Avram Noam Chomsky: "Saving the commons from the wrecking ball of commercial destruction"

(lifePR) (Bonn, ) "The commons have been steadily dismantled by the principle that everything has to be privately owned." These were the words of American political critic Avram Noam Chomsky at the Global Media Forum in Bonn.

Widely regarded as the intellectual father of the Occupy Movement, Chomsky spoke about the current conflict in Gezi Park in Istanbul, saying that "the protesters are trying to save the last part of the commons in Istanbul from the wrecking ball of commercial destruction." The renowned 85-year-old linguist and philosopher gave a lecture at the Global Media Forum entitled "Roadmap to a Just World - People Reanimating Democracy."

Chomsky also addressed the continued decline of civil rights in the United States and other Western democracies, which he referred to as "Real Existing Capital Democracies" or RECD for short.

"The masters do not relent. The more freedom is won, the more intense are the efforts to redirect society to a proper course," he said. The influence of the US is not based on "its inherent character," he said, but because of its power "other states tend to move in that direction."

Professor Chomsky asserted that the general public can only act when they are informed. He talked about the larger forces working in the background, especially those that endanger world peace. "Here the free press enters," he said. His closing message was to ask the media to "tell the truth about important things."

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