Chomsky: The Republican Victory Means Our Doom

| January 23, 2011 | 4 Replies

At some point we will stop thinking of Noam Chomsky as a leading intellectual and start thinking of him as a doddering old fool who has soaked so long in progressive politics that his once-formidable mind has gone soft as a down pillow.

“There’s other factors like the anger, and the fear and hostility in the country about everything carries over to this,” Chomsky said. “So if you look at polls, everyone hates Congress. They hate the Democrats. They hate the Republicans even more. They hate big business. They hate banks and they distrust scientists. So why should we believe what these pointy-head elitist are telling? We don’t trust anything else. We don’t trust them.”

He explained those feelings led to November’s election results, and would have serious repercussions for civilization.

“All of this combines the latest election a couple of days ago,” he continued. “You could almost interpret it a kind of a death knell for the species. There was an article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, you know – not a radical rag exactly.  They’re running through the new Republicans coming to Congress and they’re worried about them.”

Well, you could interpret it as such, if you were fond of leaping onto a kitchen chair, lifting the hem of your housedress, and shrieking like a cartoon housewife every time the electorate voted in a way you don’t like. On the other hand, you could interpret what happened in November as the inevitable result of the fult-tilt boogie toward a totalitarian government very few Americans actually want to see.

That’s what the voters did. It’s too bad Chomsky is too busy being partisan to spend a few minutes being smart.

UPDATE: Our universe is doomed! DOOOOMED!

UPDATE 2: An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Noam Chomsky’s research shop.

UPDATE 3: Ed Driscoll adds the exclamation point.

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