Noam Chomsky had a simple message for protesters at Occupy Boston last month: To change their country, they must first get the public on their side. Then they can make big demands.

The numerous bonds and associations forged within the nationwide Occupy movement over the past weeks mark a significant development in American social history, he said, and efforts should be made to extend such relationships into the rest of the country. Only then will the movement have a genuine chance of reversing the nation’s ongoing crises.

Small but substantial victories can be won in the short term if protesters focus on topical issues, Chomsky continued. Those include the upcoming “trigger” that will cut essential social services if a bipartisan deficit reduction commission cannot agree on a package of spending cuts by Nov. 23.

Chomsky went on to discuss the threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons and the degradation of the environment. — ARK

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