Thursday, July 04, 2013

"Noam Chomsky on the World": lecture shows how close we came in 1962

Netflix has a reasonably recent Comsky interview film by Will Pascoe, “Noam Chomsky on the World: The Chomsky Sessions” , dated 2008.  The film comprises his lectures at McMaster University in Hamilton. Ontario, and some personal interviews. 

I had reviewed the interview film “Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times” from John Junkerman, in 2002, on the Movies Blog.  This new interview film seems to have pretty much the same material, and maybe the same lectures.
Chomsky takes the view that world still runs itself for the rich, and that moral calls for personal sacrifice often seem to be given out to benefit the power structure.
He makes a lot of the fact that, even in the world of a global Internet, there is an effort to make sure that more educated people have the “right beliefs”.
The DVD contains as a bonus a 70-minute lecture, “Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?”  Chomsky mentions the historical fact that “one word” from a Russian submarine commander in October 1962 may have prevented the Cuban Missile Crisis from blowing up into nuclear war.  I had covered this event with a review of the PBS film “The Man Who Save the World”  (in the “Secrets of the Dead” series) on the TV Blog, Oct. 23, 2013.

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