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orwell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 12:32 PM
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49. Chomsky is...
...a professed anarcho-syndicalist, which means his philosophy is based on the junction of anarchy (the least government possible) and syndicalism (worker ownership of the means of production). As such, he would probably like to see all states effectively vanish, or at least be highly marginalized, as he views them as inevitably totalitarian and anti-liberal.

I think the US comes off so poorly in his institutional analysis because by many measures it is the most oppressive of the major powers, likely due to it being the largest economy and wielding the most political and military power. In the end, Chomsky believes that power devolved is power contained. The more you can put decision making in the hands of those it most directly effects, the better off it is for everyone.

So what you percieve as "relishing" is probably not too far from the truth - the same way many here would relish the removal of the Bush Cabal from the seat of global power.
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  -Noam Chomsky: Why it's over for America (The Independent, London, UK) Apollo11  May-30-06 06:46 AM   #0 
  - That kind of rhetoric sells and makes headlines  carl_pwccaman   May-30-06 06:55 AM   #1 
  - care to elaborate? Chomsky doesn't generally concern himself  ixion   May-30-06 07:15 AM   #2 
     - Exactly....  marmar   May-30-06 07:18 AM   #3 
        - yeah, I agree... Chomsky takes nuance to extreme granular levels  ixion   May-30-06 07:21 AM   #4 
  - There is a lot of truth in what he says  TallahasseeGrannie   May-30-06 07:36 AM   #5 
  - I feel the same way Grannie  exlrrp   May-30-06 07:45 AM   #6 
  - Don't confuse gleeful with intellectual curiosity ...  ShortnFiery   May-30-06 08:05 AM   #7 
  - We posted very similiar thoughts at almost the same time.  ItsTheMediaStupid   May-30-06 08:08 AM   #10 
     - You're Welcome ...  ShortnFiery   May-30-06 08:12 AM   #13 
  - From his perspective, and also from mine,  endarkenment   May-30-06 08:09 AM   #12 
  - My own feeling is he feels sad about it.  izzie   May-30-06 08:23 AM   #17 
  - I'm pretty sure Chomsky would much rather have it that the US  rman   May-30-06 09:57 AM   #30 
  - The kind of attitude you describe feeds the "hate America" rhetoric  ItsTheMediaStupid   May-30-06 08:06 AM   #8 
  - Perhaps it does  TallahasseeGrannie   May-30-06 08:09 AM   #11 
     - Indeed, it is an old division  ItsTheMediaStupid   May-30-06 08:19 AM   #15 
  - it's more than just DU, grannie  ixion   May-30-06 08:06 AM   #9 
  - You know what?  TallahasseeGrannie   May-30-06 08:45 AM   #21 
     - We must be related.  endarkenment   May-30-06 08:55 AM   #23 
     - sure...  ixion   May-30-06 09:43 AM   #28 
     - "rebel without a pause"  rman   May-30-06 10:10 AM   #33 
     - 193 articles...  Viva_La_Revolution   May-30-06 03:58 PM   #53 
  - Chomsky has been speaking on politics for decades now.  WakingLife   May-30-06 08:17 AM   #14 
  - I'm putting some of his works on my summer reading  TallahasseeGrannie   May-30-06 09:05 AM   #25 
     - There is so much stuff out there Grannie  WakingLife   May-30-06 09:18 AM   #26 
     - Thanks for those links!  MountainLaurel   May-30-06 01:58 PM   #50 
     - may I recommend Dr. Chomsky's own audio/visual website  Douglas Carpenter   May-30-06 10:08 AM   #32 
  - By "seeing America slip"...  Mr_Jefferson_24   May-30-06 09:43 AM   #27 
  - I am conflicted  TallahasseeGrannie   May-30-06 09:48 AM   #29 
     - "on top"... of what?  rman   May-30-06 10:12 AM   #34 
     - Perhaps  TallahasseeGrannie   May-30-06 10:20 AM   #38 
        - There's no dispute whatsoever about the US being the super power  rman   May-30-06 10:37 AM   #41 
           - I used to think it was a good thing  TallahasseeGrannie   May-30-06 02:35 PM   #51 
           - for a number of years I kind of thought that too. or at least better than  Douglas Carpenter   May-30-06 07:47 PM   #58 
              - That's true. He is so llousy and so transparent  TallahasseeGrannie   May-31-06 07:26 AM   #61 
                 - Prepare to ditch your illusions  martymar64   May-31-06 01:19 PM   #62 
           - To paraphrase an old saying:  Ken Burch   Jun-01-06 05:03 AM   #64 
     - I've been extremely naive...  Mr_Jefferson_24   May-30-06 10:14 AM   #35 
        - I suppose there is no  TallahasseeGrannie   May-30-06 10:22 AM   #39 
           - I'd think that being "imposing" = misuse of (fire)power  rman   May-30-06 10:43 AM   #43 
           - Except for the democratic deficit.  WakingLife   May-30-06 12:19 PM   #47 
  - Chomsky is...  orwell   May-30-06 12:32 PM   #49 
  - Chomsky hates America so much he devoted his life to fixing it. EOM  K-W   May-30-06 10:34 PM   #60 
  - I wonder if  Briar   May-30-06 08:22 AM   #16 
  - Call me a hope fiend...  al bupp   May-30-06 08:38 AM   #19 
     - and  Briar   May-30-06 08:40 AM   #20 
  - I guess it's time to give up and move out then.  w4rma   May-30-06 08:29 AM   #18 
  - At last, the perfect, remorselessly cogent refutation of Chomsky's  KCabotDullesMarxIII   May-30-06 08:54 AM   #22 
  - LOL  WakingLife   May-30-06 08:56 AM   #24 
  - Why dis the messenger?  rman   May-30-06 10:14 AM   #36 
  - "Among the hardest...  Mr_Jefferson_24   May-30-06 09:57 AM   #31 
  - I don't care for the new face  TallahasseeGrannie   May-30-06 10:23 AM   #40 
  - US people are generous - as are most people, the State is not.  rman   May-30-06 10:39 AM   #42 
  - Well educated, well informed...  Mr_Jefferson_24   May-30-06 10:46 AM   #44 
  - Your heart is in the right place to be sure.  WakingLife   May-30-06 12:27 PM   #48 
  - or...  Viva_La_Revolution   May-30-06 04:08 PM   #54 
     - Powerful. And exactly how many of us are feeling. nt.  Mr_Jefferson_24   May-30-06 05:04 PM   #55 
  - Hard to argue with  TOJ   May-30-06 10:17 AM   #37 
  - those slamming Chomsky are like cancer patients slamming doctor  yurbud   May-30-06 10:47 AM   #45 
  - CHOMSKY CRITICS: How well has mindless cheerleading served us lately?  yurbud   May-30-06 10:54 AM   #46 
  - I think people are doing the ostrich bit  savemefromdumbya   May-30-06 03:21 PM   #52 
  - IMO some Chomsky critics are vs him b/c he often criticizes Israel  bobbieinok   May-30-06 06:53 PM   #56 
  - I think that is the core reason for the most hostile reaction some have  Douglas Carpenter   May-30-06 07:40 PM   #57 
  - And so now we know what a dreary old crackpot thinks....  MrBenchley   May-30-06 08:02 PM   #59 
  - We learned what a "dreary old crackpot" thought  Ken Burch   Jun-01-06 05:07 AM   #65 
  - Loved the CSPAN coverage of Chomsky at West Point n/t  teryang   May-31-06 10:21 PM   #63 

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