This debate is required viewing for anyone who appreciates the work of either of these two great minds. It takes place in 1971 as the war in Vietnam rages on. They discuss their respective specialties, human nature, the direction of society, society’s institutions, class warfare, capitalism, Marxism, anarcho-syndicalism, and much more.
This article from Roar Magazine (which claims a share of the credit for translation) about the debate adds some interesting background information and contains a full transcript of the discussion.
There is also another complete version that doesn’t appear to omit anything except the additional commentary; though most would probably benefit from the clarifications of the commentator included in the first video.
Noam explains how the global elite, the “Plutonomy,” (modern world plutocrats) have taken advantage of the “Precariot,” (those precariously employed) by taking control of financial sectors in the US and Europe that eat out the modern market economy from the inside out, just as the larvae of a spider-wasp eats out its host.
Noam explains how Barack Obama would be considered a moderate Republican twenty to thirty years ago. He discusses the extrajudicial killings of American citizens abroad. Cenk and Noam examine the decline of unions in America. Noam provides ideas and possible strategies to reverse these trends and much more.
It would be accurate to say that Mr. Chomsky is one of my heroes. I hope that one day my voice can have even a fraction of the influence his does. I am already mourning the day we lose him. Without high-profile dissidents like Noam Chomsky around who will take up the people’s torch? Well, let’s be honest, he didn’t ever achieve the high-profile in the United States media that he should have. That said, my statement stands. If there is a political speaker who can liberate your mind from the programming and platitudes of politics in America it is him.
Additionally, I would like applaud the Young Turks for being open-minded enough to have speakers as “extreme” as both Noam Chomsky and Alex Jones on their show. Please give them a listen. Even if you don’t agree with their opinions they will get your mental juices flowing.