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Is there no hope?
on January 23, 2014
Chomsky has a wicked sense of humor that comes out in his writing. He is also a name dropper par excellence and a lazy author. He tries to give the impression that all the authorities he cites (none of which I ever heard of) would vouch for his every word; and even if they did who listens? The Power elite? The Media? Anyone?
Even though "he preaches to the choir" I was not prepared for this barrage of negativity regarding the US, its foreign policy (slightly to the left of the 3rd Reich) according to Chomsky, its support of Israel who Chomsky derides as a minion of the US and a brutal occupier and a negative force to all that is good. The bleak picture he draws of our current world affairs, with only Pollyana solutions that have no political sway with the masses, is awful and seemingly without hope of change.
He is a solicialist by political persuasion and is quick to present Hugo Chaves, Elo Morales, the Castro brothers, and Hamas as the hopes for peace in the world. (Note: This book was written in 2006 so a lot of the references are outdated. For example he extols Argentina 's efforts to better the lives of its people of its people but does not update the book to reflect the near collapse of the Argentina economy, and its fascist government which gets a "pass".
His world view is bleak but that is a realistic view of the world of today, where good is bad, and bad is sometimes good. He savages the Republicans and especially George Bush but presents no solution to our many problems.
A good read but it will leave you depressed.