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Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman Discuss Economic Inequality

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Monday, April 24, 2017

**Noam Chomsky**, MIT's Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, and **Amy Goodman**, host of the award-winning independent news program _Democracy Now!_ discuss the unprecedented rate of inequality in the U.S. and its impacts on society and democracy, as addressed in Chomsky's book/doc film, [_Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power_](http://www.harvard.com/event/noam_chomsky/ ""). Noam Chomsky is widely regarded as the most influential thinker of our time, but never before has he devoted a major book to one topic: income inequality. "Requiem for the American Dream" is not an essay collection but an entire work of some 70,000 words based on four years of interviews with Chomsky by the editors. Chomsky considers these to be his final, long-form documentary interviews. It is a book that makes Chomsky's breadth and depth accessible, and at the same gives us his most powerful political ideas with unprecedented, breathtaking directness. It will go down as one of his greatest and most lasting contributions. Requiem for the American Dream is being produced in tandem with the film of the same name that was recently released in selected theaters and is now available to watch via online streaming.

Noam Chomsky is a leading linguistic scientist and a longtime professor at MIT. His 1957 book Syntactic Structures outlined his theories of transformational generative grammar and made him a prominent and controversial figure in the field. Chomsky is also known as a political activist suspicious of big media, big business and big government. His books include Manufacturing Consent (1988) and Propaganda and the Public Mind (2001).
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of *Democracy Now!*, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 750 TV and radio stations in North America. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize for developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media. She is also one of the the first recipients, along with Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald, of the Park Center for Independent Medias Izzy Award, named for the great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. Goodman is the co-author with her brother, journalist David Goodman, of three New York Times bestsellers, *Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times *(2008), *Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back* (2006) and *The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them* (2004). Goodman has received the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award; the Paley Center for Medias Shes Made It Award; and the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.