Noam Chomsky compares US public sentiment to late Weimar Germany
Monday, 26 April, 2010 7 Comments
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Is Society approaching it’s point of “critical complexity”? Do the leaders of our (global) institutions realise the extent of the revulsion and anger people feel toward them? Have they got what it takes, to forego some of their power and privilege that they wield, to improve things for society? Or will they fail to learn the lessons from the history which saw financial and civil exploitation accelerate the societal complexity resulting in the collapse of the Roman empire??? [Refer: Dr Joseph Tainter – The Collapse of Complex Societies]
At least one man, labelled “America’s Greatest Intellectual”, believes that the signs in US are not good. Noam Chomsky has never seen anything like this…
He curtly dismisses our two-party system as a mirage orchestrated by the corporate state, excoriates the liberal intelligentsia for being fops and courtiers and describes the drivel of the commercial media as a form of “brainwashing.” And as the US’s most prescient critic of unregulated capitalism, globalization and the poison of empire, he enters his 81st year warning us that we have little time left to save our anaemic democracy.
Chomsky has, more than any other American intellectual, charted the downward spiral of the American political and economic system
There are two sets of principles. They are the principles of power and privilege and the principles of truth and justice. If you pursue truth and justice it will always mean a diminution of power and privilege. If you pursue power and privilege it will always be at the expense of truth and justice. Benda says that the credo of any true intellectual has to be, as Christ said, ‘my kingdom is not of this world.’ Chomsky exposes the pretences of those who claim to be the bearers of truth and justice.
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