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Michael Albert: Answering a Comment

In general, I cannot pledge I will relate to all comments, even all questions, posted to the blogs. There is only so much time available. However…. One of the comments I found said I “seem to start with a basic split between Producers and Consumers which requires an economic system to relate the two.” Actually, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: India Today

It’s important to bear in mind that there are two quite different Indias. There is the high tech India in Hyderabad, which Thomas Friedman raves about in his odes to “globalization” — meaning, the neoliberal version of investor-rights-based international economic integration.. I’ve been there in the scientific research centers too, and what he says is Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Turkey in the World

Turkey’s human rights record has been awful, though it has been improving, as commentators routinely point out. But that overlooks a rather important fact: Turkey’s crimes against its own population, particularly Kurds, rely crucially on (1) massive US military support and (2) the cowardice and dishonesty of the intellectual classes (including the media) which refuse Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The SU and the Arms Race

Questioner: Given that the arms race was a disaster for the Soviet Union economically and of little advantage militarily, why did the USSR engage in it? What it did to them economically is exactly what Khrushchev predicted, and presumably what JFK and his advisers had in mind when they turned down Khrushchev’s call for sharp Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq and Vietnam

Personally, I don’t see much useful analogy between Iraq and Vietnam. Vietnam was in a remote corner of the world that no one cared about very much, so the US could pound away at it, devastating four countries, with little international protest, and that little mostly about the bombing of the regions in the northern Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Saudi Puppet

It’s often pointed out in the international relations literature that the notion “puppet” is not a simple one. Puppets can often influence the dominant power significantly. The Soviet satellites were certainly “puppets,” if the term has any meaning. But unlike Western powers, Russia subsidized its satellites massively, to the extent that they were mostly richer Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Reagan Phenomena

I believe this is the first such extravaganza in the US. … There was something similar after the JFK assassination, but of course the assassination of a living president is quite different. I don’t recall anything else remotely similar, perhaps since FDR, in the midst of a war, and of course he really was a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Defeating Nazi…

Questioner: The U.S. opposed and defeated the Nazis and the Communists. Doesn’t this evidence U.S. humanitarianism for the rest of the world? The “history” assumed in this argument is so radically and uncontroversially false that it is hard even to comment. Take Nazism. I was a child at the time, but even so I was Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Oil Prices

Regarding the rising price of oil, the first point to remember is that the price of oil is not high by historical standards. I haven’t seen an exact calculation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the real price per barrel is maybe half of what it was during the 1970s peak — which itself brought Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Trade?

Questioner: In a debate I had with a capitalist once, he asserted that most US investment occurs in European and developed Asian countries, saying that that means that free trade is beneficial. Your reaction? He’s right that most Foreign Direct Investment (not only US) is in developed countries, and the rest is mostly in a Read more…

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