Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

January 8, 2008

Noam Chomsky’s Message

Filed under: culture, politics — Tags: — codesmithy @ 10:51 am

Above is a short excerpt from “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media.”  A good example of someone that occupies the specialized class is the recently added New York Times Op-Ed columnist William Kristol.  As Adam Curtis’ “The Power of Nightmares” shows, Neo-Conservative thought flows directly Leo Strauss.  The idea of necessary illusions is parallel to the Straussian notion of “noble lies.”  Powerful myths that are perpetuated in the society in order to achieve transcendental ends.  It is also the case that the system that these myths maintain leads directly to ecocide and the potential extinction of the human race.

It should be noted that a democracy, by itself, is not sufficient to avoid disaster.  As Chomsky outlines, the democracy must concern itself with community interests and preservation.  What will it take for the culture and government to shift in that direction?  A leader?


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