For those of you who don't know what a Slip n' Slide is, it's time to trade your Noam Chomsky and pinot for some brisket and sweet tea, son! - August West
The supermodel Elle Macpherson says that Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent was "a book that changed me". Interesting. How did this change manifest itself? The tome argues that the dominating cultural environment called the media is an infernal, insatiable machine that exists only to perpetuate its own commercial interests. Maybe Macpherson decided that, since she was in the game herself, she could flog expensive scanties safe in the knowledge that her products would be publicised with great enthusiasm, in order that likable and attractive pictures of her could be reproduced. Such as this one (above). A sterling intellectual exercise, surely, and one that's got the business bang to rights. - Deborah OrrScraping the bottom of the barrel? This month's gnome chomsky is from Tractor Facts:
For a clever man, Chomsky can be very stupid.
In an interview aired this week on the Iranian state TV station Al-Alam, he said:
We must bear in mind that the US is a very fundamentalist society, perhaps more than any other society in the world – even more fundamentalist than Saudi Arabia or the Taliban. That's very surprising. About half of the [US] population believes that all living species were created 6,000 years ago in their current form.Surely he doesn't actually believe this? In Saudi Arabia, people are regularly executed for witchcraft and sorcery. Violence against women rooted in fundamentalism is widespread; for example in February last year, a 23-year-old unmarried woman who
It's entirely possible that Ahmadinejad and George Bush are spiritual brothers. It is likely that they both believe that the Second Coming is near. It may be the Mahdi, or Jesus Christ, or somebody else, but pretty soon, everything is going to be solved, because all the glorious and miraculous things will happen exactly as predicted. All religions know this and believe in this.
was raped by five men after she accepted a lift, was sentenced by the District Court in Jeddah to one year in prison and 100 lashes for fornication outside marriage and trying to abort the resultant foetus. Does Chomsky really believe that America is more fundamentalist than Saudi Arabia?
And does he really believe that "all religions" are equally messianic, that Ahmadinejad's apocalyptic theology is no different from, say, the views of Michael Lerner or Jim Wallis?
(By the way, I'm not sure where Noam gets his Creationism statistic from. Perhaps from Daily Kos.)
Meanwhile, Polish anarchists have written to "celebrity anarchist" Noam Chomsky condemning him for his apparent endorsement, along with Ken Loach, of Bogusław Ziętek, the Polish Labour Party's (PPP) candidate for President, who they claim is an authoritarian pseudo-leftist, with links to the antisemitic ultra-nationalist far right. (Hat tip Waterloo Sunset.)
In other news: a nice mural of Noam from Philly.