Chomsky

Notes on Noam Chomsky's speeches and interviews, with my own paraphrasing of main points. I'll add to this from time to time.

If you prefer to read rather than listen, extensive archives of his writings are available at The Noam Chomsky Website and The Anarchist Library.

It doesn't matter too much what order you consume Chomsky's work, because he's been so incredibly consistent over many decades.

General comment: The Q&A sessions following speeches are absolutely worth the time to listen. Even with frustratingly incoherent questions Chomsky produces detailed well-structured answers.

Noam Chomsky on Democracy, 1988

youtube – 8mins – Excerpted from an interview with Bill Moyers (transcript).

Noam Chomsky – The Essentials

youtube | podcast – 2h39m

A compilation of excerpts from many recordings. The video description contains a detailed topic index.

A Critique of Madisonian Democracy, 1997

youtube | podcast – 1h35m – Speech at Tufts University.

America's democratic institutions were designed from the beginning to "protect the minority of the opulent against the majority."

youtube – 1h01m

Democracy and the Media, 1994

youtube | podcast – 2h35m – Speech at University of Maryland.

Neoliberalism and the Global Order, 1997

youtube | podcast – 1h09m – Speech at Yale.

"Free markets" vs protectionism, state intervention and violence. Discipline and responsibility for the poor, but a powerful state for the rich and privileged. High-tech industry was created and is sustained by massive state intervention.

Government in the Future, 1970

youtube | podcast – 56m – Speech in NYC.

Anarchism – Peter Jay Interview, 1976

podcast – 50min

Necessary Illusions – Thought Control in Democratic Societies, 1988

youtube | podcast – 4h03m – 1988 Massey Lectures.

Interview with Canadian Journalists, 1988

youtube – 57min – Recorded subsequent to the Massey Lectures.

Per a youtube comment: "For anyone seeking context for this, 1988 was the year Chomsky and Herman published their seminal work Manufacturing Consent, the central thesis of which is known as the Propaganda Model and it is now considered the most important and influential text on the subject of mass media pro-status quo propaganda. Any journalism course worth its salt teaches the Propaganda Model to its students as one of the fundamentals of media analysis."

Global Discontents

Interviews with David Barsamian 2013-2016.

Part 1, 3h13mpodcast

Part 2, 3h46m – podcast

The Chomsky Sessions, 2010

Z Communications interviews with Michael Albert.

Part 1 – Responsibilities of Intellectualsyoutube | podcast – 56min

Part 2 – Science, Religion and Human Natureyoutube | podcast – 1h07m

Part 3 – Education and Economicsyoutube | podcast – 56min

Part 4 – The Political Systemyoutube | podcast – 47min

Part 5 – International Relationsyoutube | podcast – 53min

Q&A – History, Anarchism and Society, 1997

podcast – 38min – Interview with media.

Q&A – Vancouver, 1996

Q&A with labor activists in Vancouver.

Part 1podcast – 27min

Part 2podcast – 26min

Part 3podcast – 33min

On Anarchism, 2013

youtube – 1h11m – Speech at MIT.