Wednesday, July 06, 2005

"Its imperialism, stupid" Noam Chomski

In the nineteen seventies Chomski demonstrated that the human capacity for speech was fundamentally creative and could not be subjected to the kind of conditioning that Behavioural psychologists supposed to be the base of our psychological life.

For telling the truth he is public enemy number one for the corporate elite of American society.

Today he is still fighting for freedom, but less optimistically. He speaks to us about the way our language is constrained by media manipulation. Our freedom to think and speak may be innate, but it can be incredibly warped by what corporate media offers us instead of balanced and truthful information.

The Iraq war is a typical case. It shows that if you tell a big lie often enough to a receptive audience they will believe it.

"For US-UK planners, invading Iraq was a far higher priority than the 'war on terror.' That much is revealed by the reports of their own intelligence agencies. On the eve of the allied invasion, a classified report by the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community's center for strategic thinking, 'predicted that an American-led invasion of Iraq would increase support for political Islam and would result in a deeply divided Iraqi society prone to violent internal conflict,'"