Published On: Mon, Apr 26th, 2010

Noam Chomsky: America like Weimar Germany, with a media brainwashing the masses

Noam Chomsky spoke out with harsh words for America, American politics, the Republicans and the culture of our beloved country. While Chomsky is too great an anarchist for my taste, (to quote the author of the article) I love that he “curtly dismisses our two-party system as a mirage orchestrated by the corporate state, he then excoriates the liberal intelligentsia and describes the drivel of the commercial media as a form of “brainwashing.”

The nature of America as described by Noam Chomsky:
“It is very similar to late Weimar Germany. The parallels are striking. There was also tremendous disillusionment with the parliamentary system. The most striking fact about Weimar was not that the Nazis managed to destroy the Social Democrats and the Communists but that the traditional parties, the Conservative and Liberal parties, were hated and disappeared. It left a vacuum which the Nazis very cleverly and intelligently managed to take over.”
I’ll intercede here to challenge Chomsky’s “great intellect” to discern the difference between the fascist Nazis and the Communists. I’ll direct you to Jonah Goldberg’s book “Liberal Fascism” for a crash course on the semantics, or lack there of, between Soviet Communism and the Nazi Party.
Back to Noam:

“The United States is extremely lucky that no honest, charismatic figure has arisen. Every charismatic figure is such an obvious crook that he destroys himself, like McCarthy or Nixon or the evangelist preachers. If somebody comes along who is charismatic and honest this country is in real trouble because of the frustration, disillusionment, the justified anger and the absence of any coherent response. What are people supposed to think if someone says ‘I have got an answer, we have an enemy’? There it was the Jews. Here it will be the illegal immigrants and the blacks. We will be told that white males are a persecuted minority. We will be told we have to defend ourselves and the honor of the nation. Military force will be exalted. People will be beaten up. This could become an overwhelming force. And if it happens it will be more dangerous than Germany. The United States is the world power. Germany was powerful but had more powerful antagonists. I don’t think all this is very far away. If the polls are accurate it is not the Republicans but the right-wing Republicans, the crazed Republicans, who will sweep the next election.”

To take issue with Chomsky, we only have to look at our leader of “Hope and Change”, the charismatic President Obama. He’s never been the unifier, but rather, he’s fueled the “frustration, disillusionment and anger” that Chomsky alludes to. I feel conflicted between two no win scenarios:
A. The pendulum will swing from the far left President and Congress we have in place to the far right as Chomsky portrays.
B. The parties are reversed, and the leftists will enact the exact power as Chomsky mentions.
Chomsky discusses the “hope” that still permeated the 1930’s but that is absent today. He compares Rush Limbaugh callers to the insane Joe Stack who flew a plane into an IRS building.
“I don’t bother writing about Fox News. It is too easy. What I talk about are the liberal intellectuals, the ones who portray themselves and perceive themselves as challenging power, as courageous, as standing up for truth and justice. They are basically the guardians of the faith. They set the limits. They tell us how far we can go. They say, ‘Look how courageous I am.’ But do not go one millimeter beyond that. At least for the educated sectors, they are the most dangerous in supporting power.”
Chomsky sounds like a writer for “The Desk of Brian” while I disagree with his utopian anarchist solutions, which we are not addressing here, I respect his desire to push people to think differently.
To conclude with Chomsky:

“I try to encourage people to think for themselves, to question standard assumptions,” Chomsky said when asked about his goals. “Don’t take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can’t. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself. There is plenty of information. You have got to learn how to judge, evaluate and compare it with other things. You have to take some things on trust or you can’t survive. But if there is something significant and important don’t take it on trust. As soon as you read anything that is anonymous you should immediately distrust it. If you read in the newspapers that Iran is defying the international community, ask who is the international community? India is opposed to sanctions. China is opposed to sanctions. Brazil is opposed to sanctions. The Non-Aligned Movement is vigorously opposed to sanctions and has been for years. Who is the international community? It is Washington and anyone who happens to agree with it. You can figure that out, but you have to do work. It is the same on issue after issue.”

Very powerful words indeed.
Mr. Chomsky, your words align with my goal to grow and question these things which do not make sense.
I personally see a powerful left-wing con-artist financed by George Soros empowering 60’s radical American haters. Will there be a swing to the right?
Unfortunately, it may not matter.
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