Chomsky speaks out in support of Wall Street protests

by Jerome Roos on September 26, 2011

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Noam Chomsky, the leading academic and public intellectual, has issued a statement in support of the “courageous and honorable protests” on Wall Street.

Via Fuggin Suggin

MIT Professor Noam Chomsky (wiki), the most-cited living author in the world and one of the most staunchly anti-capitalist intellectuals in the United States, has sent a “strong message of support” to the organizers of the Occupy Wall Street protests:

Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”

The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.

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Dredd September 26, 2011 at 19:47

Thank you for this coverage.

Thanks to Noam too.

Please do not consider my doubts to be a call to become domesticated. It is just that I have to call ‘em as I see ‘em.

Just sayin’ ….


Mary Ann Martorana September 26, 2011 at 22:23

Prof. Chomsky you continue to be my hero in a time when there are so few of them. Thank you for your courage, your brilliance and your perception. May you live 100 years!


karina nino de rivera September 26, 2011 at 23:04

Thanks for posting. More posts like this should be spread out.


geoffrey September 26, 2011 at 23:10

Who took that picture?


Cliff September 27, 2011 at 00:55

Dredd, that is exactly what what your awkwardly promoted blog is calling for.

The Chom has it right.


Bea Rue September 27, 2011 at 03:24

Perfectly put. Thanks for posting.

Not that there aren’t enough videos already floating through cyberland, but here’s one my friend Meaghan Lenick took:

It gets pretty rough after the 3rd minute.


Robert Steers September 27, 2011 at 09:34

Any chance you could throw a video up?


Jérôme E. Roos September 27, 2011 at 11:53

A video of what precisely?


Janet MacKenzie September 28, 2011 at 23:17

Agreed. Video would be very helpful.


Jérôme E. Roos September 29, 2011 at 12:37

Video of what?!


Don Carroll September 27, 2011 at 11:42



Anthony September 29, 2011 at 20:08

Can anyone tell me the name of the photographer/artist which made this wonderful rendering of Chomsky?


RalfLippold October 2, 2011 at 09:59

Power of business results in political power, only leaving out the majority of the country (where ever that may be – take your own example). Dynamics kick in and over time subtle changes lead to “Black Swans” (at least perceived by the ones in the money and political arena in most cases) like we have seen in Northern Africa earlier this year, and lately in New York City where Brooklyn Bridge happened to place of astonishingly action shared with the world (actually not by “official media” (which often is a gatekeeper) but people like you and me filming the ongoings with their mobiles.

The World has been witness of what is going on. We are definitely all interconnected and knowledge is flowing around the globe with less and less friction. Ronald Coase (he turned 100 years of age lately – congratulations to him and best of health for the years to come!!!) certainly is watching how his writing from 1937 ‘Nature of the Firm’ applies to the larger context by now (see also


TW October 6, 2011 at 17:15

Norm, spoken like the socialist pinko that you are.

Why don’t you and all of you socialist lackeys just move to Cuba of North Korea if you want a socialist government? I am sure the recipient socialist countries would welcome you, as I am equally sure those of us that want to continue a capitalist tradition in this country want you all to go and be happy over there.

Stop your wining and just go.

P.s. Stick around for next years elections if you must. After the inevitable results, I am sure that you will be leaving to arrive at your respective socialist nirvana destinations. Be well assured that that destination will be overseas.

Respectfully yours, TW former USMC vet and Capitalist


Jérôme E. Roos October 6, 2011 at 19:18

Good luck my capitalist friend. You’ll need it.


TW October 7, 2011 at 01:50

Luck will have nothing to do with the impending election results. It is high time you socialists read the tea leaves. The American electorate has had enough of Obama and his wealth redistribution plans. It did not work in the Soviet Union and it is not working in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and all the other socialist countries. Pick a loser socialist country and pack your bags, play time in America is over.

Oh and by the way, I am living proof that this is true as several conservatives and I were elected to County public office in 2010. In fact NOT ONE Democrat was elected in my County for the 2010 cycle. Pennsylvania was a blue state, now it is all red.


Jérôme E. Roos October 7, 2011 at 02:18

Obama a socialist? Papandreou a socialist? Zapatero a socialist? You have to be kidding.


Axel Salomonsson October 29, 2011 at 16:50

If you have a moderator, why not block these type of super-ignorant remarks?


Jérôme E. Roos October 29, 2011 at 21:05

Freedom of speech my friend. Ignorance is not illegal.

VoiceOfReason October 6, 2011 at 23:59

Isn’t Democracy designed to encourage dialogue and change for the better?

Or is our country’s motto really “Like it or leave it?”


TW October 7, 2011 at 02:01

You don’t have to like it or leave it. But you do have to leave it alone when you’re not the majority. Option “B” is to take up arms, just remember I was the Marine you were most likely the hippy, who do you think will win that fight. Yes that’s right collage educator and marksman.


Mike October 7, 2011 at 02:46

‘Collage’ educator huh? The fact that you’re unable to spell ‘college’ sure says a lot.


Guy October 10, 2011 at 20:03


Maria March 5, 2012 at 22:32

You should learn how to spell before posting something. It makes you look even more ignorant when you can’t spell the absurd content of your message.


Benedict October 16, 2011 at 08:27

I think that some people need to realise that just because one does not support the current system of capitalism, it doesn’t mean that one is ‘anti-capitalist’ or a ‘pinko socialist freak’. The choice of economic systems in the world don’t just boil down to communism and capitalism. As well as the choice of political parties shouldn’t just boil down to red or blue. There are many alternatives, and that’s exactly what most of us are fighting for.


Axel Salomonsson October 29, 2011 at 15:21

Good point. To try to bundle people together by calling them names is a way for the political establishment, or the elite, to try to stereotype and brand the movement and thereby alter it’s image into something which fits in the until now very dominant neo-liberal discourse. The exercise of this type of discoursive power is far more powerful and sophisticated than meerly controlling people through physical force. The problem for them however, is that this traditional kind of mindcontroll doesn’t seem to work any longer, since people have already awaken and started to take controll of their life’s through organised resistance. The revolution has already taken place in the minds of the people. We now think and speak for ourselves once again!


deniz October 16, 2011 at 17:56

let’s not fotget that Titanic was also called “too big to sink”


Axel Salomonsson October 29, 2011 at 15:01

Kick ass Noam!


jayadeepmacheri November 8, 2011 at 03:52

yes i support the movement called WE 99% . radically it is correct and human beings versus corporates .the corporates are paper beings and they dont have blood they dont cry they only eat and they eat every thing


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