Chomsky on wealth / Mark Steele and Annie Shreffler
,  January 27, 2015

Noam Chomsky on Wealth and Privilege

Chomsky on wealth / Mark Steele and Annie Shreffler
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Noam Chomsky on Wealth and Privilege

Noam Chomsky and the ACLU Massachusetts’s Kade Crockford spoke at The Baffler’s talk “The Tsarnaev Trial and the Rest of Us” at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Video by Mark Steele and Annie Shreffler.

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