What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World
Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
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As always, Chomsky presents his ideas clearly and accessibly, with uncompromising principle and clarifying insight. The latest audiobook from a long-established, trusted partnership, What we Say Goes shows once again that no interlocutor engages with Noam Chomsky more effectively than David Barsamian. These interviews confirm that Chomsky is an unparalleled resource for anyone seeking to understand our world today.
circles, his statement is not controversial. What’s controversial is the U.S. position of saying it’s controversial. Those are the kinds of reports that newspapers should have run after Chávez’s speech. Just about every article you see about Venezuela calls Chávez a “tinpot dictator.” By what standards is he a dictator? He’s been repeatedly elected in elections certified as free and fair. The media in Venezuela bitterly condemn him in terms that are virtually unimaginable in the United States.
they’re building what they call “semi-permanent” bases, which means permanent as long as we want them there. And they’re being built in a manner that entails permanence—deep underground bunkers, and so on. In fact, the United States isn’t even providing the Iraqi army with the means of support for an army, apparently on the assumption that U.S. forces are going to be there to provide the logistics, the support, the backup, the bases, and move in when they have to. The Iraqis don’t want that, not
destroyed cultural centers, the bookshops. There is an area in Beirut called the cultural zone where the book publishers are mostly located. Lebanon was a cultural center for the Arab world. And the area was flattened. The bookshops are gone. It is much worse in Iraq. Places with concentrations of bookstores, literary cafés, centers of lively debate that managed to live on during the Saddam Hussein dictatorship are now empty, wiped out, along with a cultural heritage that goes back millennia.
have more profitable investments elsewhere. Holding the dollar is not particularly profitable either, because it’s declining relative to the euro. China is consciously propping up the U.S. economy. The United States is their major market, so they want to maintain it for their exports. In order to do that, they have to lose money on the holding of currency and on investments here. At some point, they may change their minds, but that would be a big change in the international economy. I don’t think
aggressive militarism of the Bush administration, but the main problem remains the stocks of nuclear weapons in the hands of the Great Powers. What’s happening in this area is also largely a consequence of U.S. initiatives. And there is a third serious problem, which also could be imminent. Avian flu is now essentially uncontrollable. If it makes the small leap to a form that can infect humans, which every scientist thinks it’s going to do, avian flu could spread very rapidly and put hundreds of