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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Noam Chomsky's reaction to bin Laden death

Among wild cat calls coming from all corners of US after the disastrous "apprehension" of bin Laden I found this article by Noam Chomsky to be very refreshing. Here's why.

I don't agree with everything Dr. Chomsky is saying about politics and economics Especially the latter for he's no better economist than Madame Pelosi or Sen. McCain: about the same level of understanding of underlying principles.
He is a great linguist and scientist though and, perhaps, this is why he sucks at economics.

Nonetheless, Dr. Chomsky is very consistent and analytical critic of US foreign policies and is highly sophisticated at this. Being of a liberal sort he dislike Bush (who doesn't though) and is looking if bin Laden was a worst war criminal then previous US president.

"We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole”.

Very valid point, indeed. Although blaming everything on Bush would be a bit unfair, I think. Don't forget about other war criminals preceding and succeeding him. Here's the another quote from the same article:

"Same with the name, Operation Geronimo. The imperial mentality is so profound, throughout western society, that no one can perceive that they are glorifying bin Laden by identifying him with courageous resistance against genocidal invaders. It’s like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk… It’s as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes “Jew” and “Gypsy.”


  1. You can't lump Chomsky and McCain in the same economic boat. I'd like to see a list of individuals you consider to have a "good" understanding of economics.

    1. Hello Jaime.

      The reason I lumped him together with Pelosi and McCain is because they both lack the understanding of basic economic laws. Chomsky - judging from him sharing ideas with Marx - is socialist syndicalist.

      Too bad he doesn't use much of his logic and great mental capacity to argue about his economic platform. Pity, because unlike the other two personages, he posses a high-quality brain.

      For my list good economics: Ludwig Von Mises and Murray Rothbard would be the prime choices. By the way, Chomsky completely misunderstood the latter author, or simply didn't bother to read him at any length.