Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Michael Albert
on Democracy Now for 2007-04-17
Headlines for April 17th, 2007
- Gunman Kills 32 In Virginia School Shooting - Gun Control Advocates Criticize Virginia's Lax Gun Laws U.S. Military Death Toll Tops 3,300 - Baghdad Residents: U.S. Troops Randomly Fire on Family - Ex-Worker Ordered Not to Discuss Wal-Mart's Spy Operations - Thousands March to U.S. Capitol Calling For D.C. Voting Rights - Tommy Thompson: Earning Money is "Part of the Jewish Tradition"
Noam Chomsky Accuses Alan Dershowitz of Launching a "Jihad" to Block Norman Finkelstein From Getting Tenure at Depaul University
We play Part II of our conversation with two of the country's leading dissidents, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. In the interview, we ask Chomsky about Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz who is lobbying DePaul faculty members to oppose Norman Finkelstein's bid to receive tenure. Chomsky says, "[Dershowitz] launched a jihad against Norman Finkelstein simply to try and vilify and defame in the hope that maybe what he is writing will disappear." [includes rush transcript]
Howard Zinn Urges U.S. Soldiers to Heed Thoreau’s Advice and “Resist Authority”
In Part II of our conversation with Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, we speak with the two leading dissidents about U.S. wars from Iraq to Vietnam, resistance and academia. Zinn speaks about the importance of Henry David Thoreau and his relevance today. Zinn says soldiers should “read Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience or take its advice to heart, realize that the government is not holy, but what's holy is human life and human freedom and the right for people to resist authority.” [includes rush transcript]
From SDS to Life After Capitalism: Z Mag Founder Michael Albert on Activism, "Parecon" and a Model for a Participatory Society
It's a question that's been posed to social movements for years. We know what you oppose, but what's your alternative? Michael Albert is considered one of today's leading thinkers on that very question. He has been writing and speaking on his concept of an economic and social vision for decades. Albert is founder of Z Magazine and its sister website Znet, as well as co-founder of South End Press.