David (dissembly) wrote,

humans, hope, fear.

AMY GOODMAN: Noam Chomsky, you’ve just hit eighty. We just have a few minutes to go. And how does it feel?

NOAM CHOMSKY: I have a few years to go. I don’t think about it much.

AMY GOODMAN: But as you reflect, talking about these huge social movements, cataclysmic times in the world, your life experience, what gives you hope?

NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, there’s both hope and fear. I mean, I’m old enough to have grown up in the Depression. And some of my memories—I didn’t understand that much at the time—childhood memories, are listening to Hitler’s speeches. I didn’t understand them, but I could sense the reaction of my parents, you know, and had a feeling of fear, you know, a tremendous fear. In fact, the first article I wrote was in 1939, when I was in fourth grade, and it was about the expansion of fascism over Europe, a kind of a dark cloud that may envelop everything. And as I mentioned before, I have some of those same concerns now.


AMY GOODMAN: And finally, our condolences on the loss of Carol.


AMY GOODMAN: Your life partner, someone you knew—well, you’re eighty—what, for seventy-seven years?

NOAM CHOMSKY: Yeah, actually. Not easy to face.

AMY GOODMAN: What gives you the strength to go on after Carol?

NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, the kind of thing you do, for example. That makes a difference.
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