Noam Chomsky: Is The World Too Big To Fail?

5598986979_5457984394In a talk given in Amsterdam, Noam Chomsky weighs in on revolutionary unrest in the Middle East and the United States’ unsustainable foreign policy and domestic power structure. Via the Huffington Post:

Support for democracy is the province of ideologists and propagandists. In the real world, elite dislike of democracy is the norm. The evidence is overwhelming that democracy is supported insofar as it contributes to social and economic objectives, a conclusion reluctantly conceded by the more serious scholarship.

Elections have become a charade, run by the public relations industry. After his 2008 victory, Obama won an award from the industry for the best marketing campaign of the year. Executives were euphoric. In the business press they explained that they had been marketing candidates like other commodities since Ronald Reagan, but 2008 was their greatest achievement and would change the style in corporate boardrooms. The 2012 election is expected to cost $2 billion, mostly in corporate funding. Small wonder that Obama is selecting business leaders for top positions. The public is angry and frustrated, but as long as the Muasher principle prevails, that doesn’t matter.

The Muasher doctrine is rational and venerable. To mention just one case that is highly relevant today, in internal discussion in 1958, president Eisenhower expressed concern about “the campaign of hatred” against us in the Arab world, not by governments, but by the people. The National Security Council (NSC) explained that there is a perception in the Arab world that the U.S. supports dictatorships and blocks democracy and development so as to ensure control over the resources of the region. Furthermore, the perception is basically accurate, the NSC concluded, and that is what we should be doing, relying on the Muasher doctrine. Pentagon studies conducted after 9/11 confirmed that the same holds today.

Read the rest at the Huffington Post.

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  • Anonymous

    While I agree with most of the substantive points here, I think Mr. Chomsky may be missing the larger philosophical point: The Common Man’s hatred for democracy.

    The more and more I see scummy cheapjack tricks like Waukesha county clerk Kathy Nickolaus’ miraculous “finding” of over 14,000 previously unreported votes to cap the “victory” of her former boss, David Prosser, in a recent Wisconsin election, the more evidence accumulates that nobody really wants democracy. Perhaps least of all the nominal opponents of the powergrab. Democratic observes blythly ignored a glaring discrepancy in the vote bag #’s returned under Nickolaus’ “supervision”, and allowed the votes to be counted.

    http://elections.wispolitics.com/2011/04/glitch-in-waukesha-county-recount.html

    No body’s making a stink about any of this in any part of the media.

    And this was the “leadership” I was counting on to make a strong opposition to Walker’s Right Wing junta. Ha.

    Let’s just cut the crap and admit what we are: a society of haves and have nots that is just barely held together by the implied threats of physical and economic violence and a radical contempt for intelligence of any kind.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    While I agree with most of the substantive points here, I think Mr. Chomsky may be missing the larger philosophical point: The Common Man’s hatred for democracy.

    The more and more I see scummy cheapjack tricks like Waukesha county clerk Kathy Nickolaus’ miraculous “finding” of over 14,000 previously unreported votes to cap the “victory” of her former boss, David Prosser, in a recent Wisconsin election, the more evidence accumulates that nobody really wants democracy. Perhaps least of all the nominal opponents of the powergrab. Democratic observes blythly ignored a glaring discrepancy in the vote bag #’s returned under Nickolaus’ “supervision”, and allowed the votes to be counted.

    http://elections.wispolitics.com/2011/04/glitch-in-waukesha-county-recount.html

    No body’s making a stink about any of this in any part of the media.

    And this was the “leadership” I was counting on to make a strong opposition to Walker’s Right Wing junta. Ha.

    Let’s just cut the crap and admit what we are: a society of haves and have nots that is just barely held together by the implied threats of physical and economic violence and a radical contempt for intelligence of any kind.

    • Tuna Ghost

      I think the biggest point Chomsky is missing (which is part of the reason I like him) is in regard to human nature: he believes so strongly in his “anarcho-syndicalism” because he believes human nature is basically good and, given the chance, will help each other and itself become better. Call me a pessimist, but I’m not sure where we’re drawing the lines for “human nature” and history seems to be indicating otherwise. Sure slavery is outlawed and America has a black president, but we’re also finding new exciting ways to fuck each other over.

      • Hadrian999

        I think this is pretty much it. in general capitalism works and socialism doesn’t work is because of human nature, for socialism(or any communally based structure) to work it would rely on people being ethical capitalism works because it relies on people being viscous violent animals

  • dirty johnny

    For any Chomsky fans out there… Look up a Chomsky/Foucault debate from the late 70’s or early 80’s. They were both on their A-game. Their critiques of one another are still salient. Foucalt must have shined his dome for the cameras. He looks like a shark!

  • dirty johnny

    For any Chomsky fans out there… Look up a Chomsky/Foucault debate from the late 70’s or early 80’s. They were both on their A-game. Their critiques of one another are still salient. Foucalt must have shined his dome for the cameras. He looks like a shark!

  • Tuna Ghost

    How long are we going to have to wait for some retard to post the “top 200 Chomsky Lies”? This comment thread already feels empty without it

  • Tuna Ghost

    How long are we going to have to wait for some retard to post the “top 200 Chomsky Lies”? This comment thread already feels empty without it

  • Tuna Ghost

    How long are we going to have to wait for some retard to post the “top 200 Chomsky Lies”? This comment thread already feels empty without it

  • Tuna Ghost

    I think the biggest point Chomsky is missing (which is part of the reason I like him) is in regard to human nature: he believes so strongly in his “anarcho-syndicalism” because he believes human nature is basically good and, given the chance, will help each other and itself become better. Call me a pessimist, but I’m not sure where we’re drawing the lines for “human nature” and history seems to be indicating otherwise. Sure slavery is outlawed and America has a black president, but we’re also finding new exciting ways to fuck each other over.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I think the biggest point Chomsky is missing (which is part of the reason I like him) is in regard to human nature: he believes so strongly in his “anarcho-syndicalism” because he believes human nature is basically good and, given the chance, will help each other and itself become better. Call me a pessimist, but I’m not sure where we’re drawing the lines for “human nature” and history seems to be indicating otherwise. Sure slavery is outlawed and America has a black president, but we’re also finding new exciting ways to fuck each other over.

  • Hadrian999

    I think this is pretty much it. in general capitalism works and socialism doesn’t work is because of human nature, for socialism(or any communally based structure) to work it would rely on people being ethical capitalism works because it relies on people being viscous violent animals

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