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October 28th, 2014

Noam Chomsky - Wikiquote

American Power and the New Mandarins, The New Press, 1969.
The war is simply an obscenity, a depraved act by weak and miserable men, including all of us who have allowed it to go on and on with endless fury and destruction - all of us who would have remained silent, had stability and order been secured.
What can one say about a country where a museum of science in a great city can feature an exhibit in which people fire machine guns from a helicopter at Vietnamese huts, with a light flashing when a hit is scored? What can one say about a country where such an idea can even be considered? You have to weep for this country. [...] To me it seems that what is needed is a kind of denazification.
No less insidious is the cry for 'revolution,' at a time when not even the germs of new institutions exist, let alone the moral and political consciousness that could lead to a basic modification of social life. If there will be a 'revolution' in America today, it will no doubt be a move towards some variety of fascism. We must guard against the kind of revolutionary rhetoric that would have had Karl Marx burn down the British Museum because it was merely part of a repressive society. It would be criminal to overlook the serious flaws and inadequacies in our institutions, or to fail to utilize the substantial degree of freedom that most of us enjoy, within the framework of these flawed institutions, to modify them or even replace them by a better social order. One who pays some attention to history will not be surprised if those who cry most loudly that we must smash and destroy are later found among the administrators of some new system of repression.

Noam Chomsky - Wikiquote


Many thanks to   madman101 for directing my attention to this page.  It is a great supplement and antidote to the video It Can't Happen Here which i posted earlier today.  The difference between an anarchist sensibility and a libertarian sensitivity to community is palpable.  Its Francis of Assisi versus Ayn Rand.  Chomsky has been a hero to me since the 1960s, its embarrassing that i have read so little of him.  I have three of his more recent books. all so far unread. I will start one now.

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A good meditation; but no!

No, it is not "more sad" to believe there is no God to experience.
What is "more sad" is to experience a God who is jealous, punitive, judgmental, exclusive. and characterized more by power and knowledge rather than love.

I have had both beliefs at various times.  Neither is much fun.  But belief in a superman on a throne is far less fun than atheism.

It is the mystics: shamans, taoist sages. Hindu swamis, Kabbalists and Hasids, Buddhist arhats and lamas, Christian lovers of God. Sufis. eclectic poets, wayward seekers, etc., who keep me trusting that my own search is not futile.  Without them i would be more or less happily agnostiic.
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There has been a lot of noise in the media concerning the powers granted to the executive branch in the Patriot Act, which was signed into law in the wake of 9-11. I would submit that the entire debate is a propagandistic distraction. The executive branch of the United States was already given something very close to absolute power in the National Security Act of 1947. It has been able to do anything it wants since then. Once that sinks in, the noise around the Patriot Act begins to look like a decoy: its purpose is merely to generate a debate around it, there to create a theater of democracy. But democracy, I would submit, died some time ago, when the free press was abolished by US Intelligence." -- Fransico Gil-White, 2006

HIR | Coup of '47: National Security Act destroy the free press?

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