Naom Chomsky giving a lecture - Westerkerk,
Amsterdam, 13th March 2011
[11Amsterdam-Westerkerk 01 & 11Amsterdam-Westerkerk 02]
The rise of neo-fascist parties in much of Europe would be a frightening phenomenon even if we were not to recall what happened on the continent in the recent past.
Just imagine the reaction if Jews were being expelled from France to misery and oppression, and then witness the non-reaction when that is happening to Roma, also victims
of the Holocaust and Europe’s most brutalized population.
And before we laugh, we might also bear in mind that the current economic crisis is traceable in no small measure to the fanatic faith in such dogmas as the efficient
market hypothesis, and in general to what Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, 15 years ago, called the “religion” that markets know best – which prevented the central bank
and the economics profession from taking notice of an $8 trillion housing bubble that had no basis at all in economic fundamentals, and that devastated the economy when
All of this, and much more, can proceed as long as the Muashar doctrine prevails. As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or
hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.
Naom Chomsky 13th March 2011