Noam Chomsky Propaganda & Control of the Public Mind (Live) (2-CD)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: November 10, 1998
  • Label: Alternative Tentacle

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.A Real War
  • 2.Controlling the Public Mind
  • 3.Propaganda
  • 4.The Public Relations Industry
  • 5.Conscious Manipulation
  • 6.Labor Under Attack
  • 7.The Fate of Democracy
  • 8.The Minority of the Opulent
  • 9.Regimentation
  • 10.Hysteria Among the Masters
  • 11.Americanism
  • 12.Mohawk Valley Formula
  • 13.Marginalization
  • 14.CIA Intervention
  • 15.Free Trade
  • 16.Welfare for the Rich
  • 17.Delusion
  • 18.Indoctrination
  • 19.Labor Struggles
  • 20.Authoritarian Structures
  • 21.Demonizing Labor
  • 22.Selling Free Enterprise

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Conspiracy Theories
  • 2.The Crisis of Democracy
  • 3.Cuba and the U.S.
  • 4.Solutions
  • 5.Reshaping the Legal System
  • 6.Private Tyrannies
  • 7.Role of the Media
  • 8.Poor People Pay
  • 9.The Country Is Flooded With Money
  • 10.Privatization
  • 11.Business Run Society
  • 12.Enlightenment Principles
  • 13.The Cold War
  • 14.Islam as the Enemy

Product Description:

Recorded live at The Harvard Trade Union Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 7, 1997.
Recording information: Harvard Trade Union Program, Cambridge, MA (02/07/1997).
Since the first stirrings of America's constitutional system, the framers wished to assure that the rights of private property prevailed. "The primary responsibility of government is to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority," said James Madison, and he warned that the government might not always be able to control the public with force. Political critic Noam Chomsky takes the listener through a loose history of American propaganda on this two-CD set from the wealthy landowners worried about agrarian reform who designed the U.S. government to the creation of the public relations industry in the '20s. Unsettling to listen to, Chomsky's research shows a very undemocratic country doing everything it can to keep workers from organizing, including beating them to a pulp and jailing them during the '20s, and more recently using propaganda to mobilize the community against them. He talks about how after World War II many Americans had basic social democratic ideas and there was enormous support for social programs, so the public-relations industry realized it had to "indoctrinate people with the capitalist story," and by the '50s a third of the material in America's schools was coming straight out of corporate propaganda offices. In one of Chomsky's more interesting tangents, he talks about how the CIA from its inception was trying to upset Italy's popular labor movement after World War II. Since Chomsky's main subject is often wrongs the U.S. has committed abroad and at home, he sometimes stretches his arguments and makes questionable statements like, "The U.S. is probably more fundamentalist than Iran." But generally he backs up his opinions with facts and his thesis is one that needs to be heard. His arguments are in fact so well put, contrary to mainstream media blabbing, and slightly dangerous that listeners shouldn't expect to see him on TV talk shows any time soon. ~ Adam Bregman

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