Wage Slavery: A Quick History

Noam Chomsky Interview: History is Not Over, April 18, 1997: Go back to the 1870s, the New York Times was denouncing wage labor. The standard of the Republican Party around 1870 was “We’re the party who opposes slavery and who opposes wage slavery.” The Republican Party, you know, we’re not talking about wild radicals. It …

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Defending the Welfare State: “Expanding The Floor Of The Cage”

Understanding Power (2002), Pgs. 344-346, "Defending the Welfare State": Question: Noam, since you're an anarchist and often say that you oppose the existence of the nation-state itself and think it's incompatible with true socialism, does that make you at all reluctant to defend welfare programs and other social services which are now under attack from …

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Bakunin’s Prediction: A Quick History on Using the “People’s Stick”

According to Chomsky, there exists a prediction from the world of the social sciences that ever came so dramatically true. The prediction is from Mikhail Bakunin. Very perceptively, Bakunin predicted that the rising class of intellectuals will identify themselves as a "Class" in modern industrial societies. Bakunin predicted that this intellectual class would essentially go …

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Walter Lippmann – Father of Modern Journalism

Hi, I decided to find the original sources for many of Chomsky's quotes from Lippmann's works. Turns out Chomsky was right. Walter Lippmann (September 23, 1889 – December 14, 1974) was an American writer, reporter, and political commentator famous for being among the first to introduce the concept of Cold War, coining the term "stereotype" …

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10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power

Requiem for the American Dream is a timely 75-minute teach-in by Noam Chomsky, the M.I.T. linguistics professor who has been a leading leftist political analyst, critic and writer for six decades. Mr. Chomsky, already the subject of several documentaries, focuses here on an election-season theme: financial inequality in America and what he calls its corrosive …

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Who Owns the World?

Noam Chomsky - Delivered at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, September 2012 When I was thinking about these remarks, I had two topics in mind, couldn't decide between them -- actually pretty obvious ones. One topic is, what are the most important issues that we face? The second topic is, what issues are not being …

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Will the Real Adam Smith Please Stand Up!

Excerpted from Class Warfare, 1995, pp. 19-23, 27-31 DAVID BARSAMIAN: One of the heroes of the current right-wing revival... is Adam Smith. You've done some pretty impressive research on Smith that has excavated... a lot of information that's not coming out. You've often quoted him describing the "vile maxim of the masters of mankind: all …

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