Noam Chomsky: “driven into the industrial system” — “driven into wage-slavery”

In the following interview of Noam Chomsky by Chris Hedges, Chomsky starts with the historical reality of people in the United States “driven into the industrial system.” And he goes on to describe the workers’ resistance to this state of affairs, and he also describes the government’s successful efforts to foster compliance through the “manufacture of consent,” including through general education.

Chomsky’s economic solution is to have a system of worker-owned enterprises. A solution, incidentally, which is also supported by Richard Wolff.

My quick response it that a worker-owned enterprise is compatible with capitalism. It does not address itself to the problem of unemployment.

The problem with this interview is that it does not address itself to the question: “How is the population driven into the industrial system?”

The answer is tied to the necessary condition for capitalism, which is the political deprivation of people to a free access to subsistence land. And the other matter which has to be addressed is: How does such a political system work (and is possible) which drives people into wage-slavery ?

What is required is a critique of the U.S. Constitution — a critique which neither Chomsky nor Hedges is prepared to give!

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