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Noam Chomsky

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the author of many books, talks about what’s changed in the 40 years since he published American Power & the New Mandarins.

Delivering a lecture titled "Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours," Noam Chomsky will speak at the Riverside Church in Harlem this Friday at 7pm.

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Comments [86]

In fairness, I must note that I had emailed the Leonard Lopate Show asking why it seemed that Chomsky had _never_ been on the show and I received the reply that Chomsky had been invited many times but had always declined. So, for all I know, the same explanation may apply in one or both cases here.

Jun. 27 2013 01:13 PM
Noach of Brooklyn

Oops, my previous comment was meant to go to http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/jan/09/open-phones-ron-paul-supporters/
(where I subsequently posted it)
but if anything, it's actually /more/ apropos here...

Jan. 09 2012 04:14 PM
Noach of Brooklyn

"D Torres" wrote:
"According to the NYTIMES Noam Chomsky is the most important intellectual alive, he is listened to by leaders all over the world."

And yet, the NY Times doesn't even deem Chomsky's column fit to print" in their flag ship offering here at home in the U.S.- only in the Times Co.'s International Herald Tribune. How often does the Times even /mention/ Chomsky?

But let's not be too harsh on that classic bastion of liberalism, after all, how much better is our own, beloved, WNYC?

I'm fairly certain that Brian Lehrer has not had Chomsky on the show since June, 2009, when he was relegated to 20 minutes during which Lehrer seemed to be trying to prevent Professor Chomsky from saying anything that would too-much anger too many of the listeners (http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2009/jun/09/noam-chomsky/ ). And, prior to that, how long was it since Chomsky had been on the show?

Has Leonard Lopate _ever_ had Chomsky on the show? I searched and couldn't find any evidence of such having ever occurred.

Jan. 09 2012 04:02 PM
James from Columbia

My Favorite Chomsky Clip: http://scarlettopia.blip.tv/file/4309303

Nov. 01 2010 03:46 PM
Julius from Tucson from Tucson, AZ

Most religions - at the very least the ones that produce written texts - share a single philosophy at their cores: Treat other people the way you want to be treated.
Chomsky's political philosophy hinges around this simple concept, which is why you see so much of his criticism directed at the United States and so comparatively little at those we declare to be our adversaries. His analysis is based almost entirely on criticizing nations and/or groups that practice the most familiar form of political hypocrisy, which translates as "Do as I say not as I do."
For example, he points to Israel's frequent official use of the Holocaust as a rationale for executing another Holocaust on a different people - the Palestinians.
He calls attention to the incongruity of blaming the Khmer Rouge (a group he excoriates) for the death of millions when the United States - our country - is directly responsible for the deaths of millions in Southeast Asia.
He has never defended the perpetrators of the World Trade Center attacks. Rather, he asks us to have the courage to inquire, first, whether some identifiable forces might have impelled that attack, and b) whether our own actions as a nation might be a significant factor among those forces.
He may be boring at times, he is definitely more sarcastic than i would like, and his use of footnotes is too often frustrating to this reader - but Noam Chomsky stands as the conscience of the USA.
If he were a journalist, i would say he is the modern equivalent of I. F. Stone.

Jul. 03 2009 04:24 PM
LD

Not one of you idiots bashing Chomsky have given an accurate description of his stances AND commented on it in a meaningful way with sources.

You just insult him.

And he's absolutely right about the power of the Jewish elites and the Jewish Establishment in our country.

There is not NEW antisemitism. And just because the ADL says antisemitism is worsening does not mean it is a meaningful increase.

Moreover, if antisemitism is increasing due to Israel then it's the same as anti-American sentiment growing due to American foreign policy.

Israel itself is a guarantee that antisemitism will always be around and never be dealt with meaningfully.

The truth is, tribal Jews and Zionists LOVE antisemitism. They need it to know themselves.

Jul. 01 2009 12:57 AM
andrey from usa

Oh, and to the poster mentioning that Chomsky is worth $2,000,000, his book of interviews titled 9-11 alone sold more than 1 million copies, and MIT where he worked for more than 50 years probably paid him fairly. So I'm sure that he's worth quite a bit more than $2,000,000. And judging by the merits of his work, it's hard to think of somebody more deserving of every penny.

Jun. 30 2009 04:39 AM
andrey from usa

Funny how all the criticisms of Mr. Chomsky here are just childish ad-hominems and the same three websites that when you take a moment to read, take him out of context, don't address any of his main points and are otherwise completely irrelevant.

Jun. 30 2009 02:46 AM
andy from california

it's surprising that people here are unwilling to listen to what chomsky actually says in the interview. they're unwilling to check the official record which chomsky quotes, and they're unwilling to go read some chomsky to see what he actually says?

the idea that anti-semitism is at the same levels as nazi germany is just absurd on its face and you can see that idea smashed by gallup polls and polls by PIPA.

chomsky never supported pol pot, he just pointed out that coverage of pol pot was widespread while coverage of east timor - which in proportion to population was just as bad and was going on at the same time - was almost zero. in fact, coverage of east timor went to zero as the atrocities there peaked. the reason is that east timor was being attacked by indonesia, an ally whose military we trained and armed. pol pot was just some crazy communist.

in fact, it's also interesting that those who run around screaming about how chomsky supported pol pot also forget to mention that when pol pot was toppled from power by a vietnamese invasion, that the US instantly started to support pol pot and his forces to keep them from rotting in the jungles. then, the US supported a chinese invasion of vietnam to punish vietnam for....stopping the pol pot atrocities!

the fact that those who criticize chomsky are also so ignorant of world affairs, of history, and seem to lack an ability to use logic to sift through the propaganda emanating from fox news and NYT is quite interesting and shows the depths to which people will sink in order to defend their beloved rulers.

Jun. 25 2009 12:56 PM
Lamont Cranston from Australia

Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens can you actually tell us what Chomsky said about Pol Pot or in what source you read his devastating supportive statement?

Jun. 23 2009 05:52 PM
Lamont Cranston from Australia

When Chomsky was a child there were certain parts his (Catholic, Irish/German) neighbourhood he and his brother couldn't go to for fear of being killed.
When his father was able to save up enough money to get a second hand car and take the family on weekend trips into the coutryside they would have to check in advance to make sure the motels would allow them.
When he and his wife were first looking for a home around Boston, the real estate agent would have to inform them which neighbourhoods they couldn't buy in.

I think Noam knows perfectly well what Anti-Semitism is.

Jun. 23 2009 05:43 PM
PMA from NE Indiana

Brian,

Thank you for hosting such an extraordinary guest. No single philosopher has influenced my political orientation more than Chomsky. Bring him back soon!

Jun. 23 2009 05:22 PM
John from Kansas

It is always a pleasure to listen to Noam Chomsky, the most important intellectual of our time, even on such brief occasions as this. Thanks to the show hosting and broadcasting.

Jun. 23 2009 03:33 PM
hartsellml from South Korea

I have read the criticisms of Chomsky on this site. However, no one has mentioned that fact that his evidence comes directly from US State Department planners, documents and leaders. Thus, the charges against him are actually against the evidence he brings forth. In that case the criticisms are correct (in that they are against the system itself, not Chomsky).

Jun. 23 2009 07:24 AM
Andras Konya

"You know, Ho Chi Minh is gonna get into a canoe, come over, and you know, rape your grandmother."

I love this guy.

Jun. 20 2009 02:00 PM
Andrew Duggan from United Kingdom

The ranges of Chomsky’s concerns are not just confined to the United States. If you read 'Hegemony or Survival', for example, you will see that he is critical of other countries and their foreign policies i.e. Israel and the Britain.

Anyone who thinks about U.S. foreign policy and the policies of it allies, should read what Chomsky rights and talks about.

Jun. 15 2009 05:06 PM
Jacquie

http://www.indypendent.org/2009/06/13/noam-chomsky-
addresses-thousands-at-riverside-church/

Jun. 15 2009 03:05 PM
Jacquie

I recently attended Chomsky's June 12 talk at the Riverside Church. Here is the article about the event I wrote for The Indypendent: http://www.indypendent.org/2009/06/13/noam-chomsky-addresses-thousands-at-riverside-church/

Jun. 15 2009 03:03 PM
DAT from Nathan Straus Projects

Noam Chomsky's ability to sift through
all the government documents and extract
the golden kernels of truth and then
break it down, for the ordinary person,
to understand, is one of his greatest gifts.

Noam Chomsky rips the lid off the garbage
can of government lies and exposes the
rot to the sun, for all to see.

Jun. 13 2009 12:15 PM
Julio

Thank you for interviewing Chomsky, Brian.

Jun. 12 2009 02:05 PM
ann

I agree with Noam. And Zionist call us anti-semites? funny

Jun. 12 2009 12:17 PM
ravi


Chomsky has never compared countries or continents on some good/bad scale as some of the commentors imply. He has explicitly stated that his criticism is mostly confined to US government actions because this is where he lives and feels qualified to talk about. He has also mentioned that we enjoy greater liberties (see his essay on the responsibility of intellectuals).

It is amusing that conservatives, who espouse a healthy distrust of government, are the ones who (no doubt motivated by opportunism) are here equating [the actions of] the government with the country itself.

Jun. 11 2009 05:29 PM
Wade from Michigan

Here's what Chomsky's said on "anti-Americanism":

"The very fact that the concept 'anti-American' can exist -- forget the way it's used -- exhibits a totalitarian streak that's pretty dramatic. That concept, anti-Americanism -- the only real counterpart to it in the modern world is anti-Sovietism. In the Soviet Union, the worst crime was to be anti-Soviet. That's the hallmark of a totalitarian society, to have concepts like anti-Sovietism or anti-Americanism. Here it's considered quite natural. Books on anti-Americanism, by people who are basically Stalinist clones, are highly respected. That's true of Anglo-American societies, which are strikingly the more democratic societies. I think there's a correlation there...As freedom grows, the need to coerce and control opinion also grows if you want to prevent the great beast [the general population] from doing something with its freedom...."

I happen to agree with him here, It is nothing but a propaganda device which has no merit to thinking people. It is, as I said earlier, infantile.

Jun. 10 2009 09:24 AM
jrb from nyc


Nah, not anti-american. He's cranky, pompous, gets offended if you disagree with him, doesn't often admit when he's wrong- and how exactly does that differ from most other people you know? He's an intellectual, probably has asbergers, holds extreme opinions, publishes prolifically. Makes it easy to nitpick framings and cherry pick narratives.

But the broad swath of his work diagnosing and documenting power dynamics and abuses- it's invaluable. If there is still a world culture 500 years from now, still readers and writers and thinkers, the bulk of his work on power and corruption will have an important place.

And look, most of it just centers around describing how the world looks if you apply the golden rule. Doesn't make him right. But doesn't make him anti-american.

My recommendation: be a little less sensitive. If something makes you angry, take a second listen. Sometimes that's a signal there's something to learn.

Jun. 10 2009 01:47 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

hjs,

I think Hitler and Hamas were elected with votes. Just to let you know sweety.

Wade,

Chomsky is Anti-American. Saying otherwise is delusional and infantile. Take care honey.

Jun. 09 2009 05:17 PM
Wade from Michigan

Most of what I'm seeing here is a lot of unsubstantiated slander against Chomsky -- much of which has been thoroughly debunked.
For example, stating that he supported Pol Pot. No he didn't. Nor am I aware of his supporting South American dictators. Perhaps that's a reference to Hugo Chavez picking up Chomsky's book at the UN, but that's something Chomsky himself is not responsible for. And, frankly, the use of the term "anti-American" thing is infantile. It's nothing but intellectual cowardice to pretend your country of origin is above criticism. In fact, all positions of authority should be critically examined.

And it's not "delusional" to say that anti-Semitism is a decreasing problem in the United States, as I said. Yes, people can say and do racist things, but there is no reason to believe such instances are on the increase. If anything this trend is reversing.

Jun. 09 2009 02:43 PM
hjs from 11211

Peter
thanks for respecting my view. but still, if there was a vote i think u would not win. sorry be the bearer of bad news, honey.

Jun. 09 2009 02:02 PM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

#55 sounds like Stalinist Russia, Castro's Cuba or Kim Jong Ill's Neverland North Korea

Whatever Chomsky and I say = fact

All criticisms of Chomsky = opinion

We all read 1984 too, so perhaps (&this is just my opinion, lol) you should get a hold of yourself.

Jun. 09 2009 12:53 PM
Peter from Sunset Park

Zak,

I meant to add, thanks for sharing your views sweety.

hjs,

I meant to add, while I disagree with you, I value your input. Thanks sugar.

Jun. 09 2009 12:42 PM
Peter from Sunset Park

Zak,

Unfortunately, I have read a lot of Chomsky. The down side of a liberal arts education and taking Middle East history classes. Saying I haven't read Chomsky is delusional of you, in fact, you are lying. Please stop lying.

Jun. 09 2009 12:40 PM
Peter from Sunset Park

hjs,

thanks for your comments sugar. But I think you are delusional. Now, that is only my humble opinion, so don't be offended.

Jun. 09 2009 12:38 PM
Enrique from Elizabeth, NJ

WHAT EVER Chomsky says, won't represent an OPINION. Me saying this isn't an opinion either.
BUT THE FACTS (the truth) HUUUURRTSSS SO MUCH. Most commentators above -and below- feel so impotent to the reality of facts, that they don't look for them. Instead, they replace them with their opinions -which are only that; opinions with no background of true information-. ...and not even their opions are the ones they spilled. But, the fabricated opinion of someone they heard or read. Get a hold of yourselves.

Jun. 09 2009 12:24 PM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

At least Chomsky is laughing all the way to the bank - unlike many of his his poor & naive worshipers.

One of the most persistent themes in Noam Chomsky’s work has been class warfare. He has frequently lashed out against the “massive use of tax havens to shift the burden to the general population and away from the rich” and criticized the concentration of wealth in “trusts” by the wealthiest 1 percent. The American tax code is rigged with “complicated devices for ensuring that the poor—like 80 percent of the population—pay off the rich.”

But trusts can’t be all bad. After all, Chomsky, with a net worth north of $2,000,000, decided to create one for himself. A few years back he went to Boston’s venerable white-shoe law firm, Palmer and Dodge, and, with the help of a tax attorney specializing in “income-tax planning,” set up an irrevocable trust to protect his assets from Uncle Sam. He named his tax attorney (every socialist radical needs one!) and a daughter as trustees. To the Diane Chomsky Irrevocable Trust (named for another daughter) he has assigned the copyright of several of his books, including multiple international editions.

Chomsky favors the estate tax and massive income redistribution—just not the redistribution of his income. No reason to let radical politics get in the way of sound estate planning.

Jun. 09 2009 12:18 PM
David Hume from Staten Island, NY

Wow, you had Chomsky on today. Good thing for pod casts. Great guest.

I expect a lot from Chomsky and Mr Peabody award, so I guess it did seem a bit short.

Dave

Jun. 09 2009 12:16 PM
kai from NJ-NYC

No one has all the correct answers or holds true on all the right talking points. Truth be told, Cambodian and Chinese governments have done terrible things, but so to have the U.S. and Israel. That doesn't mean that there is a moral equivalency between these governments, yet it means that virtually all sides in any situation have deep flaws and faults.

Let me repeat: That doesn't mean that there is a moral equivalency between these governments, yet it means that virtually all sides in any situation have deep flaws and faults.

So those that believe that Chomsky has no valid points or that he is inerrant in his analysis are both wrong. To think that the U.S. hasn't meddled in internal affairs of countries in Latin America, the Middle and Far East must also think that the USSR was giving benign assistance to the countries of the Eastern Bloc.

Jun. 09 2009 11:54 AM
hjs from 11211

oh peter,
typical, first u play the victim then you start with the personal attacks. guess u don't have much else to say. open your mind.

Jun. 09 2009 11:42 AM
Zak from Washington Heights

Peter from Sunset Park, once you defend your arguments with anything other than ADL talking points that vilify Chomsky, I might take your side seriously. Chomsky is not without fault, I don't agree with him on everything, but I stand comfortable in my opinion that you've never read Chomsky, you've just read what David Horowitz has written about Chomsky. Read your primary sources, honey-bunch.

Jun. 09 2009 11:37 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Brian and Brian’s Producers,

How can you have a guy like Chomsky on and forget to mention his years and years of Jewish hate speech? You would never have a renowned racist on your show and forget to mention that he is a racist. Not sure why you let Chomsky off the hook. Anyway, have a good day honeys.

Jun. 09 2009 11:36 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Katherine,

It is my opinion that you are delusional. Mr. Chomsky is not a great thinker. He plays “intellectual” games to support those who do evil. In Mr. Chomsky’s upside down world, genocide is good and the United States and Israel are bad.

Take care sweety.

Jun. 09 2009 11:30 AM
WNYC supporter also

Katherine Jackson from NYC --

1. He is speaking Friday night at a Manhattan Church, all those interested in hearing the guest can get their fill no doubt, and meet plenty of other members of this choir.

2.WBAI, 91.5, often features long-form interviews with people like Mr. Chomsky.

3. I agree that either no interview or a longer interview, supported by lots of well-researched questions or intelligent listeners, would have been more appropriate but it sounded like the show owed him or the fund he is raising money for a favor, that's why he was on, either that or simple naivete. Whataya gunna do.

Jun. 09 2009 11:29 AM
Jacob from Staten Island

WNYC should go down!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun. 09 2009 11:28 AM
Karen from Westchester

The United States refusal to vote against France after WWII at the Geneva Accords, allowing them to return to enslave the Vietnamese people - after we had promised to support the rebels like Ho Chi Minh, who had helped our State Dept men in SE Asia during WWII, was the beginning of our slow steady slide into political expediency over morality. The Vietnamese overthrowing the Khmer Rouge probably was more righteous than anything the U.S. has done. The real tragedy is the deception that is ongoing - if all the above critics had a solid education in U.S. history, their wrath could be used constructively in a real democracratic republic.

Jun. 09 2009 11:28 AM
Jacob from Staten Island

Brian,

Why don't you give the same time to Rush Shawn you are losing your credibility

Shame on you to give credence to such ..........

Jun. 09 2009 11:27 AM
Katherine Jackson from NYC

Brian, as someone who just pledged $100 to WNYC because it is what I consider the one news source in the major media that allows for in depth exploration of ideas, and is willing to open up the airwaves to other than the two-sides-of-every-story mindset that woefully cramps political discourse in this country, I was deeply disappointed with your interview with Noam Chomsky. This man is one of the most significant political thinkers of the last 50 years. Whether one agrees with him or not, one cannot dispute the depth of his analyses and the vast research that has gone into them. HIS VIEWS NEED TO BE HEARD! And the complexity of his thought simply cannot be compressed into a 20 minute segment, replete with your frequent warnings that "we only have [blank] minutes." Our (I mean all of us) have so diminished an understanding of our own history, and in our political thinking, that we are held captive by the narrow, politically expedient views and policies of large scale, corporate media. WNYC makes the argument that it is supported by its listeners and thus not beholden to the same commercial forces as corporate media, and the forces that govern its editorial decisions. But it's very hard to see that reflected in so inadequate interview such as that with Chomsky!

Jun. 09 2009 11:20 AM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

#37 - I forgot

KHMER ROUGE - GOOD
NORTH VIETNAMESE - GOOD
NORTH KOREA - GOOD

Chomsky has been pitching "you're either with us or against us" way before Bush ever divided the world in black & white.

Just that for Chomsky, the US is not the U.S. or even the West.

Jun. 09 2009 11:18 AM
Robin from Nova Scotia

Thank you for having Noam Chomsky on your show.

His commitment to thinking critically about our western democratic political system and his refusal to accept comforting illusions as political reality (no matter who he makes uncomfortable and angry) has had a major influence on many of us who can only hope to emulate his commitment to true democratic values (those that benefit the community rather than selected individuals).

Every time I hear Chomsky talk, I learn something new, or I think about the world in a way I hadn't before. I feel challenged and thoughtful. This is what makes his voice so valuable, especially in a media environment that views intelligent political discourse as a "wrestling match" (Obama's phrase) between the extreme right and the centre.

Jun. 09 2009 11:18 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Correction:

Europe BAD
America WORSE
Israel WORST
Chavez Good
Castro Better
Iran Best
Hamas Next to God.

Jun. 09 2009 11:17 AM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

Obama's Cairo speech included a number of distortions of history, fact and some moral equivalence that Bush would have never included.

So Chomsky is being characteristically obtuse when he limits the difference to tone.

But then, facts were never Chomsky's strong point.

Chomsky's whole career as an idealogue has been about the tone over substance...so his criticism of Obama's speech is very much a piece of his warped neo-propaganda thinking.

Jun. 09 2009 11:15 AM
Another 1

31 - I agree. After 40 years, that's quite the legacy.

Jun. 09 2009 11:14 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Kamal,

You are my new favorite BLS listener. No joke!

"The World According to Chomsky

America = BAD

Europe = BAD

ISRAEL = BAD

CUBA = GOOD

South American Dictatorships = GOOD"

Classic!!

Jun. 09 2009 11:10 AM
antonio from park slope

See that is one problem I have with the guys like Nader and Chomsky etc..
It's like they don't account for the layers of consequences that must be accounted for and really understood when decisions are made. For example, the prior administration made some decisions in regards to torture, detainees etc.
The Obama administration has to THROUGHLY unpack all of this and understand what was past and what will be coda..

Jun. 09 2009 11:09 AM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

#29 Perhaps Adam Yahiye Gadahn can take Chomsky's place.

Jun. 09 2009 11:08 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

to 29 Said and now him

Who will take Chomsky's place? Ahmadinejad, if he is reelected next week.

Jun. 09 2009 11:08 AM
Tonky from brooklyn

Noam,

I greatly respect your work.

However, for you to claim that Obama's tone during his Cairo speech is separable from the content is false.

Tone is part of the content.

Jun. 09 2009 11:07 AM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

#27 - Have you actually ever read anything Chomsky wrote about SE Asia?

If you did, your opinions would show it.

Chomsky was the Pol Pot regime’s "most prestigious and most persistent Western apologist." His moral perspective is completely one-sided. No matter how great the crimes of the regimes he has favored, such as China, Vietnam, and Cambodia under the communists, Chomsky has never demanded their leaders be captured and tried for war crimes. Instead, he has defended these regimes for many years to the best of his ability through the use of evidence he must have realized was selective, deceptive, and in some cases invented.

In more recent books Chomsky has written that the 1979 Vietnamese intervention which overthrew the Khmer Rouge government was morally superior to anything that the U.S. has done in several decades.

Jun. 09 2009 11:06 AM
Zak from Washington Heights

Chomsky's legacy as an intellectual is unprecedented: he's the only scholar I know that individual's can form a vehement position about without having to first read or listen to his work. It's okay to pepper him with ad hominem attacks, apparently, without having ever read his work. His scholarship must just penetrate through the ether so that his detractors need not even inconvenience themselves but cracking open a book.

Jun. 09 2009 11:05 AM
Ira from Broooklyn

Wonderful guest Brian, despite some antagonists on this post!!

Jun. 09 2009 11:04 AM
Said and now him

Hmm. Who will take his place?

Jun. 09 2009 11:03 AM
Jesso from White Plains

I cannot believe that Brian has Chomsky without ANY RESPONSE! The man, by any measure, lacks any credibility on political issues. What is the point of this? Giving him another platform to spew his delusional conspiracy theories?

Chomsky, stick to linguistics. Although, I suppose, you've been riding that single intellectual accomplishment for what, 30 years now?

Jun. 09 2009 11:03 AM
Karen from Westchester

none of the above critics have a clue to the inside story of what happened under Kennedy and Johnson in SE Asia - obviously.
If you all did, your opinions would show it.

Jun. 09 2009 11:00 AM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

#24 Chomsky is a doggy treat.

ruff, ruff

Jun. 09 2009 10:59 AM
Seth from Upper West Side

I thought this would be an engaging discussion...but...what does it all matter? I mean, get a life. Live your life. This is Rush Limbaugh of the left. What does this guy actually DO? Another Ivory Tower blowhard. Just fade away old man. Nothing will ever satisfy this type of person, then he'd be out of a job, what ever that is.

Jun. 09 2009 10:59 AM
hjs from 11211

Chomsky is a treat. thanks BL

Jun. 09 2009 10:57 AM
Karen from Westchester

thank you Dr. Chomsky for telling it like it was, particularly the relevance of our support of France against the IndoChinese people

Jun. 09 2009 10:57 AM
Independent Observer

Audio-quality is quite poor.

Could Prof. Chomsky be politely asked to breath less into the telephone?

Jun. 09 2009 10:55 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I despise Chomsky and whatever it is he stands for, and even his scratchy voice has the effect on my spine of chalk scratching on blackboard. The man is a faker and a fraud, and anyone who follows him are intellectually akin to those who financially invested in Madoff. Chomsky is an unrepentant intellectual ponzi scheme.

Jun. 09 2009 10:54 AM
Karen from Westchester

58,000 men died in Viet Nam for no good reason.
It is the key defining history of how the United States became what it is now.
It is a tough cookie that our country has never swallowed. Amazing how ignorance of this history has been maintained.

Jun. 09 2009 10:53 AM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

The World According to Chomsky

America = BAD
Europe = BAD
ISRAEL = BAD
CUBA = GOOD
South American Dictatorships = GOOD
Arab Tyranies = GOOD

Jun. 09 2009 10:52 AM
Brian from Greenpoint

Mary from SI,

You've got plenty of opportunities to hear the other side, both on the BL Show, and on TV. In fact, we already heard from Kirsten Gillibrand this morning.

Jun. 09 2009 10:52 AM
antonio from park slope

Can you ask what Mr. Chomsky thinks of this?
The american left is generall thought of bringing about civil-rights, environmentalism, human-rights etc. Basically, what does it say about the american right from a humanist perspective if all they ever bring to the table is "the ownership society, tax-cuts and xenophobia" and are really becoming the party of the angry white male?

Jun. 09 2009 10:52 AM
Bynthia from UES

Now isn't it interesting that WNYC refuses to let Professor Chompsky and his colleagues replace Brian Lehrer, Leonard Lopate or others, so the listeners can get a balanced report on the interesting Jewish influence.

Jun. 09 2009 10:50 AM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

The amount of anti-Chomsky material disproving his basic anti-American power facts & theories is vast.

Don't take anything Chomsky says as fact - despite his calm, confident, presentation.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Noam_Chomsky - Cached - Similar pages
www.antichomsky.blogspot.com/

The Sick Mind of Noam Chomsky
For forty years, Noam Chomsky has turned out book after book.

www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=1020 - Cached - Similar pages

Jun. 09 2009 10:49 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Cynthia,

Trust me, the BLS censors and thought police have been out in full force on all topics. Up until about a month ago or so, they routinely deleted my comments from a wide range of threads. But I have noticed a clear moderation change over the past month or so. I dare say, they seem to be fighting their knee-jerk liberal deletions of most of my comments. So your remarks regarding the moderation of Jewish topics are, in my humble opinion, delusional. Perhaps you are lying to yourself?

Take care honey.

Jun. 09 2009 10:21 AM
cloudy from springfield ma

It would be great to have a FULL hour devoted to Chomsky, including questions by telephone

I would like to know how much attention he has been paying to the more urgent projections about the Greenhouse Effect in the near to medium term by Jim Hansen, and how that shifts discussion of the issue even as framed by the Democrats in Congress and the White House, as well as most activists, like the 1SkyCoalition and the PowerShift folk

Jun. 09 2009 10:09 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Cynthia,

In my opinion, your comments are delusional. Several important polls over the years have revealed some startling trends. A majority or large minority of many Arabs and Muslims polled (depending on the country) since 9/11 have revealed that it is commonly believed that Jews blew up the World Trade Center. It seems that as a trend, many within the world’s largest religion have no problem blaming Jews for attacks that were clearly carried out by Arabs and Muslims.

At an Arab school only about ten blocks from where I work, American born high school girls have said on 60 minutes that when they grow up they would like to be suicide bombers to kill Jews. Pretty sick stuff.

Jun. 09 2009 10:05 AM
Kenny - Interesting ! from Manhattan

Let's play Chomsky Bingo!
Look for Chomsky's heavy sarcasm and the gently and ironicly used word "interesting" whenever he introduces his pseudo facts. Count them and you'll see.

It's good guys vs. bad guys time. And for Chomsky the US and the west are always the bad guys!

Jun. 09 2009 10:00 AM
Cynthia from UES

My freind made a bet with me that the BL moderator would apear soon due to Jewish comments posted, She informed me that the moderator almost never appeares for other groups especially Black and Latino discussions, racial/ derogatory remarks are never monitored for those groups!

I lost the bet, she was right !!

Very interesting.

Jun. 09 2009 09:53 AM
Mary from Staten Island

You are going to have a renowned anti- American personality such as Chomsky on the show and shower him with respect and adulation.

Can you seek some counterbalance in a future show with a famous guest that is pro American? Any right wing talk show will do fine. Pull that off if you can!
Then we'll know WNYC is unbiased.
Mary

Jun. 09 2009 09:48 AM
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Jun. 09 2009 09:44 AM
Cynthia from UES

I agree with wade, Jews need to stop playing the victim card and move on already !!

We are in a post, post Semitic stage in this country...!

Jun. 09 2009 09:38 AM
George from Kips Bay

Brian,
Many listeners do not share the view that Noam Chomsky is worthy of any respect.
We disagree with his assertions such as that
US foreign policy during the Cold War, supposedly based on opposing the Soviet Union and promoting democracy, was in reality been aimed primarily at serving the economic interests of the American elite. Given the successes we have had in breaking up the Old USSR and winning the cold war, what does Chomsky think now? Probably does not matter much to an old salt such as Chomsky...his bitter sarcasm and cherry picking of facts self serves rather than informs. Radical idealogues such as he rarely repent from their extremist views. Thank heavens he is a rarity.
George

Jun. 09 2009 09:37 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Wade,

From my perspective, your comments come across as delusional. Anti-Semitism, like racism, is a huge problem. Many students have told me over the years that Jewish people “drink the blood of babies” and “kill Arab children.” And don’t get me wrong, they are great kids, but are simply repeating what they hear at home.

Just yesterday I was playing poker and several times after I won a hand, people would say things like, "He plays like a Jew" and "He Jewed us." Such language is tolerated by most.

Thanks for sharing sweety, but you are really out of touch.

Jun. 09 2009 09:30 AM
Jamie from Staten Island

It seems the fashion of lately, for Liberal media personalities to juxtapose themselves from the liberal label, Often done when given the opportunity, by confronting Noam Chomsky, in an derogatory attempt at the appearance of balance and non-favoritism.

We can only hope Brian does not have the need to prove himself in this way !!

Jun. 09 2009 09:25 AM
Wade from Michigan

Well, Chomsky does tend to generalize a lot, which is what he did here. But he is right that anti-Semitism is no longer a major problem here in the United States. Does it exist? Certainly, but so do many other prejudices -- often ones that rarely get addressed.

Jun. 09 2009 09:17 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Brian,

Mr. Chomsky has said, “Anti-Semitism is no longer a problem, fortunately. It’s raised, but it’s raised because privileged people want to make sure they have total control, not just 98% control.”

Please ask Mr. Chomsky about his contention that Anti-Semitism doesn’t exist and is only discussed by Jews who wish to keep some fictional stranglehold on power.

It is routinely researched and reported that Anti-Semitism is an increasing problem. For example, Haaretz reported in 2009, “A recent survey conducted by the Anti-Defamation League found that anti-Semitic attitudes in seven European countries have worsened due to the global financial crisis and Israel's military actions against the Palestinians. Some 31 percent of adults polled blame Jews in the financial industry for the economic meltdown, while 58 percent of respondents admitted that their opinion of Jews has worsened due to their criticism of Israel.The ADL, a Jewish-American organization polled 3,500 adults - 500 each in Austria, France, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom - between December 1, 2008 and January 13, 2009. According to the survey, 40 percent of polled Europeans believe that Jews have an over-abundance of power in the business world. More than half of the respondents in Hungary, Spain and Poland agreed with this statement…”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1063092.html

Lots of good questions to ask Mr. Chomsky sweety.

Jun. 09 2009 08:32 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Brian,

Mr. Chomsky has said, “By now Jews in the US are the most privileged and influential part of the population.” Does Mr. Chomsky still believe that Jews are ruling the United States?

Thanks honey.

Jun. 09 2009 08:19 AM

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