Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire

Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire

Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0805096159

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A compelling new set of interviews on our changing and turbulent times with Noam Chomsky, one of the world's foremost thinkers

In this new collection of conversations, conducted from 2010 to 2012, Noam Chomsky explores the most immediate and urgent concerns: the future of democracy in the Arab world, the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the European financial crisis, the breakdown of American mainstream political institutions, and the rise of the Occupy movement. As always, Chomsky presents his ideas vividly and accessibly, with uncompromising principle and clarifying insight.

The latest volume from a long-established, trusted partnership, Power Systems shows once again that no interlocutor engages with Chomsky more effectively than David Barsamian. These interviews will inspire a new generation of readers, as well as longtime Chomsky fans eager for his latest thinking on the many crises we now confront, both at home and abroad. They confirm that Chomsky is an unparalleled resource for anyone seeking to understand our world today.

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Occupy Wall Street movement began in September 2011. The idea of the 1 percent and 99 percent has become common. The Occupy movement has succeeded in tapping feelings, attitudes, and understandings that have been latent, hidden right below the surface. They brought it out. All of a sudden it exploded. It’s interesting, if you take a look at the business press, the Financial Times, which is the most important business daily in the world, has been surprisingly sympathetic to the Occupy

having a choice as to whether they will have children, and then by not giving them any support when they have to take care of their children. That’s how we preserve family values.” The internal contradictions are amazing. Talking about the mechanisms of domestic control reminds me of Aristotle’s comments about democracy. What did he have to say about democracy? In his book Politics, which is the foundation of the study of political systems, and very interesting, Aristotle talked mainly

interview I did with him in New York that this German-driven economic policy “is accomplishing for Germany what Hitler tried and failed to achieve—a Europe whose dominant center is in Berlin.”4 There’s something to that. Ever since the economic recovery began in the postwar period, the European economy has been basically German-based. Germany has the strongest economy in the region. It remains a major manufacturing center and even an export center. It’s the powerhouse of Europe. And all these

U.S. trade deficit with China has gone up, the trade deficit with Japan, Singapore, and Korea has gone down. The reason is that a regional production system is developing. The more advanced countries of the region, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, send advanced technology, parts, and components to China, which uses its cheap labor force to assemble goods and send them out of the country. And U.S. corporations do the same thing: they send parts and components to China, where people assemble

Officials Yield to Student Strike in Mexico,” New York Times, 8 June 1999. 16. Tim Walker, “In High-Performing Countries, Education Reform Is a Two-Way Street,” NEA Today, 31 March 2011. 17. Diane Ravitch, “What Can We Learn from Finland?” Education Week, 11 October 2011. 18. See, among others, Bruce Alberts, “Considering Science Education,” Science, 21 March 2008; “Making a Science of Education,” Science, 2 January 2009; “Redefining Science Education,” Science, 23 January 2009; “Prioritizing

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