(Chomsky 2011) Occupy the future


Chomsky, Noam. Occupy the future [Internet]. In These Times. 2011 Nov 1. Available from: http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/12206/occupy_the_future. Accessed 2012 Mar 10. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/63T08Ag4d.

Chomsky hails the Occupy movement as the most hopeful sign for the USA in decades, but warns the Occupiers not to expect swift victory. He outlines the movement’s roots in the economic polarization between the “plutonomy” (a term for the wealthy elite, coined by the bank Citigroup) and the “precariat” (the rest of the population, “people who live a precarious existence at the periphery of society”). Chomsky sees the plutonomy as comprising not even 1% of the population — more like 0.1%. This polarization has led to an unprecedented atmosphere of pessimism in the USA, combined with a sense of urgency motivated by the fear of irreversible environmental catastrophe. Chomsky emphasizes the importance of building a popular base, and educating ourselves, through extensive interaction with others.

 

 

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