Chomsky -- Decline of the Establishment Left
Tyrannosaurus Chomsky? 8:58pm Sun Dec 8 '02
In our disguised fascist system Noam Chomsky plays an important role: he helps maintain the facade of democracy. To the American elite, Chomsky is a virtual asset. Here's why:
1. Chomsky has become a walking, talking, lecturing contradiction—-and it helps to confuse people. Confusion is one way to sow insecurity and instability in groups already alienated and marginalized from the current modes of action:
- He calls the education system a "system of imposed ignorance" and then accepts honorary degrees all over the place (including one from University of Toronto not long after George Bush Sr. accepted the very same degree!!!!!), therefore reinforcing its perceived importance in society. Which one is it going to be Chomsky, imposed ignorance and therefore institutionalized oppression that demands our condemnation, or a system to venerate and seek status/recognition from?
- In the past, he has referred to the state as "institutionalized violence" and has stated that corporations cannot be reformed of democratized. To our utter dismay he is also known for preaching that hope exists within our government institutions...you know, those very institutions brutally and violently oppressing the world's poor.....those very institutions that co-exist and are part and parcel of the corporate system.
- Despite his past discussions on the contradiction between freedom of speech in the media and the lack of access to the major networks (which demand absurd time constraints on issues of global importance); despite his past discussions on media distortion, censorship and the 'manufacturing of consent'; despite the people suffering in jail for having spoken the truth a little too boisterously and passionately; despite the assassination of influential activists; despite the third-world conditions, including third-world-like police repression, in African-American ghettos; despite all of this, Chomsky still boasts that the American system and government provides a commendable amount of freedom to engage in various positive—falling short of revolutionary—actions. He rarely, if ever, admits that any action truly harming U.S. corporate interest and exposing the extent of corruption is immediately subdued, often very brutally.
- He has frequently dismissed attempts at discrediting his work as "conspiratorialist" with the retort: "it's an institutional analysis". Now we find him dismissing 9/11 skeptics, offering their own 'institutional analyses', with the very same ignorance and arrogance with which right wing hawks have attacked him! At one point he even referred to the alternative 9/11 information on the Internet as "an internet conspiracy theory" without offering any further analysis.
- Despite the plethora of facts proving irregularities in the official media version of 9/11 and proving the existence of a great deception being carried out on the world, Chomsky patently refuses to acknowledge this form of alternative journalism at a time when it is so drastically needed. So much for Mr. Manufacturing Consent and his 'outstanding moral integrity', for he is showing intellectual elitism in his will to bend to left side of a fascist system!
- Although he has lectured extensively on the role of oil in geopolitics and war, since 9/11 Chomsky has been focusing on trivial semantic arguments to downplay the role of oil in this present surge towards war. He now draws the distinction between "control over" and "access to" oil, as if control doesn't inherently imply an indirect or direct access to the mid-east oil supply; as if control over oil diminishes its role in the drive for geostrategic economic control through brute military force and "regime change". He is completely ignoring the writings of vile and powerful policy makers, such as Zbigniew Brzezinski, who discussed the selling of this new war for geostrategic control over oil (FOUR YEARS BEFORE 9/11 in his book The Grand Chessboard) as requiring a Pearl Harbor-like event to convince Americans of the unthinkable: namely, a war with practically the entire world.
2. As an enormously influential figure to the American left, Chomsky's positions effectively determine the direction of mainstream political dissidence. This fact, combined with his increasingly submissive takes on what is seen by many as a new rise in global fascism, helps to subdue the strength and effectiveness of the anti-capitalist/anti-war movement.
What does this mean?
Faced with increasingly totalitarian "anti-terror" laws and Orwellian government intelligence networks, the left is witnessing the preparation for the total criminalization of alternative grassroots political action. New Nazi-like immigration policies alone have resulted in the kidnapping and abuse of thousands of non-white immigrants since September 11th. Yet as he tours the continent speaking out against American foreign policy--as if nothing has changed in the past decade--Chomsky scarcely gives mention to the urgency of these times. His disregard for the growing police state in America and the rest of the Western countries is leading the left towards a cliff. You cannot successfully struggle against a system that continues to deceive you and condition your reactions. It is high time for people to admit their bad faith and open their eyes to the fascism that is American imperialism.
Our questions for Chomsky should be: how can someone who has been so openly critical of the American system for decades, suddenly fall in line with the mainstream media-accepted 'doves' of the American intelligentsia? What makes you suddenly seek acceptance within this brutal and hypocritical system?