Noam Chomsky gives the keynote at the Econvergence conference on October 2nd, 2009. "What to do when elites fail? There is a simple answer. Get rid of them. It's going to be a long struggle. But the first question to ask is do they really fail?" Adam Smith pointed out, The principal architects of policy in England make sure their own interests are very well served no matter how grievous the effect on others. The outlines from Smith's time to today are fairly consistent. The powerful protect their interests. Chomsky talks about the democratic deficit: the gap between public opinion and policy. Interesting discussion on democracy juxtaposing Aristotle and Madison. Lecture is followed by Q&A.
Noam Chomsky is an internationally renowned MIT professor. He practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. He is in huge demand as a speaker all over world. "The New Statesman" calls him, "The conscience of the American people." The New York Times says he's "a global phenomenon, perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet." Author of scores of books, his latest are "The Essential Chomsky" and "What We Say Goes."