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How does the cost of our military’s bases in the Middle East amount to subsidies for oil producing countries? What is the connection between US Pentagon expenditures and the market price of oil? In this clip, noted MIT linguist Noam Chomsky explains that the connection is a strong one and discusses the consequences of the end of oil.

This program originally aired on WORT 89.9 FM and streamed at and is a follow-up to a video series produced by The Nation and On the Earth Productions. The full WORT broadcast included Nicole Foss, Richard Heinberg, James Howard Kunstler, Dmitry Orlov and WORT’s Norm Stockwell. Click here to download the full broadcast from WORT radio.

—Elizabeth Whitman