Talk to Al Jazeera - #NoamChomsky: The responsibility of privilege
Published on Jan 12, 2013
Linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky remains as vigorous as ever at the age of 84. His popularity - or notoriety as some would say - endures because he is still criticising politicians, business leaders and other powerful figures for not acting in the public’s best interest.
At the heart of Chomsky’s work is examining the ways elites use their power to control millions of people, and pushing the public to resist.
Although the West’s sanctions do not directly ban the sales of medicines to Iran, they block every financial route needed to obtain drugs for patients suffering from diseases like diabetes, kidney failure, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, Tallahassee and leukemia.
VIA22, an open collective created in Montreal-Quebec, is sending a call to create a monthly process of global actions, the 22nd of each month, starting on October 22nd.
The idea is to collectively express the need that our marches and demonstrations become spaces for sharing knowledge about alternatives, and raise collective consciousness. We want to support and connect initiatives around the world and contribute to the dialogue between global and local. Strength comes from creativity and unity!
“The money-ruled American political system has a pretty straight-ahead Wall Street agenda and is designed to eliminate opposition the way dictatorships do” — #JillStein, the US presidential candidate for the #GreenParty
Pay special attention to what Noam says about California’s current public education crisis and his comments about the attempts to privatize schools like Berkeley and UCLA.
What he says at the end is critical to understand what we’re currently seeing in politics, what the impacts of driving social spending and public funding out of government policy are, and why it matters:
Social security is based upon the principle of solidarity. You’re supposed to care if the disabled widow across town has enough food to eat and that has to be driven out of people’s heads. You’re supposed to be concerned just about yourself - same defect in the public education system. Look, I don’t have kids in school anymore, so if I follow the rules, I’m not supposed to care if there’s public education - I don’t want to pay taxes for public education. But if you’re infected with this disease of solidarity, you care if the kid across the street can go to school. Now, that’s got to be driven out of people’s heads - same reason for the attack on unions. So, you get these massive attacks and I think that’s what’s happening to the public education system.