Sunday, December 6, 2015

Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a 'Radical Insurgency'

Noam Chomsky. (photo: Andrew Rusk)
Noam Chomsky. (photo: Andrew Rusk)

By Arturo Garcia, Raw Story
05 December 15
IT professor Noam Chomsky told Truthout that, even if someone like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is elected president, the Republican Party will retain the ability to stifle any attempts to move the US in a more progressive direction for years to come.

“It’s important to recognize that they are no longer a normal political party,” Chomsky said in an interview published on Thursday, adding that “the former [Republican] Party is now a ‘radical insurgency’ that has pretty much abandoned parliamentary politics, for interesting reasons that we can’t go into here.”

Chomsky expanded on those reasons in a separate interview with Frontline earlier this year, citing findings from the conservative American Enterprise Institute:
Since Ronald Reagan, the leadership has plunged so far into the pockets of the very rich and the corporate sector that they can attract votes only by mobilising sectors of the population that have not previously been an organised political force, among them extremist evangelical Christians, now probably the majority of Republican voters; remnants of the former slave-holding States; nativists who are terrified that “they” are taking our white Christian Anglo-Saxon country away from us; and others who turn the Republican primaries into spectacles remote from the mainstream of modern society — though not the mainstream of the most powerful country in world history.
Sanders would also face opposition from many Democrats, Chomsky argued, since their policy shifts would not make them more like moderate Republicans. The senator’s best chance of effecting change if elected, the philosopher argued on Thursday, would come from the rise of popular movements which could push him further in his own policies.

“That brings us, I think, to the most important part of the Sanders candidacy,” Chomsky said. “It has mobilized a huge number of people. If those forces can be sustained beyond the election, instead of fading away once the extravaganza is over, they could become the kind of popular force that the country badly needs if it is to deal in a constructive way with the enormous challenges that lie ahead.”


-43 # Ralph 2015-12-05 14:58
I'm surprised Chomsky has fallen into this Orwellian rhetoric. So many of the masses have but a linguistics professor?

Radical -(especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.

These right wing criminals are reactionary they are not radical.
+29 # aikidokurt 2015-12-05 15:29
Based on the definition provided, the GOP are,"affecting the fundamental nature of something"... namely the republican form of gov't in the U.S. Ie: To legally bind any religion to the body politic of the U.S. would be a radical change to our nation. Or to legally exclude or criminalize a particular religion would be a pretty radical departure for the US. No one would deny Hitler's "Final solution" was radical compared to previous German conservative politics of the 19th and 20th century. Sometimes the reaction is radical compared to the previous constituency of the body politics? BTW few still understand or communicate in the language created by Marx to describe his economic model today, except to deride or debase those who still do. Not right, but regardless the propagandists did their job well.
+22 # m s 57 2015-12-05 23:47
Reactionaries are indeed radical, which in fact has nothing to do with criminality. The definition of a reactionary is an extreme conservative who wants not just to stymie but reverse all "progressive" change in order to return to some status quo ante, usually gilded by memory and imagined as a golden time in history. Hence the unending assault on the basic goals of FDR's New Deal (which is the foundation of Bernie's definition of democratic socialism) and LBJ's Great Society.
+11 # Douglas Jack 2015-12-06 01:22
Noam is right except in his choice of words, "the former [Republican] Party is now a ‘radical insurgency’ that has pretty much abandoned parliamentary politics".

'Radical' (Latin radicalis "of or having roots," from L. radix (genitive radicis) "root").

Repugs, nor most of us, can't dig deep in our minds, to follow the roots of any issue, but lean upon misinformation fed by mainstream media. Repugs being subservient game-players to the dictates of oligarch power or money, abandon analysis. Rich oligarchs play repug insecure alienated minds with anger through hate media, fostering blame & insurgency against enemies they never meet. Angry Repugs decide quickly upon their emotional reaction or religious belief about any situation & descend into fantasy associations or generalizations.

Trump's shows jump from fantasy association to generalization based on the indoctrination he has been fed, without reflection or analysis. Repugs have a deep inability to do any substantiative balanced research, from any form of neutral position.

Repugs are consequently unable to engage in 'Parliament' (French 'parler' = 'to-speak') & deride dialogue, debate, Congress, government or any process which requires positing one's assumptions in any kind of neutral forum. Given their self-deception, repugs are very uncomfortable at both-sided, equal-time, recorded & published dialogue.
+4 # ritawalpoleague 2015-12-06 08:11
Ralph, I am not one bit surprised that Pfof. Noam is, once again, taking action in favor of 'liberty and justice for all'. For example, he was heartily welcomed as he got onboard the plaintiffs team in the 'case of the century', Hedges, et. al. v. Obama, et. al. This is the case, the court's decision on which (in hefty favor of plaintiff's) was reported on the front page of the Sunday edition of The Guardian in the UK, but barely got even mentioned in today's 'mess' media', here in the U.S.. So sad but true, Obama, et. al. (including a Sect. of State named Hillary Clinton) pushed for and got overturn on said decision, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court (no big surprise, with today's Supremes being loaded by the GOP with anything but democracy protecting jurists).

Today, as we here in this now so broken country mourn endlessly over fascist style oligarchic 'police state ain't great' method of operating, with rule of law flushed down the toilet, and military now able to arrest any citizen, throw them into indefinite detention with no due process (trial), it is absolutely no surprise whatsoever that our low income populace (particularly people of color) are brutalized, tortured and slaughtered, with little and no meaningful investigation/p enalization of officer(s) who 'b.t.s.'.

Black (and brown) Lives do matter. Any and all who recognize what's going on, must elect Bernie Sanders.
+5 # rich black 2015-12-06 09:13
"So many of the masses have but a linguistics professor?"

That sentence, if it is a sentence, makes no sense. However, it is excusable, if English is your second language.

You've accused Chomsky, one of the world's most respected intellectuals, of using Orwellian language. Do you really believe what you write, or do you, perhaps, have a poor understanding of the English language, or are just trolling us?
+16 # chapdrum 2015-12-05 21:30
For f*ck's sake, since at least the early days of Nixon, they've ALWAYS been a radical insurgency.

+18 # Shades of gray matter 2015-12-05 23:02
They have WAY over 60 more seats in Congress than Dems, control most state houses & state legislatures. A very powerful Political Party. If Rubio hangs in long enough, it could look like a pretty typical race, no? There is a reactionary insurgency INSIDE the GOP. I wish there were a radical insurgency inside the Corporate-Dem-N eo-Con Party.
+16 # Thomas Martin 2015-12-05 23:19
OK folks, Noam Chomsky has challenged us to "rise UP", and Bernie Sanders has called on us to do the same - so what now?!?
+10 # tedrey 2015-12-06 06:24
Follow through.
+8 # PrinceDarrell 2015-12-05 23:25
The modern GOP is almost totally divorced from any public utility or value, spending most of it's time interfering with and trying to man handle every advantage they currently enjoy to undo, without the slightest whiff of a better idea, speaking with sound and fury long dispelled myths, and decrying, attacking any person whose values contradicted those of Republican party donors. Service with a grimace as they attacked potential threats to your streams of wealth. Never mind that they ran up enormous deficits, and swelled the size of the government, starting us down the path to huge deficts, and staggering loss of human life. Still, they insist that others are corrupt. Yet conservation of resources, Constitutionall y defined government, these are necessary for a positive change, but I fail to see any attempt to create, only to fail in the attempt to destroy the twice elected president.
+5 # Junius 2015-12-05 23:44
An "insurgency" against what? They captured both parties long ago.
+1 # Shades of gray matter 2015-12-06 00:04
Slick Willie took the DP to the right re "end of welfare as we know it;" "era of Big Government is OVER" (CONCEDING that government big enough to stand up to U.S. BASED GlobalCorps was a BAD thing); advocated spending more on War Machine than Dumya. Intervened in Serbia to screw Russia, even though the outcome turned out OK, luckily. Rove countered with more mobilization of the Nixon-Reagan bigots and the nutcase religious right. OxyContin "Rush" and Phone SeXXX O'Reilly of Radio Uganda turned up the heat. No Romney like robo-Republican with any charisma chose to run; "Stanley, a fine mess you've gotten US into."
+5 # humanmancalvin 2015-12-06 00:05
I have been referring to the Republican party & base as the Radical Right Insurgency for some time now. These radicals are not interested in governing the US in the normal sense of the word. They wish to institute religion (Christianity) as a prime part of politics, abolishing the separation of church & state. They also have the wish to limit all new foreigners seeking to become American citizens to those of the Caucasian race. Xenophobic to the core, they picture sealed borders surround both Mexico & Canada. There is also the hope that the privacy rights of citizens is stripped to the barest minimum thus allowing them complete control over all communication enabling them to flush out those that disagree with their radical politics & religious views.Public schools as we know them would no longer exist & in there place academies that teach Creationism as a science & a warped version of American history that would make America appear as the worlds big brother never having committed any atrocities or war crimes.
These people are Anti-American to the core & must be stopped from pushing their biased & warped versions of self created facts at the peril of America ceasing to exist as an independent nation where supposedly its citizens are instrumental in creating laws. I have not even touched on the police state that would exist much more than it ruefully does today.
You may not like Hillary but damn it between her & any one of these deranged pols, there is no choice.

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