Noam Chomsky Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’ by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
April 19, 2010

Noam Chomsky is America’s greatest intellectual. His massive body of work, which includes nearly 100 books, has for decades deflated and exposed the lies of the power elite and the myths they perpetrate. Chomsky has done this despite being blacklisted by the commercial media, turned into a pariah by the academy and, by his own admission, being a pedantic and at times slightly boring speaker. He combines moral autonomy with rigorous scholarship, a remarkable grasp of detail and a searing intellect. 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 our nation’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 anemic democracy.

“It is very similar to late Weimar Germany,” Chomsky told me when I called him at his office in Cambridge, Mass. “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.”


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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).


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8 thoughts on “Noam Chomsky Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’ by Chris Hedges

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  5. The sad thing about Chomsky is that while his analysis is spot-on in many areas, in others it’s crippled by some of the worst aspects of establishment “thinking.” The most striking example is “conspiracy theory” in general and 9/11 in particular. When it comes to 9/11, not only does he not question the official government account of what happened, but he, along with others in the leftist establishment like Micheal Albert of Z Magazine, actively attack and ridicule those who dare to speak out against it.

    For them, the pejorative label “conspiracy theory” is not applied to allegations that outsiders have conspired against the US government – like Bin Laden and his buddies in some cave in Afghanistan allegedly conspiring to destroy the World Trade Center. No, this label is only applied to allegations of conspiracy by those in positions of power within our own government. Such a bias in definition is at least understandable when coming from the mainstream media and others who openly espouse a faith in the essential benevolence of the American state and its power, but when coming from someone like Chomsky, it’s simply inexcusable.

    Of course any allegation of a conspiracy must be judged on its own merits based on the available evidence. When it comes to 9/11, countless credible researchers have found numerous holes in the official account of what happened that day. architects and engineers have shown that the WTC buildings could not have fallen like they did simply because of fires – especially Building 7, a 47-story steel-framed tower that wasn’t even hit by a plane. I won’t try to duplicate all of their work here, but I would encourage those who haven’t done so already to check out the books on this subject by David Ray Griffin, and watch for yourself the video of WTC-7 falling and see if it doesn’t look like a controlled demolition. After just a short bit of research, it becomes clear that the US government’s account of what happened on 9/11 is the most absurd conspiracy theory of all. So why isn’t this clear to Chomsky?…

    Chomsky (and others, including Albert), say that they favor “institutional analysis” over a conspiracy-based analysis. But any institutional analysis rings empty if it fails to acknowledge that throughout history the state, and other powerful institutions, have routinely conspired against the very people they supposedly exist to serve. Chomsky will talk about how the American Empire is the most powerful empire in the history of the world, yet he apparently believes that this empire is unique among all others in the history of the world in that there’s no intrigue and plotting at its upper echelons.

    Chomsky is right that there are many parallels between contemporary America and pre-WWII Germany, but he misses one of the most important ones: false-flag terrorism. One of the key events that allowed the Nazis to consolidate power was the Reichstag Fire, which was used as a pretext for emergency executive powers and the suspension of civil liberties.

    Like the Reichstag Fire in 1930s Germany, 9/11 is, to this day used as the justification for police-state and war. So anyone who bows to this sacred-myth (the official story of what happened that day) cannot effectively offer any sort of holistic radical critique of our present condition.

  6. i would call him one of the greatest living American intellectuals. not THE biggest. but , really really important . Gore Vidal is still alive . he is the biggest.

  7. America’s “greatest intellectual” thinks that pursuing the criminality of 911 is a waste of time.


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