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Needs Before Wants, or Vice Versa? — Annoyed Librarian

From the most hated librarian in the profession, this time asking a couple of very good questions. The kind of question the hipster librarians don’t want to hear. I mean, who cares about poor kids needing Internet access at their public library to do homework? Let’s get that library a fancy, expensive 3D printer so the privileged techies can tinker away.

(And cue the offended librarians in 3…2…1…)

Take 9-11. That means something in the United States. The “world changed” after 9-11. Well, do a slight thought experiment. Suppose that on 9-11 the planes had bombed the White House, suppose they’d killed the president, established a military dictatorship, quickly killed thousands, tortured tens of thousands more, set up a major international terror center that was carrying out assassinations, overthrowing governments all over the place, installing other dictatorships, and drove the country into one of the worst depressions in its history and had to call on the state to bail them out.
Suppose that had happened? It did happen. On the first 9-11 in 1973. Except we were responsible for it, so it didn’t happen. That’s Allende’s Chile. You can’t imagine the media talking about this.

Noam Chomsky

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The other 9/11, you know, the one no one in the U.S. talks about, either out of ignorance or convenient forgetfulness.

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