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Noam Chomsky
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Noam Chomsky is Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a noted academic, author, and foreign policy expert. His articles are frequently republished on this site and can be accessed below, including a link to original source.
Destroying the Commons

The rise of capitalist practice and morality brought with it a radical revision of how the commons are treated, and also of how they are conceived. The prevailing view today is: what is not owned will be destroyed by individual avarice. How the Magna Carta became a Minor Carta, by Noam Chomsky.

Reflections on 9/11

On the 10th anniversary of the atrocities that claimed nearly 3,000 victims on September 11th, 2001, commentators question the price paid by the ensuing 'war on terror' declared by US President Bush and his cheerleaders. With 50,000 US troops still occupying Iraq, what has been the real costs of the post-9/11 wars?

The High Cost of Neoliberalism

Financial liberalisation hands power to a "virtual senate" of investors and lenders, eroding faith in democratic institutions. In Latin America, a handful of countries that have rejected neoliberal reforms offer the prospect of an economic alternative, writes Noam Chomsky.

Globalization Marches On

Current speculation about a global shift in power away from the US is misleading. As economic globalisation continues, multinational corporations and financial institutions remain the “principal architects” of government policy around the world, says Noam Chomsky.

Human Rights in the New Millennium

Despite half a century of human rights being codified in international law, governments continue to ignore their commitments. In the new millennium, it is the public who can build on their past struggles and achievements to ensure respect for democracy and justice, says Noam Chomsky.

Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours

Of all the crises that afflict today's world, the growing democratic deficit may be the most severe. Only through dismantling the market fundamentalism that drives public decision-making can true democracy be restored, writes Noam Chomsky.

Responsibility to Protect: The 'Real' Debate on R2P

At the first comprehensive debate on Responsibility to Protect (R2P), a controversial principle agreed upon by UN member states in 2005, concerns were raised at the General Assembly over the preservation of state sovereignty and the potential misuse of the right of forceful intervention.

US Hegemony Will Continue to Decline, says Chomsky

It is true that Bush II has severely harmed the interests of those who own and run society, one reason why he has come under such intense criticism within the mainstream. But it has hardly been a lethal blow, argues Noam Chomsky.

The Election, Economy, War, and Peace

President-elect Obama's campaign promises of ‘hope' and ‘change' offered a blank slate on which voters could write their wishes. But Obama's actions as president remain unlikely to live up to his soaring rhetoric in key policy issues, argues Noam Chomsky.

The Financial Crisis of 2008: Interview with Noam Chomsky

No one knows how serious the current crisis will become. However, as the neoliberal order erodes in the US, Europe and internationally, we will see the end of a certain era of financial liberalization driven by market fundamentalism, creating opportunities for real change, says Noam Chomsky.

The Problems of Latin America and the Caribbean

For the first time in half a millennium, South America is beginning to take its fate into its own hands. The problems which persist have to be addressed through regional and global solidarity along with internal struggle, writes Noam Chomsky.

It's the Oil, Stupid!

U.S. presidential candidates need to seriously discuss the role of oil in the Iraq invasion, even if they cannot acknowledge what it really constituted - a supreme international crime, writes Noam Chomsky.

US Public Irrelevant, says Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky speaks to Avi Lewis on Al Jazeera's Inside USA. They discuss whether the US election this year will bring real change, the ongoing conflict in Iraq and why Americans should look to their Southern American counterparts for political inspiration.

Noam Chomsky: Why is Iraq Missing from 2008 Presidential Race?

The following speech was delivered by Chomsky in Massachussetts at an event sponsored by Bikes Not Bombs: Not very long ago, as you all recall, it was taken for granted that the Iraq war would be the central issue in the 2008 election, as it was in the midterm election two years ago. However, it's virtually disappeared off the radar screen, which has solicited some puzzlement among the punditry.

"Good News," Iraq and Beyond

Not long ago, it was taken for granted that the Iraq war would be the central issue in the presidential campaign, as it was in the mid-term election of 2006.  But it has virtually disappeared, eliciting some puzzlement.  There should be none.

Chomsky on the Rise of the South

On January 15, Michael Shank interviewed Noam Chomsky on the latest developments in U.S. policy toward regional challenges to U.S. power. In the second part of this two-part interview, Chomsky also discussed the Bank of the South, nationalization of resources, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

US/Indo Nuclear Agreement: Derailing a Deal

Nuclear-armed states are criminal states. They have a legal obligation, confirmed by the World Court, to live up to Article 6 of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which calls on them to carry out good-faith negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons entirely. None of the nuclear states has lived up to it.The United States is a leading violator, especially the Bush administration, which even has stated that it isn’t subject to Article 6.

United States: "A Revolution is Just Below the Surface"

On September 21, 2007, I had the extraordinary opportunity to interview Noam Chomsky. The interview will be aired on Venezuelan and Latin American television as part of the promotion for the III International Book Fair in Venezuela, which this year focuses on the theme: "United States: Is Revolution Possible?" The transcription of the interview follows.

Cold War II

These are exciting days in Washington, as the government directs its energies to the demanding task of “containing Iran” in what Washington Post correspondent Robin Wright, joining others, calls “Cold War II.”[1]

Israel, Palestine and the Hypocrisies of Power – an interview with Noam Chomsky

In an interview given to the London branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in July 2007, the celebrated American intellectual and activist Noam Chomsky provided a devastating insight into what lies behind the continuing conflict - and could lead to the death of the Palestinian nation itself, if the ‘rejectionists’ are allowed to prevail against overwhelming public opinion, East and West.

There’s an Alternative World... If Only We Can Find It: Democracy's Invisible Line

Le Monde Diplomatique interviews Noam Chomsky on the relationship between the media and public opinion, the influence of propoganda in democracy, the opposition of the Global Justice Movement, and the ideal role of the state in any future, reformed society. Translated by Harry Forster.

Chomsky Takes on the World (Bank)

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. Michael Shank interviewed him about the conflict between Congress and the U.S. president over Iraq and Syria, the scandal enveloping World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz, and the nature of foreign debt.

Starving the Poor

The chaos that derives from the so-called international order can be painful if you are on the receiving end of the power that determines that order’s structure. Even tortillas come into play in the ungrand scheme of things. Recently, in many regions of Mexico, tortilla prices jumped by more than 50 per cent.

Noam Chomsky: Creating Another World in a Time of War

58min. World-renowned scholar and linguist Noam Chomsky speaks at an event titled, "What's Next? Creating Another World in a Time of War, Empire and Devastation."

From Bolivia to Baghdad: Chomsky on Creating Another World in a Time of War, Empire and Devastation

World-renowned scholar and linguist Noam Chomsky recently spoke at an event titled, "What's Next? Creating Another World in a Time of War, Empire and Devastation."

Latin America Declares Independence

Five centuries after the European conquests, Latin America is reasserting its independence.

Noam Chomsky on Israel, Lebanon and Palestine

Kaveh Afrasiabi interviews Noam Chompsky about the justification for the Israeli offensive in Lebanon and Palestine, the broader, historical picture behind the crisis and the possible outcomes of the war.

The American ‘system’ is spelling the end of its historic values

The selection of issues that should rank high on the agenda of concern for human welfare and rights is, naturally, a subjective matter. But there are a few choices that seem unavoidable, because they bear so directly on the prospects for decent survival. Among them are at least these three: nuclear war, environmental disaster and the fact that the government of the world’s leading power is acting in ways that increase the likelihood of these catastrophes.

Latin America and Asia Are at Last Breaking Free of Washington's Grip

The US-dominated world order is being challenged by a new spirit of independence in the global south.