Saturday, 13 August 2011

The Clinton Vision: Old Wine, New Bottles (1994)

Chomsky walks his audience through the corporate forces that pushed for NAFTA, how the Clinton administration became uncompromising about its ratification in spite of its unpopularity with the American people, how the agreement hurts developing countries and American workers, and how Clinton's subservience to corporate interests belied the myth about Clinton and his so-called "New Vision" for the USA. Instead the "instruments of repression" flourished under Clinton as thousands of police officers were added, more prisons were built, chain gangs increased and as laws were changed to increase mandatory sentences to prison. In short, while the corporate sector received more freedom and less accountability, ordinary people received less freedom and more accountability under Clinton.