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Noam Chomsky on A Recipe for Disaster

“laughter through tears,” to borrow from my heritage

Noam Chomsky on A Recipe for Disaster

The Cockroach Conspiracy
2020-05-19T20:50:26-07:00

Noam Chomsky on A Recipe for Disaster

“laughter through tears,” to borrow from my heritage

Noam Chomsky on The Corporate Cockroach Conspiracy

Grim thoughts, and not easy to refute.
The Cockroach Conspiracy
2020-05-19T20:28:07-07:00
Grim thoughts, and not easy to refute.

Michael Parenti on The Politics of Patriotism

your essay pretty much says it all. maybe you can get it published somewhere, tho you might have to shorten it a bit.
all the best, MP

Michael Parenti on The Politics of Patriotism

The Cockroach Conspiracy
2020-05-19T20:48:08-07:00

Michael Parenti on The Politics of Patriotism

your essay pretty much says it all. maybe you can get it published somewhere, tho you might have to shorten it a bit. all the best, MP

Noam Chomsky’s reply to my first e-mail in 2006

Quite a story.  The best part is that “the bastards haven’t stopped me yet! I’m going to keep on fighting them until my dying days.” That’s the right attitude, and over time, it does make a difference.

Noam Chomsky's reply to my first e-mail in 2006

The Cockroach Conspiracy
2020-05-19T20:41:04-07:00

Noam Chomsky's reply to my first e-mail in 2006

Quite a story.  The best part is that “the bastards haven’t stopped me yet! I’m going to keep on fighting them until my dying days.” That’s the right attitude, and over time, it does make a difference.

Richard Wolff (Marxian economist) on A Recipe for Disaster

Nice but my laughter aims to keep me from crying

Richard Wolff (Marxian economist) on A Recipe for Disaster

The Cockroach Conspiracy
2020-05-19T20:52:21-07:00

Richard Wolff (Marxian economist) on A Recipe for Disaster

Nice but my laughter aims to keep me from crying

Professor Charles Derber (Boston College) on The Politics of Patriotism

Hi Rob – Thanks for getting in touch and sending me your letter to your son. What a creative form of communication!  It’s a moving testament to a son about the military from a father, and your words (and great photos) are heartfelt and on point. Your son is a fortunate person! In fact, I think I’ll give the link, if it’s ok, to some of students in my BC course called Peace or War. I think it will interest them!

Professor Charles Derber (Boston College) on The Politics of Patriotism

The Cockroach Conspiracy
2020-05-19T20:44:55-07:00

Professor Charles Derber (Boston College) on The Politics of Patriotism

Hi Rob – Thanks for getting in touch and sending me your letter to your son. What a creative form of communication!  It’s a moving testament to a son about the military from a father, and your words (and great photos) are heartfelt and on point. Your son is a fortunate person! In fact, I think I’ll give the link, if it’s ok, to some of students in my BC course called Peace or War. I think it will interest them!

Noam Chomsky on A Critical Point

Well-put, and I fully share the frustration and incomprehension.

Noam Chomsky on A Critical Point

The Cockroach Conspiracy
2020-05-19T20:53:55-07:00

Noam Chomsky on A Critical Point

Well-put, and I fully share the frustration and incomprehension.

Noam Chomsky on Barbarians at the Gate

Painful to believe, but there’s more than a little chance that we’ll all go into that dark night with this buffoon in the lead.  Hard not to look with foreboding at the year ahead.

Noam Chomsky on Barbarians at the Gate

The Cockroach Conspiracy
2020-05-19T20:36:01-07:00

Noam Chomsky on Barbarians at the Gate

Painful to believe, but there’s more than a little chance that we’ll all go into that dark night with this buffoon in the lead.  Hard not to look with foreboding at the year ahead.
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