Thursday, February 02, 2006

Axis of Justice Launches 2006 with Noam Chomsky

Rockin! Figuratively and literally.

Below is the the Chomsky press release/story - quoted in full:

January 5, 2006 - The Axis of Justice Radio Network, the monthly radio program hosted by Tom Morello (Audioslave) and Serj Tankian (System of a Down), will launch its 2006 season with a very special show set to air Friday, January 13. Morello and Tankian will welcome Noam Chomsky, the famed scholar, political activist and libertarian socialist.

The Axis of Justice Radio Network can be heard on KPFK in Los Angeles (90.7 FM) and in Santa Barbara (98.7 FM) at 7:00PM, online at, and on XM Satellite Radio on XM channel 53. The show will also be archived here.

The interview was conducted and taped in December and over the course of the one-hour program, Chomsky discusses subjects such as Iraq, propaganda, American activism, the international labor movement, and hope for the future.

When Chomsky was asked "what gives you hope for the future", he responded, "What gives me hope is people like you, and your listeners. In fact, the general population of the United States." He goes on to say how, despite right-wing politicians and a massive campaign to shift American values to the right, Americans maintain startlingly progressive, humane values.

What is Axis of Justice all about? (my links added)

Our Mission
Axis of Justice is non-profit organization
formed by Tom Morello of Audioslave and Serj Tankian of System of a Down. Its purpose is to bring together musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice together.

We aim to build a bridge between fans of music around the world and local political organizations to effectively organize around issues of peace, human rights, and economic justice.

They even did a PDF transcript of the interview. Nice. I did about one minute and thirty seconds worth of transcription the other day and it took me about twenty minutes - and I can type 60+ words a minute - transcription is tough - especially for informal interviews, because the language can be choppier and go back and forth quickly, etc.

Mad props to Morello and Tankian.

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