Skip to comments.Noam Chomsky denounces old friend Hugo Chávez for 'assault' on democracy
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."
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So where was Chomsky when we were saying this all along years ago?
Chomsky. Our new hero!
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
What´s the Chomsky on steve?
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.
How come Chomsky waits until Chavez is in a Cuban Hospital with half his guts cut out to attack the man?
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.
Amnesty International and the European parliament, among others, have condemned the judge's treatment
It is pretty obvious someone has been feeding Chomskys 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.
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.
The Guardian reporting on a slapfest between Chomsky and Chavez.
Sounds like the plot for a new disaster movie:
“When Commies Attack” (each other)
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.
“So where was Chomsky when we were saying this all along years ago?”
Trying to figure out what a “libertarian socialist” is.
Someone who wants to do anything he feels like while everyone else pays for it.
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.
A renowned scholar, who knew? More apt description is a POS.
GRRRRRREAT FReeper comments BUMP!
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 . . . .
I thought that I was the only one that knew that Chomsky is a libertarian.
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.
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.
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.
Chomsky is an idiot. No population EVER submits willingly to socialism, therefore EVERY socialist government resorts to cracking down on freedoms to enforce it.
Thus does Noam Chomsky prove himself a total hypocrite.
Noam Chomsky has to choke on any sentence that has the words Democracy, Freedom, Liberty in them.
Curly vs. Shemp.
Ya gotta laugh.
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(?).
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.
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.
“He’s evening will “
He’s even willing.....
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.
Hilarious watching the leftists turn on each other . . . again.
Sounds like the Carr Centre agreed to pay him more than Chavez was paying him.
Liberals say the darnedest things
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.
Lefty literati like him get those kind of jobs as a reward for service of the cause.
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.