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Noam Chomsky speaks to Dutch activists on various topics

Published on 01 Feb 2019 / In Non-profits & Activism

Chomsky talks about the core issues for a workers' movement, and the disconnect between "Left Intellectuals" and the working class. He reviews the old tradition of working class culture and the destruction of it, and the tendency of "Left Intellectuals" to focus on "Post-Materialist issues" while ignoring fundamental problems that confront working people.

Enlightenment, Classical Liberalism, Anarchism.
Chomsky reviews the Enlightenment tradition, classical liberalism and how anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist thought and action is connected to this tradition.

French Intellectual Culture, Post-Modernism.
Chomsky talks about the unique history of the French intellectual culture. He also airs his concerns about the influence of irrational currents of thought on Third World intellectuals, which has severe consequences (as compared to some irrational talks in a Western Literature faculty).

Nazi Collaboration and Resistance in France, Italy and Greece and the Netherlands.
Chomsky reviews the Resistance/Collaboration in Western and Southern Europe, pointing out the huge differences and the consequences for the decades that followed. He also talks about how this history has been falsified by propaganda.

The Right

Freedom of Speech and Anti-Fascism
Chomsky discusses freedom of speech, its history, and how to deal with the rise of racist right-wing movements.

The Left, Class, Racism, Xenophobia and the Right
Chomsky discusses the history of Racism in the United States, and dealing with xenophobia and the right. Historically these tendencies have been overcome by "common activities ... on the basis of their class interests."


Education, Student Activism, Democracy
Chomsky reviews the history of elite hatred for democracy, student resistance, and the functioning of the education system in our times.

Latin-America, Social Movements, Neo-Liberalism, Free Trade Agreements
Chomsky praises the developments in Latin America over the past decade, and places them in a larger context of Latin American history.

The interview was conducted in Leiden, the Netherlands, in March 2011.

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