Noam Chomsky

For the past forty years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States.

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT and the author of numerous books including Chomsky vs. Foucault: A Debate on Human Nature, On Language, Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship, and Towards a New Cold War (all published by The New Press). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This event took place on April 22, 2008 at the Google Cambridge office, as a part of the Authors@Google series.


  1. Please see our video interview with Prof. Noam Chomsky of MIT. Feel free to post this video on your site.

    The Real News Network team

    Geithner's Plan is a Recycled Version of Bush/Paulson Program

    "The plan is a win-win situation for investors and a lose-lose situation for American taxpayers"

    With Timothy Geithner firing his opening salvos aimed at restoring America's badly broken financial system and turning it into what he calls a “better, smarter, tougher regulation”, lobbyists and interest groups in Washington have already begun their efforts to modify and block certain sections of the new regulations that they see contrary to their interests.

    Today, the Real News Network, starts the first segment of a multi-segment interview with Prof. Noam Chomsky on Timothy Geithner's recently announced plans for the banks and clearing of their toxic assets. In this interview Prof. Chomsky mainly argues that the plan keeps the institutional structure intact without any meaningful reforms in it. Geithner's plan, based on Chomsky's assertion, essentially bribes investors and bankers in return for opening the credit markets to consumers and businesses.

    Prof. Chomsky also states that Geithner's plan avoids the measures that might get to the heart of the problem, therefore avoiding the costs of changing the institutional structure. In the course of the interview Chomsky points out to the sense of contempt and ridicule that bankers and financial managers have had for the public even in the face of receiving the TARP money. He then calls for a serious commitment by financial institutions and corporations to be responsible to their stakeholders with direct public engagement on how these institutions distribute their money.

    Watch the first segment of this interview on The Real News Network and stay tuned for the following segments:

    Reza Akhlaghi
    The Real News Network


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