My Photo
Blog powered by Typepad

May 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      

« End the death penalty: This is a small but lovely victory | Main | Big mystery: Which of Chris Wallace’s words set off Bill Clinton? »

September 24, 2006

Comments

Christopher Taylor

Chomsky's mental disorder is easy to trace: he's a marxist. He just uses slightly different language to cover up that fact because he knows he'd be laughed out of school for being openly so. The man may or may not be a good linguist but he's a moron when it comes to world politics and economics.

Kevin

“The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control – 'indoctrination,’ we might say - exercised through the mass media.”

It's amazing how differently people can see things. He sees us as conforming to the ideological control of the MSM, and I see us as rebelling from it. It is my hope that he was right in the past, and I am right in the present and future.

Danielle

It is sad to see such lame examination of a man who has dedicated his life to peering at the goverments, and people of the world in order to fully understand the consequences of the past. If his book is narrowly focused it is because he attempts to dissect a rather complicated set of political agendas and foreign strategy into one cohesive thesis. I rather find your treatment of this man pathetic. But I suppose you feel that corruption and detestable actions only belong to the dictators and that all the cited questionable actions of our wonderful freedom loving leaders are just the hallucinations of a mad man.

jj mollo

I don't like to think I'm a fanatic, and I certainly don't agree with Chomsky's prescriptions, but I do think he is a brilliant man and intellectually honest. He has said that the U.S. is the greatest country in the world. He has also said that the U.S. is a failed state. This is really no different than what Winston Churchill said, that democracy is a terrible system of government. It just happens to be better than all the other ones we've tried.

What is it that bothers us about Chomsky? I think it's mostly that we recognize his brilliance and we have to square that with the fact that he disagrees with us so thoroughly. So why does he disagree with us? I think it's because he understands the U.S. well enough to know its faults, and he understands the suffering of other peoples, but he doesn't understand the power of unchecked adversarial ideologies to hurt us, and he doesn't understand that other peoples have not really chosen to live the way that they do.

He sees correctly that the mainstream media are pushing a particular ideology and assumes that it must be government propaganda. He sees that the average American accepts a certain set of viewpoints and assumes that they must be indoctrinated.

In short, his viewpoint is very different from ours and he supports it with elaborate argument and prodigious polemical efforts. He believes strongly in free speech and so do I. I applaud him for his efforts. I just wish we were persuasive enough to explain our own understanding of the world well enough to counteract his influence. This man is not Michael Moore or George Galloway.

Frank Warner

Dictatorships are 100 percent corrupt because they ask no consent of the governed and maintain power purely by force.

Their secrecy and lack of accountability are responsible for about 95 percent of the world's wars, genocides, mass executions and famines. Dictatorships also are to blame for 95 percent of all human rights abuses, including the denial of free speech, a free press, free elections, free political parties and independent courts in their nations.

Democracy, as imperfect as it is, produces nothing like the fearful stench and horror of totalitarian repression. And yet, whenever Chomsky has a chance to take sides, he stands with the dictators. (Churchill wasn't like that.)

Danielle, name one thing in Chomsky's 2003 book that makes sense. Give us a great quote.

The man plays with words. He sees a few dents in America's democratic armor, and he writes books and lectures calling that a disaster. He sees the world's oppressed naked and defenseless against their brutal oppressors, and he hardly says a word.

Jason Reynard

Whoever wrote this article is a complete moron and the reason there is problems with micro-media today. Apparently the author only looks at Chomsky quotes instead of all of the studies he has participated in. His comment referring to terrorism is talking about all of the aid and weapons we gave al-Quada when the Russians were there. We knew many Mujadeen fighters were unstable and selfish in their quest as the Russians did as well, but our "stop communism at all costs" attitude during the Cold War is what has gotten us into so many messes these days, stopping communism but sacrificing so many things and people in order to stop it. Your ignorant.

Frank Warner

Jason, your kind of thinking is what kept half of Europe enslaved for half a century and more.

The United States never aided al-Qaida. The U.S. aided the Afghan mujahadeen, and the aid worked well in throwing the Soviets out of Afghanistan and demoralizing the Communists to the point of collapse.

Then we left Afghanistan, and the Taliban moved in. Had we stayed, Chomsky would have complained that we stayed. Because we left, Chomsky complains that we left. That's the Chomsky disease at work.

Jason

I know I'm a little late to this post, but I couldn't pass this up. From the other Jason: "Your ignorant." Just classic.

George Clarke

Read any Great World History (I like Durant) and you will see that for the 10,000 years of recorded history, brutal dictatorship with no freedoms except for the top elite is the norm. The refinement of Anglo-Saxon constitutional freedom, exercised today mainly in the English-influenced countries, is probably a historical blip, reinforced by a few classically educated geniuses who were required to figure out how to bring forth a new nation on a newly settled shore. Of course we should spread this Great Idea to the whole world, but unfortunately it won't get spread without force. Marxism was not a coherent system, and never worked, not even for a day. Anglo-Saxon constitutionalism, reinforced by the Economics of Adam Smith has never failed where ever it was tried. Obviously, I disagree with Chomsky, and believe he is infected by adulation of that Failed God of the Atheists. He should read Witness by Whittaker Chambers and Darkness at Noon by that other great reformed Communist Kessler, I think his name is.

Maureen

Look. He's brilliant, but his brilliant linguistics theory just doesn't work. He's brilliant, but his brilliant political analysis doesn't work, either. When anybody tries to open a dialogue with him about the Mack truck-sized holes in his theories, he stops talking to them. He has not been a boon to any field.

So basically, Noam Chomsky is a brilliant fool whose major skill is collecting book contracts and impressing people for a moment with something that sounds good. He will end up more forgotten than Count Korzybski.

jj mollo

Wikipedia has not forgotten, although, he would have said that no one can be "recalled" by words on a page because the Word is not the Count.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)