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Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You'Ll Never Hear About It in Our 'Free Press'


Society & Culture  (tags: usa, world, free press, Chomsky, plutocracy, democracy, really existing capitalist democracy, RECD, capitalism, Wall Street, Jobs, deficit, austerity, Europe )

Lynn
- 491 days ago - alternet.org
... Chomsky lays out how the majority of US policies are practically opposite of what wide swathes of the public wants. ... American power is diminishing, as it has been in fact since its peak in 1945, but it's still incomparable. And it's dangerous. ...



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Lynn Squance (232)
Friday August 16, 2013, 10:57 pm
"The distinguished conservative commentator, one of the most respected - Norman Ornstein - describes today's Republican Party as, in his words, "a radical insurgency - ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, dismissive of its political opposition" - a serious danger to the society, as he points out."

This from a conservative! But lest you think that Chomsky is siding with Democrats, guess again.

This is probably one of the better pieces by Chomsky that I have read.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Friday August 16, 2013, 11:27 pm
Wow...so much food for thought. Some surprising, some not. It just reinforces the fact that we are in a scary time and it will be difficult extracting ourselves from the folly, and the intricacies, of the top 1% and their toadies. Noted and thank you.
 

David D. (15)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 1:19 am
> food for thought
.. worth printing out for (real-)reading and passing on to further readers ...

There's very few people from whom i've learned as much as from Chomsky.
Namaskar, Noam !


even his repeated repetitions (to me) seem worth it, for teaching+learning, checking one's memory ....
 

Edo R. (71)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 2:31 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Danuta Watola (1217)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 3:05 am
noted
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 8:29 am
I absolutely love Noam Chomsky. He always tells it like it is which generally scares the hell out of me. Noted and shared.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 12:12 pm
Our "rights" were always an illusion.

But now the mirage is being lifted.

And we are staring into the skull.

There are gaping holes in the skull.

We are not yet devoured.
 

Liliana Garcia (99)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 7:58 pm
" He said that for several years, the jihadi elements in Yemen had been trying to turn the village against Americans, get them to hate Americans. But the villagers didn't accept it because the only thing they knew about the United States was what he told them. And he liked the United States. So he was telling them it was a great place. So the jihadi efforts didn't work. Then he said one drone attack has turned the entire village into people who hate America and want to destroy it. They killed a man who everybody knew and they could have easily apprehended if they'd wanted. But in our international terror campaigns we don't worry about that and we don't worry about security."
The article is excellent but I find this passage appalling. Why could USA apprehend a man in a foreign country "easily"? That's an act of terror. Either you go to the Yemen Govt with your evidence or suspicions or you start phasing out your presence in that country because it does not qualify as a partner due to what you deem are security reasons. I certainly hope that in the future Dr. Chomsky, whose intellect I respect very much, does not say something like this in passing w/o clarifying his view on this.
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 1:12 am
Thanks Lynn.
 

Veerle D. (109)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 1:50 am
Thanks for sharing this info.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 12:09 pm
We need more Chomsky's and Hedges.

Samuel Huntington. As he pointed out, "power remains strong when it remains in the dark. Exposed to sunlight, it begins to evaporate".

They certainly do their part to help shed that light. Thanks Lynn for doing your part and placing the link onto C2.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 1:04 pm
The title says it all. What a great article. Thank you.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 3:25 pm
Dr Chomsky - another reason why Republicans marginalize the brilliant. Indeed, we do need more like him.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 4:08 pm
With the USA now 1 of 3 in the tri-polar economic system, still in the top spot but sliding fast,\ there's alot to be worried about.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 9:53 pm
So right, one rule for others and another one oneself!
 

Lona Goudswaard (77)
Monday August 19, 2013, 6:16 am
I take my hat off for Dr.Chomsky. He is so right and I so wish he wasn't.
 

Pat A. (116)
Monday August 19, 2013, 7:06 am
This is a brilliant and lucid piece - and it also expresses my worries about the military operation inside Pakistan - if the positions were reversed, wouldn't that have led to calls for war, so why did they take that risk? It worried me dreadfully then and I'm glad others were worried. The stuff after halfway about American history and to the last paragraph was new to me - and is really worrying too.

I'm glad he mentioned Magna Carta (1215) at the end - the foundation of both UK, USA and many Commonwealth countries' laws - after 9/11 most of our countries lost 'habeus corpus' - a right which we had enjoyed for nearly 800 years. Magna Carta was the basis of our laws, and so the American Bar Association had erected (some time ago) a little pavilion at Runnymede where Magna Carta was signed, in honour of its significance - I wonder if anyone has put a little stone there lamenting the passing of our protection.

 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday August 19, 2013, 8:26 am
The upper elected echelon of both parties serve the Elites through their deference and subservience to their Big Six corporations and their 200+ subsidiaries. Let's call it for what it is: Prostitution.
Take the proposed pipelines or the fracking sites. We are told that this will serve to free us from dependency on foreign energy. This will not result in cheaper gas at the pumps. 74% of all natural gas goes to Japan. The rest of the remainder is dispersed to other nations and to us at home at an increased cost. One would think that we have the techniques and expertise to process our own crude? Not so says Harper and Obama. We have to send it overseas for processing. What remains after the foreign nationals take their cut and fulfill their demands is sold back to us at an increased, exorbitant cost.
We are expected to pick up the environmental tab while endangering our health and children's future so that some remote Elite behind the scenes can pad his/her already opulent lifestyle and their political lackeys can crow about the economy. We wouldn't want to inconvenience them now would we? You betcha we would.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:58 pm
So? Once again I URGE you to read "Democracy for the Few," by Michael Parenti.
It would not hurt to read "capitalism Hits the Fan," by Richard Wolff.
Parenti's book is all about the PLUTOCRACY, and how, as Chomsky points out, this country was founded on the premise of helping the wealthy stay that way.
I am puzzled, though, by Chomsky's reference to polls that show that Republicans are preferred to Democrats, in regard to major issues(???!!!)Both Parenti and Wolff are full professors, as i recall, Wolff of economics, and Parenti of Political Science.
Why do you think the Koch brothers have their sights on NPR...to use it to counteract their own propaganda?
Theodore S. has it right.
 
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