Friday, March 23, 2012
On Noam Chomsky 2
1) Chomsky has said that crimes of Democratic Capitalism are "monstrously worse than those of Communism" ("Power and Terror" 2003).......2) He has consistently referred to the United States as a "police state" and himself as an "American dissident" (this, despite the fact that the dude is basically ignored by official Washington).......3) He has consistently referred to the pentagon as "the most hideous institution on earth" - this despite the fact that he's been cashing checks from them AND several multinational corporations (this, for his "work" LOL for the research laboratory at MIT.......4) He wrote his first book, "Syntactic Structures", with grants from the U.S. Army (Signal Corps), Air Force (Office of Scientific Research, Air Research, and Development Command), and the Office of Naval Research.......5) He could have resigned (from MIT) AT ANY MOMENT on principle but he DID NOT and has made a handsome fortune courtesy of the military industrial complex.......6) He moved his family out of Cambridge and relocated in the suburban community of Lexington, a town with a minority population of 1.1% and he did so at around the same time that Boston was desegregating its schools. Gee, HOW FRIGGING CONVENIENT!......7) He set up a trust fund for his daughter, the Diane Chomsky Irrevocable Trust, to protect his assets from Uncle Sam (this, despite the fact that he's been highly critical of others for sheltering THEIR money).......8) Not only did Mr. Chomsky defend the crackpot Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson's right to free speech, he also defended his "findings" (which have proven to be fake, btw - the "Village Voice"), praised his extensive historical research", and defended him against charges of anti-Semitism.......9) He charges people to download his earlier speeches. And you want to hear some irony here. If you want to hear Mr. Chomsky talk about "Property Right", it'll cost you 79 cents a minute.......10) Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Chomsky raised his speaking fees from $9,000 a pop to $12,000 a pop - this, while criticizing others for "war profiteering".......11) Instead of selecting a money market fund for his retirement option, Mr. Chomsky chose blue-chip stock options. And, get this, one of those funds, the TIAA-CREF stock fund, heavily invests in many of the businesses that Chomsky spposedly despises; oil companies, military contractors, pharmaceuticals, etc........12) Practically every person that Mr. Chomsky has hired for a critical position at MIT has been a white male.......13) There is no record of Mr. Chomsky EVER criticizing Communist Vietnam for its many crackdown on free speech.......14) There is no record of Mr. Chomsky EVER criticizing Communist Cuba for its transgressions; its keeping of thousands of political prisoners in a gulag, for example.......15) In the years after 9/11, in order to get into one of his lectures, you had to submit a photo ID in advance, go through a security checkpoint, and be frisked at the door - this, while, at the same time, saying that America was a police state and that Islamic terrorism "wasn't really a threat".......16) If Chomsky lived in China and said even half the things about that country that he's said about our country, he'd be shot. He'd be shot and he knows it.