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Requiem for the American Dream

"Recognizing the great differences, I still can’t repress childhood memories of hearing Hitler’s Nuremberg rallies on the radio."

"Recognizing the great differences, I still can’t repress childhood memories of hearing Hitler’s Nuremberg rallies on the radio."

If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend the watching the Hutchison and Scott documentary Requiem for the American Dream, starring Noam Chomsky, and reading the namesake book by Chomsky! The documentary employs excellent audio-visual effects in the background of the series of Chomsky lectures that led to The Ten Principles of the Concentration of Wealth and Power, enumerated in greater detail by Chomsky in the aforementioned book. It's time to revisit the principles under Trump, and Truth Out's Polychroniou sits down with the grand old man of anarchism to do just that.

What factors and what forces produced the radical and dangerous shift that took a settler-colonial society and turned it into a pariah nation, unprecedented among Western states in the 21st century? How did the Republican Party lay the foundation for Trump? Is Trumpocracy a temporary phenomenon, or is it perhaps the underpinning of American political history from which Trump has boldly eliminated subtle euphemisms? Why is the hope for better times, prevalent during the Great Depression, missing today? With an unprecedented history in the violation of human rights, colonialism, rabid patriotism and jingoistic foreign policy the United States had long been viewed as a meddlesome colonizer, but under Trump has it become an existential threat to humanity? How did the sole 21st Century superpower become the failed state with the highest infant mortality rate, the lowest public health coverage and the most unaffordable education system in the Western hemisphere?

 

In the exclusive Truthout interview [here], world-renowned scholar and public intellectual Noam Chomsky, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at MIT and currently Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, tackles these questions and offers his unique insights.

Noam Chomsky is one of America's most important thinkers, critical minds, and voices of dissent, and thus it's hardly a surprise that his gripping ideas have been the subject of more than one documentary. 1992's "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" might be the most well known, and Michel Gondry's "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?"