As Obama assembles his cabinet and prepares to take over the reins from President Bush, more questions are being raised about the kind of change he’ll bring to Washington and the world. Progressives who supported Obama’s candidacy, celebrated his historic victory, are dismayed by his consideration of Clinton-era figures as his key advisers, many of whom championed financial deregulation and are hawkish on foreign policy.
World-renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky discussed the meaning of Obama’s victory and the possibilities ahead for real democratic change at a recent address in Boston. He’s been a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for over a half-century and written over a hundred books.
In his first public appearance since the election, Professor Chomsky spoke last week to a packed audience in Boston at an event organized by Encuentro 5. His talk was called “What Next? The Elections, the Economy, and the World.”