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Noam Chomsky and Over 100 Intellectuals Denounce ‘Savage’ Media Treatment of Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn

“We do not expect journalists to give any elected leader an easy ride,” they wrote in a letter published by The Guardian, “but Corbyn has been treated from the start as a problem to be solved rather than as a politician to be taken seriously.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE


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Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, and the Prospects for Survival

For nearly 70 years, security for the human population has not been a leading concern of policymakers.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE



Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

It has become increasingly clear that it is the younger generation that will save us all.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky: The Majority of Today’s Elected Democrats Are Moderate Republicans (Videos)

According to the renowned linguist and activist, America is a two-party state, “but there’s only one faction.”

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE



The Costs of Violence: Masters of Mankind (Part 2)

Returning to the opening question “Who rules the world?” we might also want to pose another question: “What principles and values rule the world?”

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



American Power Under Challenge: Masters of Mankind (Part 1)

We cannot gain a realistic understanding of who rules the world while ignoring the “masters of mankind,” as Adam Smith called them: in his day, the merchants and manufacturers of England; in ours, multinational conglomerates, huge financial institutions, retail empires and the like.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Defends WikiLeaks and Declassifying Information (Video)

The renowned linguist and political commentator called WikiLeaks a “democratizing force” and said that its founder, Julian Assange, should be given a medal.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. and British Invasion of Iraq Caused the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Video)

In a discussion with acTVism, the renowned linguist and political commentator offers context to the seemingly endless turmoil in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Live Blog: A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden

Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Ally David Brock Explains How Fox News Distorts the Media

In an exclusive clip from the forthcoming documentary “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” the political operative explains that Fox degrades other news organizations by forcing them to cope with misunderstanding that its stream of misinformation and skewed framing creates in the minds of consumers of mainstream news.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: 5 Reasons the ‘Human Species Is in Very Deep Trouble’ If Trump Wins

The renowned activist and linguist warns of the systematic threat Donald Trump would pose, from human rights to the environment.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



Chomsky: Trump’s Rise Is Due to the ‘Breakdown of Society’

MIT professor and intellectual Noam Chomsky compares the political environment that’s allowed Donald Trump to flourish with the Great Depression era of the 1930s, as “people feel isolated, helpless, victim of powerful forces that they do not understand and cannot influence.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders Is Not a Socialist, He’s a ‘Decent, Honest New-Dealer’

“If [Bernie Sanders] were elected, I think he’d be the one, from the current candidates ... with the best policies,” the renowned linguist and activist recently told Al-Jazeera.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Noam Chomsky Calls GOP a ‘Danger to Human Survival’ and Sizes Up Bernie Sanders

The scholar, social critic, writer and political activist is making the rounds to give his views on the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



‘Stop Hate, Dump Trump’: Celebrities and Activists Join Campaign Against Donald Trump

Michael Moore, Kerry Washington, Noam Chomsky, Connie Britton, Rosanna Arquette, Reza Aslan, Ani DiFranco, Danny Glover and the playwright Eve Ensler are among the prominent public figures who have pledged to “speak out in every way possible” to prevent Trump from becoming the next president of the United States.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Slams Turkish President for Arresting Academics and Supporting Extremism (Video)

President Tayyip Erdogan recently criticized Noam Chomsky and other international scholars who signed a petition against the Turkish government’s current vendetta against Kurdish-Turkish citizens in the country’s southeast.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE



The Great Forgetting

America’s refusal to fund and sustain its intellectual and cultural heritage has come with an enormous cost. We are now paying the bill.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: The Best Ear to the Ground Posts of the Year

As the countdown to the new year begins, we take a look at 2015’s most popular stories.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE


2015 in Review: The Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth Posts

From comedic clips about Edward Snowden and Donald Trump to illuminating interviews featuring Robert Scheer, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and Jimmy Carter, here are Truthdig readers’ favorite audiovisual posts from 2015.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Here’s What Noam Chomsky Really Thinks About the November Paris Attacks

When asked at a conference hosted by AcTVism Munich what European leaders should do in response to the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks on Paris, the renowned linguist raised a crucial question: “It depends what they want to do. Do they want to encourage further terrorism or do they want to end that kind of terrorism?”

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Elections Within the Context of American Empire

In an interview with teleSUR’s Abby Martin, the renowned thinker and linguist discusses his take on the candidates running for president in 2016 and whether any of them can be considered anti-war.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald: NSA Leaks Were as Much a Battle Against Establishment Media as Surveillance

At a press conference in Berlin, the co-founding editor of The Intercept explained why a crucial part of the strategy of reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents was to find ways around certain media “hurdles.”

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: U.S. Is Greatest Threat to World Peace

In a speech titled “On Power and Ideology” delivered at The New School for Social Research in Manhattan on Saturday, world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky discussed the persistent notion of U.S. exceptionalism, Republican efforts to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal, and the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Noam Chomsky on Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, Syriza and the Power of Activism

In an interview in Jacobin magazine, the linguist and scholar predicts what would happen if Bernie Sanders won the 2016 presidential election and comments on the rise of progressive political parties like Greece’s Syriza and figures such as Jeremy Corbyn of the U.K.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: Markets Aren’t ‘Democratic’— They Radically Restrict Choice in Important Ways

In this short clip from a History Channel documentary, the renowned linguist and activist explains how markets actually bring out the worst in humans by turning us into people “dedicated to maximizing individual gain, not social concern.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Real Enemy Is Within

If you are not dedicated to the destruction of empire and the dismantling of American militarism, then you cannot count yourself as a member of the left. It is not a side issue. It is the issue.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. Helped Create Islamic State

The renowned linguist and activist discusses the background of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the United States’ role in establishing the conditions under which the extremist group developed.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



‘The Iranian Threat’: Who Poses the Gravest Danger to World Peace?

Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. There are, however, striking exceptions to the general enthusiasm.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: ‘Is It Appropriate for Us to Murder Animals Because We Want to Eat Them?’

The renowned linguist and activist discusses the ethics of animal testing and vegetarianism in this short clip.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: Capitalism in Most Forms Is Inconsistent With Democracy

The renowned linguist and activist explains the only way that capitalism could be compatible with democracy.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Why Israel and the U.S. Created the Myth of the Iranian Nuclear Threat

“The real question is: Why is the [Iran] deal being pursued?” the renowned linguist and political commentator asks in a discussion with Antonio Mora on Al-Jazeera America. “What exactly is the threat of Iran?”

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: It’s Painful to See the Fate of the Human Species, but We Must in Order to Change It

In an interview conducted earlier this year, Noam Chomsky admitted it’s much easier to ignore the major issues of the day and pretend information is inaccessible than it is to take action.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Chomsky on Greece: A ‘Savage Response’ for Standing Up to Austerity ‘Class War’

In an interview for “Democracy Now!” Noam Chomsky comments on the challenges faced by Greece’s leading party, Syriza.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Lonely American

Communal activities, from attendance at sporting events to civic organizations, have plummeted. We are isolated and have become hapless victims of corporate propaganda. We must reconnect to resist.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE



Thou Shalt Not Kill

Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky Explains How Islamic State Grew Out of the Iraq War

The linguist and activist talks with an Iraq War veteran and answers questions collected by human rights activists from people currently living under siege in Fallujah.

Posted on May 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: Every Word in the Phrase ‘Free Trade Agreement’ Is False

Noam Chomsky discusses how so-called free trade agreements, such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, enrich corporations while creating migration crises. Other topics include the Islamic State group and the media.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Is Trying to Put an End to Its Extreme Isolation

The renowned activist and linguist weighs in on the recent shift in relations between Cuba and the United States, as well as drone strikes in Yemen and the activities of the leftist parties Syriza and Podemos in Greece and Spain, among other current events.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: Exceptionalism Is a Concept Held by Every Great Power and It’s Always Wrong

In a conversation with theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, Noam Chomsky explains why American exceptionalism is neither unique nor founded on truth and how U.S. foreign policy only benefits the most powerful Americans.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The California Water Crisis Isn’t About Lifestyle—It’s About Crops

There’s something that everyone, including The New York Times, is getting wrong about the effects of the California drought; Chelsea Manning is discussing her gender transition in prison via social media; meanwhile, Dick Cheney recently made hypocritical comments about President Obama. These news items and more.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on America’s Changing Attitudes Toward Israel and Palestine

Describing a shift in popular opinion, activist and linguist Noam Chomsky contends in a recent video chat that “there is the potential for a kind of reassessment of the blind support for Israel.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: Israel Is a Violent State Acting in Direct Violation of International Law

In a talk aired on C-SPAN in March, the world-renowned linguist and political activist discusses his book of essays “Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013” and answers questions about Israeli politics.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: In ‘Free’ Countries, Unpopular Ideas Can Be Suppressed Without the Use of Force

Paraphrasing George Orwell’s virtually unread introduction to “Animal Farm,” the renowned linguist explains how listening to the media, which are owned by the wealthy, and receiving a “good education” can suppress free thought.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons and Unchecked Climate Change Are Leading Us Toward Doomsday

“It’s now 70 years since the end of the most horrific war in history,” the renowned intellectual said in a recent talk. “It ended with the use of an ultimate weapon which can bring human history to an end.” He added, soberingly: “We’ve been living under that shadow ever since.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky on Pope Francis

An interview clip reveals the renowned linguist’s take on the popular Catholic Church leader regarding “liberation theology” in his native Argentina.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: Obama Launched ‘the Most Extensive Global Terrorism Campaign the World Has Yet Seen’

In an interview with a Brazilian television network, Noam Chomsky discusses the many ways the Obama administration has not only supported terrorism but taken part in it.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky Finds Love Again in His 80s

The 86-year-old progressive thinker is celebrating his first anniversary with his second wife, Valeria Wasserman Chomsky. Listen to the renowned activist and linguist talk to Amy Goodman about love with an outburst of giddy optimism that will have you smiling all day long.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman Discuss Netanyahu’s Upcoming Speech Before Congress

For “Prime Minister Netanyahu and the hawks in Congress, mostly Republican, the primary goal is to undermine any potential negotiation that might settle whatever issue there is with Iran,” the renowned political commentator and linguist tells Amy Goodman on a recent episode of “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky on the History Behind the Islamic State Group and Putin’s Actions in Ukraine

Shortly after the Minsk II cease-fire agreement was reached on Feb. 11, the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 called on the world-renowned linguist and political activist to discuss two of the most pressing global crises taking place.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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