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Noam Chomsky, the pioneering linguist and author of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, has devised an easy solution for Americans who want to eliminate terrorism. "Stop participating in it," he says. That's just one of the many cold-water pronouncements that have made the outspoken MIT professor's name a pejorative in conservatives circles while making him a natural ally of liberal activists and occupiers everywhere.

Foreign policy, Chomsky says, is seldom if ever rooted in morality but is instead a reflection of elite concerns. Corporate news, he adds, is nothing but a propaganda organ that makes people feel afraid and helpless while it parrots confusing myths about a "free market" in the service of a system where risk is assumed by the public and profits are privatized.

Professor Chomsky will commune with the 99 percent and elaborate on these ideas when he visits Rhodes College on Friday, January 13th, to discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement. Then, on Saturday, January 14th, he'll lecture on the topic of "revolutionary pacifism and structural violence" as part of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center's 30th Anniversary Celebration at First Congregational Church.

Noam Chomsky at Rhodes College, part of the "Communities in Conversation series," Friday, January 13th, 5 p.m., in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center. Free. rhodes.edu .

The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center's 30th Anniversary Celebration at First Congregational Church, Saturday, January 14th. banquet at 6 p.m.; music by the Bluff City Backsliders and dance performances by Bridging Souls Productions and the Performance Art Network. Tickets are $50, including the meal, or $20 for speakers and entertainment only. midsouthpeace.org.

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