There’s no one quite like Noam Chomsky. An academic who did ground-breaking work in linguistics, Chomsky always approaches politics with a steady, dispassionate and detailed review of factual information, breaking down the areas in which normal people get screwed and detailing the ways in which the Powers that Be get away with it — and how they do it. Every morning over coffee, Chomsky starts his day by burning through a half dozen or so of all the major papers, reading them cover to cover with what must be a photographic memory because when he starts talking, it’s like the Energizer Bunny reading the Encyclopedia: Noam keeps going and going and going.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. ~ Matthew 18:5-6 Perhaps this verse might be something of a counter to the White House theologians as they weaponize the Bible so as to justify their attacks on the world’s most vulnerable.
For the record, I appreciate conspiracy stories. The Grassy Knoll, the 9/11 inside job, etc., conspiracies are thrilling, much like reading a riveting mystery novel. It gives one the sense that I am one of the few who know the truth, the awful, terrible truth about how the Powers That Be manipulate our world….Etc… Such conspiracy theories, however, can, themselves, become a conspiracy all their own, i.e., one of the ways we are manipulated in our modern world is by believing that we are victims of a great conspiracy. To put it another way, if you believe that you are the victim of a conspiracy, then you’ll be ready to go to war against whatever powers are conspiring against you.
One way that racism persists in America is that non-Whites are not permitted to interpret their own experiences. White America has always reserved for themselves the right to describe the nature of “America,” to define what America means and what it means to be an American — and if your interpretation doesn’t square with theirs, then it isn’t legit. If a non-White person says that their experience in America involves racism, White America cannot take that at face value, cannot engage in a simple act of listening. This brings us to the latest in the White America’s battle for the NFL’s National Anthem.
The Trumpification of the English language: “For instance, I went to Russia for a day or so, a day or two, because I own the Miss Universe pageant. So I went there to watch it because it was near Moscow. So I go to Russia. Now I didn’t go there. Everybody knows. The logs are there, the planes are there. He said I didn’t stay there a night. Of course I stayed there. I stayed there a very short period of time. But of course I stayed. Well his memo said I left immediately. I never said that. I never said I left immediately.” From recent interview on Fox & Friends
So teachers are striking, apparently they want a living wage or something. In any event, it raises a few tricky questions. Why is it that some of the most valuable work has the least monetary value in a capitalist society? Why do so many teachers fail to make a living wage? Why does “the market” (so-called) reward so many who are doing things that do nothing to better society, while so many teachers get crap for wages? These are questions you cannot ask….in the Twilight (of Capitalism) Zone…. http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Fayette-County-Schools-close-as-teachers-begin-mass-protests-478360303.html