream misconceptions.

Length: 58 minutes

Item#: BVL168545

Copyright date: ©2010

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