[act-ma] 3/27/09 RFM recording of Chomsky and Fletcher speaking on Challenges Before Us

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Radio Free Maine
New Strategies for the Obama Era:  Are you ready?
Challenges Before Us

Noam Chomsky
Chomsky notes that 75% of Afghans want negotiations between all groups in Afghanistan.  And while President Karzai has 50% popularity, American troops are only 25%.  “One of the big problems the US forces, the new forces, are going to face when they get to Afghanistan, of course, one of the problems will be insurgency, the other problem will be they’re not wanted.  They’ll have to somehow deal with this rather tricky issue.” 

American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist, author and lecturer. Known as the father of modern linguistics, this libertarian socialist is one of the most prolific writers in the U.S.  Chomsky is an Institute Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at MIT.

Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Fletcher noted that while there was plenty of anger and rage following the financial collapse last fall, “How little of a response, an organized response, there was.  Certainly from the union movement, but also from other social movements.”  Fletcher also noted that the next decade will be the 50th anniversary of the 60’s decade.  The movement has to make sure that our history is told, not the ruling class’s interpretation.

Labor, peace and justice activist, Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, former President of TransAfrica Forum, founder of the Black Radical Congress, and former Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the George Meany Center of the AFL-CIO

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