2007-03-06

Kicking Away the Ladder: Corporate Economics Vs. Democracy - A Talk by Noam Chomsky


"In this talk Chomsky focuses on the problems of democracy development. He discusses the so-called grand economy, as touted by Milton Friedman and others, which Chomsky describes as a great failure for the majority of the population.

Chomsky also details the history of the US trajectory, after WWII, towards becoming the most powerful state in history using military and economic policies that were anything but democratic. He looks in particular at the history of the US domination of Latin America, as well as at recent Latin American challenges to US neoliberal policies. He closes by encouraging solidarity work across the hemispheres to help build a global justice movement.

Talk 60 minutes; Q&A 25 minutes. Filmed December 1, 2006 at English High School in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts."

Here's a link to Youtube where you can watch this talk

You can purchase the DVD of this talk here

Related info in extended entry

Also, here's a fascinating essay by Ha-Joon Chang on the the Real Historyof Free Trade (the essay is called of course Kicking Away the Ladder)

If you don't have adobe you can view the essay here

You can purchase Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective by Ha-Joon Chang here

For a quick glance at all of this, here's a summary of Chang's book




| Tom Vouloumanos



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