I have become increasingly concerned about what is happening to our world. I don't know what to do about it but I believe it is crucial that information be disseminated. These are momentous times for which the necessity to stay informed is ever greater. I plan to post notes about recent publications on this site that help me think about what is going on. And I would welcome your comments.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
A look at Chomsky's critique of the world's elite
A friend has pointed me to an article by Noam Chomsky that appeared some time ago, which I provide a link to here. I have tended to see Chomsky as further to the left than I am, but the older I get and the more I learn about the world the more I wonder if Chomsky is right. The whole idea that the elites of the world don't really believe in democracy, don't even want democracy, has seemed extreme. But the more I watch the behavior of American political leaders the more I wonder. I am appalled at the way that so many of them protect the rich -- not merely the well-off but the super-super rich. Lately several of our congressmen have shamelessly argued against asking the 1% to pay a higher percentage than the middle class. They are offended the rich might have to pay a premium for the benefits from investing in this country where investments are believed to be safer than elsewhere. It's no surprise that the politicians want to protect their benefactors, their donors, but what astonishes is that they now do it so openly, so blatantly, and without shame.
So I think Chomsky may have been right all along.
Have a look at what he has to say by clicking on the following: http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175382/