Liberty Forged

the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. ` Nock

Antiwar w/Chomsky and Bock

Posted by Jesse on March 9, 2009


Noam Chomsky, author of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, discusses the roots of U.S. imperialism, the often overlooked opportunity costs of empire, the exaggerated strength of U.S. economic rivals, the continuation of the Great Game into the 21st century, how the Western World’s observance of the Durand Line exacerbates problems in Afghanistan, the empire’s loss in Iraq, the U.S. doctrine of punishing Iran just to make an example out of them and the Israeli policy of incremental displacement of the Palestinian population in the occupied territories.

MP3 here. (41:12)

Noam Chomsky is professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and widely regarded as the father of modern linguistics. He is the author of Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies and dozens of other books on politics and linguistics.


Alan Bock, senior editorial writer at the Orange County Register and regular columnist, discusses the escalating drug-related violence in Mexico, how the Prohibition regulatory framework idled by the 21st Amendment found a second life policing marijuana use, the allure of black-market profits and the counterproductive and predictable results of the war on drugs.

MP3 here. (24:34)

Alan Bock is a columnist and the senior writer for the editorial page of the Orange County Register where he has written editorials and columns for more than 25 years. He is the author of Waiting to Inhale – The Politics of Medical Marijuana and Ambush at Ruby Ridge. His “Eye on the Empire” column is a regular feature on


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