decline is self-inflicted

It is reported that part of this decline is self-inflicted…. This just can’t be … America always has someone to BLAME … and that can’t be us …

Noam Chomsky on America’s Declining Empire, Occupy and the Arab Spring

 By Joshua Holland, AlterNet…Posted on April 24, 2012, Printed on April 24, 2012…

Last year, the Occupy Movement rose up spontaneously in cities and towns across the country, radically shifted the discourse and rattled the economic elite with its defiant populism. It was, according to Noam Chomsky, “the first major public response to thirty years of class war.” In his new book, Occupy, Chomsky looks at the central issues, questions and demands that are driving ordinary people to protest. How did we get to this point? How are the wealthiest 1 percent influencing the lives of the other 99 percent? How can we separate money from politics? What would a genuinely democratic election look like?

Chomsky appeared on this week’s AlterNet Radio Hour. Below is a transcript that’s been lightly edited for clarity. (You can listen to the whole show here)

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