Noam Chomsky on activism and climate change.

Yeray Lopez
Yeray Lopez

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A few weeks back, I had the pleasure and privilege to talk to one of the most influential people of all times, a hero of mine and of most people who care for social justice, Noam Chomsky. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous before the conversation began, but at his 94 years of age, Noam's limitless kindness, brilliance, and understanding put me at ease.

Parts of this conversation will be part of a podcast on which we are working, "The green Revolution - A surviving guide for humanity." Unfortunately, I recorded the video in a low resolution; but that will not affect the thrill I had of talking with someone that history will remember a hundred years from now.

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”
Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky - text by Christian Garland

Noam Chomsky (December 7, 1928) is a US political theorist, activist, and institute linguistics professor. Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today. Chomsky continues to be an unapologetic critic of both American foreign policy and its ambitions for geopolitical hegemony and the neoliberal turn of global capitalism, which he identifies in terms of class warfare waged from above against the needs and interests of the great majority.

Chomsky is also an incisive critic of the ideological role of the mainstream corporate mass media, which, he maintains, "manufactures consent" toward the desirability of capitalism and the political powers supportive of it.

Chomsky has written over 100 books, his most recent being "Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power."

The interview - Timestamps

  • 00:28'' - What was the evil you wanted to fight when you became an activist, and what kind of future did you imagine back then?
  • 09:17'' - Civil Disobedience. Is the conversation and trust between civil society, policymakers, and/or science at risk? The Neoliberal Assault on the society.
  • 14:44'' - How can we expand the concept of activism? Is there a systemic failure that we should correct? Is activism the answer?
  • Who are the biggest offenders, and how can activism take them down?
  • 19:15'' - Where do you get your motivation from? What is your secret to keeping on running with so much strength?
  • 23:20'' - Will the implementation of ECOCIDE in the International Criminal Court help prevent the destruction of Nature?
  • 28:45'' - What should we do so the storytelling around climate change is more effective? What are we missing so we bring that important truth to our heads?
  • 35:13'' - Extra tips from Noam

Without a doubt, this has been one of the highlights that MoonLeaks has allowed me to enjoy. I hope that it was helpful to you too.

Thanks a lot Noam!


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