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Noam Chomsky denounces old friend Hugo Chávez for 'assault' on democracy
The Guardian ^ | 7/3/11

Posted on 07/03/2011 1:41:45 PM PDT by markomalley

Hugo Chávez has long considered Noam Chomsky one of his best friends in the west. He has basked in the renowned scholar's praise for Venezuela's socialist revolution and echoed his denunciations of US imperialism.

Venezuela's president, who hasrevealed that he has had surgery in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumour, turned one of Chomsky's books into an overnight bestseller after brandishing it during a UN speech. He hosted Chomsky in Caracas with smiles and pomp. Earlier this year Chávez even suggested Washington make Chomsky the US ambassador to Venezuela.

The president may be about to have second thoughts about that, because his favourite intellectual has now turned his guns on Chávez.

Speaking to the Observer last week, Chomsky has accused the socialist leader of amassing too much power and of making an "assault" on Venezuela's democracy.

"Concentration of executive power, unless it's very temporary and for specific circumstances, such as fighting world war two, is an assault on democracy. You can debate whether [Venezuela's] circumstances require it: internal circumstances and the external threat of attack, that's a legitimate debate. But my own judgment in that debate is that it does not."

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: chavez; chomsky; hugochavez; venezuela

1 posted on 07/03/2011 1:41:48 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Oh, pull-eeze.


2 posted on 07/03/2011 1:42:54 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: markomalley
of amassing too much power and of making an "assault" on Venezuela's democracy

So where was Chomsky when we were saying this all along years ago?

3 posted on 07/03/2011 1:43:39 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: markomalley

Chomsky. Our new hero!


4 posted on 07/03/2011 1:43:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: markomalley

Chomsky: duh


5 posted on 07/03/2011 1:48:02 PM PDT by Mr. Peabody
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To: markomalley

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.


6 posted on 07/03/2011 1:49:46 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: markomalley

What´s the Chomsky on steve?


7 posted on 07/03/2011 1:53:17 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: markomalley

Noam.... Did you just notice that this guy doesn’t like democracy?

My suspicion is that Chomsky did not receive his latest check from Chavez in the mail.


8 posted on 07/03/2011 1:56:36 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: markomalley

How come Chomsky waits until Chavez is in a Cuban Hospital with half his guts cut out to attack the man?


9 posted on 07/03/2011 1:57:50 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: markomalley

What the hell’s Chomsky whining about, now? Chávez is the obvious culmination of everything Chomsky stands for.....

He’s just too stupid to realize it.


10 posted on 07/03/2011 2:07:18 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: markomalley

11 posted on 07/03/2011 2:10:27 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: markomalley
Chomsky reveals he has lobbied Venezuela's government behind the scenes since late last year after being approached by the Carr centre for human rights policy at Harvard University.

Amnesty International and the European parliament, among others, have condemned the judge's treatment

It is pretty obvious someone has been feeding Chomsky’s ego.

A prestigious organization asked him to intercede on behalf of the imprisoned judge.

So Chomsky gets the chance to be the internationally recognized hero whether he succeeds or not.

And since these prestigious Lefty organizations like Amnesty International Have come out against Chavez he is free to criticize him if it is to his advantage.

12 posted on 07/03/2011 2:11:29 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: markomalley

How long is this guy going to be around? (Chomsky, not Chavez.) I remember talking to his obnoxious students years ago. They liked to explain to me, like geniuses talking down to a moron, that if the terms were properly defined, an atheist and a Christian would discover they actually agreed on the question of whether God exists.

Well guess what? If you play by Chomsky’s rules, the atheist is right and the Christian is wrong. This is because the term ‘God’ is robbed of so much meaning, it becomes an empty concept, and you discover the Christian believes in ‘nothing’—which dovetails perfectly into the atheist’s beliefs.

Chomsky and his students are small-minded and insufferable. Why can’t the man retire and spend his golden years on the links? He’s done way more than enough damage for one lifetime. Let it go, and let the next mindless liberal have a crack.


13 posted on 07/03/2011 2:17:52 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: markomalley

The Guardian reporting on a slapfest between Chomsky and Chavez.

Sounds like the plot for a new disaster movie:

“When Commies Attack” (each other)


14 posted on 07/03/2011 2:20:42 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: markomalley

Chomsky’s a moron- the reason why Communism cannot work is because few humans can resist absolute power- which is necessary to deprive everyone of their private property. I hope he’s someplace crying into his autographed copy of “Das Kapital” because his Venezuelan hero turns out to be of the same cloth as Stalin, Kim, and Pol Pot.


15 posted on 07/03/2011 2:20:58 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: lowbridge

“So where was Chomsky when we were saying this all along years ago?”

Trying to figure out what a “libertarian socialist” is.


16 posted on 07/03/2011 2:36:04 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Psycho_Bunny
What the hell’s Chomsky whining about, now? Chávez is the obvious culmination of everything Chomsky stands for.....

Exactly.

17 posted on 07/03/2011 2:43:09 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: haroldeveryman
Trying to figure out what a “libertarian socialist” is.

Someone who wants to do anything he feels like while everyone else pays for it.

18 posted on 07/03/2011 3:09:58 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: markomalley
Noem Chompski is a completely died in the wool liberal fascist. If Chomspaskeeter is denouncing Chavez, wait and see who he or shee is.It means that there is an understudy in the works who will be ushered in as a kinder gentler democracy friendly fascist.

All that remains is to wait and see who he or she is.

, Noem Chomper Chomski, is right up there with the very worst of other a$$ hat liberal fascists in the Obama regime, which has brought RULE of our people, rule by ideologue fascist academics. He has never served America, and is unAmerican.May he rot from the feet up to his allegedly vaunted brain. When it comes to American freedom, he is our country's foremost village idiot,and that's going a lot, bause Howard Dean is second.

19 posted on 07/03/2011 3:11:54 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barak_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Revolting cat!

A renowned scholar, who knew? More apt description is a POS.


20 posted on 07/03/2011 3:13:08 PM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: All

GRRRRRREAT FReeper comments BUMP!


21 posted on 07/03/2011 3:21:00 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: markomalley
Noam Chomsky is about social justice and "people-centered movements."

Is that what makes one an intellectual? Being able to express Marxist feeeeeeeelings in one's own words?

That's what made the MSM, et al rave about the 1960s Marxist-Alinsky street/campus revolutionary rabble as the most intelligent generation ever.

Chomsky is certainly in that category. Probably mentored lots of kids with their copies of Alinsky's "Rules For Spoiled Brats".

Like they say about Stalin.. things just got out of hand that's all. Everything is right about the system . . . .

22 posted on 07/03/2011 3:22:24 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: haroldeveryman

I thought that I was the only one that knew that Chomsky is a libertarian.


23 posted on 07/03/2011 3:26:12 PM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: haroldeveryman
If you don't already know check out what Obama and Cass Sunstein propose with libertarian paternalism.

Basically I believe it means they absolutely respect your unalienable right to choose.. that's right YOU! It's American as apple pie!

We name the choices from which you freely choose, say Obama and Sunstein.

24 posted on 07/03/2011 3:32:10 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Pontiac
It is not really Chomsky, an MIT grad student hacked Chomsky's brain and now has remote control. Next week he will endorse Sarah Palin.
25 posted on 07/03/2011 3:41:02 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Islam is an instrument of enslavement)
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To: W. W. SMITH

First of all, Chomsky is NOT a libertarian...not a true one anyway. Secondly, he is only saying this is because Chavez is dying, and once he dies, all the crap that he did is going to come out and embarrass people who supported him. Just like when Castro dies and the people revolt and open up all the crap he did and embarrass all of the people who supported him.


26 posted on 07/03/2011 4:32:15 PM PDT by gman992
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

It sure is easy to voluntarily decide what’s in your best interest once you have a gun pointed at your head. It shouldn’t have to take a shyster, nor even a professor of semantics, to figure that out.


27 posted on 07/03/2011 4:39:08 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: lowbridge

Chomsky is an idiot. No population EVER submits willingly to socialism, therefore EVERY socialist government resorts to cracking down on freedoms to enforce it.


28 posted on 07/03/2011 4:41:07 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: markomalley

Thus does Noam Chomsky prove himself a total hypocrite.


29 posted on 07/03/2011 5:05:32 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: markomalley

Noam Chomsky has to choke on any sentence that has the words Democracy, Freedom, Liberty in them.


30 posted on 07/03/2011 5:20:10 PM PDT by jongaltsr (It)
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To: markomalley

Curly vs. Shemp.

Ya gotta laugh.


31 posted on 07/03/2011 5:37:41 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Chomsky is an idiot.

Oh, the irony.

I say old boy, isn't rather odd how Chomsky is allowed to be a "Key-Note" speaker at the West Point military academy(?).

yawn

32 posted on 07/03/2011 8:59:09 PM PDT by LjubivojeRadosavljevic
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To: Fantasywriter
How long is this guy going to be around? (Chomsky, not Chavez.) I remember talking to his obnoxious students years ago. They liked to explain to me, like geniuses talking down to a moron, that if the terms were properly defined, an atheist and a Christian would discover they actually agreed on the question of whether God exists.

I can not, for the life of me, understand why Chomsky is considered a respected source on the left.

The man is a linguist, his specialty is language, and this main claim to fame in this field, may actually be falling down as its been in dispute for some time (its a theory about language and thinking, I'm not qualified to say if its right or wrong), either way, he has NOTHING what so ever to do with politics, what qualifies him anymore then a guy flipping burgers at a fast food joint ????????

This guy has made a pretty penny simply spewing out whatever it is leftists want to hear, he has "preached to the choir and been paid for it", the amazing thing is......he isn't even a real preacher, lol.

33 posted on 07/03/2011 9:19:34 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: lowbridge
“So where was Chomsky when we were saying this all along years ago?”

Well....he was a communist then...now he's a fascist.

Fascist???? He's evening will to have a strongman fascist if it means that global warming can finally be addressed.

34 posted on 07/03/2011 10:52:32 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: Puckster

“He’s evening will “

He’s even willing.....


35 posted on 07/03/2011 10:58:37 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: markomalley
Noam's a little late to the party. Most of the abuses for which he now criticizes Chavez took place years ago.

What did he expect? His Venezuelan socialist paradise turned out to be a mess just as all the other ones did, and it wasn't U.S. hegemony that made it that way. Chomsky knows perfectly well what Marx meant by "internal contradictions" but he won't see it in his own political models until his nose is rubbed in it. No sympathy here.

36 posted on 07/03/2011 11:17:42 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: markomalley

Hilarious watching the leftists turn on each other . . . again.


37 posted on 07/04/2011 1:24:56 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Pontiac

Sounds like the Carr Centre agreed to pay him more than Chavez was paying him.


38 posted on 07/04/2011 9:38:14 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: markomalley

/snicker

Liberals say the darnedest things


39 posted on 07/04/2011 9:39:26 AM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: LjubivojeRadosavljevic

Politics undoubtedly played a part in the selection. The commander of West Point is bucking for promotion and thinks that if he curries favor with the current administration he will go to the top of the list, just like they used to do in the USSR.


40 posted on 07/04/2011 9:44:12 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Brilliant
Or they offered him a cozy retirement job with a six figure salary where he only has to work a few weeks a year with lots of travel perks.

Lefty literati like him get those kind of jobs as a reward for service of the cause.

41 posted on 07/04/2011 9:59:59 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Brilliant; Venturer; Psycho_Bunny; Pontiac
Commies and their fellow travelers always switch sides when their favorite proves to be a loser.

Lenin, Mussolini, Hitler, Mao, Castro and now Hugo.

All were once supported because they were anti-capitolist, anti-Western, anti-democracy. Then when these fiends reveal their true nature and are overthrown or at least no longer “fashionable”, The Left, especially the “limousine liberals”set find another “cause celebre.’ ” And afterwards they say they never supported them.
Read “I984” and see the way history is rewritten to fit the current Government line.

42 posted on 07/04/2011 1:31:28 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Conservatives get mad when lied to. Leftists get mad when you tell them the Truth!")
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