Nov 26, 2021
“Thatcher was either lying or stupid”. “Our economy is public subsidy, private profit”. “The Republican party is not a party, it’s an organisation”. Noam Chomsky certainly does not pull his punches – and in Part 1 of his exclusive How To Academy conversation with Fatima Bhutto, he comes out fighting against the “40 years of neoliberal assault”, and offers his analysis as to why it all went so wrong…
The war in Afghanistan and the mafia-like global order; Modhi and the collapse of Indian democracy; the “China Threat” and the “pivot to Asia; Joe Manchin and climate change. The world seems like a dark place, and in Part 2 of his exclusive How To Academy conversation with Fatima Bhutto, Noam Chomsky attempts to make sense of the chaos.
Noam Chomsky is the bestselling author of over 100 influential political books. He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. His videos with MSNBC (on Biden and the GOP), World Science Festival (Mind Your Language), Jacobin (Where the left goes after Trump), Gulf News (on Afghanistan), David Pakman (on the Modern Day Trump-Republican Party), Harvard Law School, The Stoa (with Natalie Wynn on the future of the left), The Origins Podcast (on Afghanistan) and Owen Jones (on Palestine and capitalism).
Fatima Bhutto is a Pakistani writer. She is the author of the novels The Runaways, and The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, longlisted for Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her most recent nonfiction book is New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop (which argues that the West’s cultural influence is diminishing across the globe. Her first book is Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir which deals with her father, Mir Murtaza Bhutto’s assassination at the hands of the Pakistani state.