AMY GOODMAN: On December 5, over 2,300 people packed into the historic Riverside Church here in Manhattan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now! Speakers included Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author, institute professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "We now face [what] are the most severe [threats] that have ever arisen in human history. They are literal threats to survival: nuclear war, environmental catastrophe. These are very urgent concerns," Chomsky said. "They cannot be delayed. They became more urgent on November 8th, for the reasons you know and that I mentioned. They have to be faced directly, and soon, if the human experiment is not to prove to be a disastrous failure."
Noam Chomsky: With Trump Election, We Are Now Facing Threats to the Survival of the Human Species
Monday, January 02, 2017
By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
What causes me to have great thought is something that’s most unique to my experience. And as I said earlier tonight, at the doorstep of being 90 years of age, I had thought I had seen it all and done it all, only to find out that, at 89, I knew nothing. But the most peculiar thing to me has been the absence of a black presence in the middle of this resistance, not just the skirmishes that we’ve seen in Ferguson and Black Lives Matter—and I think those protests and those voices being raised are extremely important. But we blew this thing a long time ago. When they started the purge against communism in this country and against the voice of those who saw hope in a design for socialist theory and for the sharing of wealth and for the equality of humankind, when we abandoned our vigil—our vision and vigils on that topic, I think we sold out ourselves.
Well, there's a lot more to say about the fears and hopes and prospects. The threats and dangers are very real. There are plenty of opportunities. And as we face them, again, particularly the younger people among you, we should never overlook the fact that the threats that we now face are the most severe that have ever arisen in human history. They are literal threats to survival: nuclear war, environmental catastrophe. These are very urgent concerns. They cannot be delayed. They became more urgent on November 8th, for the reasons you know and that I mentioned. They have to be faced directly, and soon, if the human experiment is not to prove to be a disastrous failure.
TRANSCRIPT: Noam Chomsky
Si Bolívar fue El Libertador de América, me atrevo a describir a Fidel como un Visionario o un Iluminado, que logró convertir en realidad, casi todo lo que imaginó. Su legado de sabiduría, valentía, firmeza en los principios, flexibilidad táctica, vitalidad y ternura, lo convierten ahora en un símbolo aún más poderoso.
La historia lo absolvió y con su ejemplo de vida, logró perpetuarse en el alma del pueblo cubano y de las fuerzas progresistas del mundo.
El legado de Fidel…
Por Papo Coss
Publicado: miércoles, 11 de enero de 2017