In this exclusive interview, scholar and linguist Noam Chomsky discusses the subject of his latest book (What Kind of Creatures Are We?), his scientific explorations of language and the human mind, and why humans have a clear choice in choosing optimism over despair.
As the profitability of Minnesota iron declines, the state is looking to sulfide mining as a potential investment. Thousands of critics, however, have voiced concerns about the possible environmental impact of the proposed mines, including the danger of toxic contaminants leaching into waterways.
The question then is not if another financial bubble will burst, but when. To avoid further crises with huge tragic social costs, we have an urgent task to bring finance back under democratic control, to reconfigure society's relation to finance capital, indeed, to capital itself. Iceland shows that democratic control of the banks is possible.