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Obama, Chomsky and The Virtual Revolution

February 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Chomsky: Only a Massive Uprising Will Change Our Politics

Chomsky is revealing here, beyond the radical sounding title, of a strange inertia, or paralysis. Not surprising!. Let me say at once that his stance is both understandable, and, so to speak, incomprehensilble. It is a view I tend to share, …and yet. But I fear we are at the end of the line with corrupt American politics.
He is asked about voting for Obama and bites the bullet. If that is your feeling, then go for it, and read the whole article. But this is perfect point to introduce my idea of The Virtual Revolution. You can agree with Chomsky, and disagree, and we need to start considering the potential, virtual, possibilities here, since is it is obvious that Obama is a lost cause, at least to me.
Something is seriously wrong here, and I won’t fault Chomsky, only point to the success of the triangulation game used to intimidate liberals into supporting Obama even as he betrays his liberal friends. I think that the advice given by Chomsky is the same advice I got in 2008 and followed, with what result? A man who talked a good game, promised to shut down Guantanamo, and deal with the Bush legacy, e.g. stop torture, actually sold all that down the river, one suspects diliberately, lying all the way through, to the moment two plus years later when Gates can sound the all clear and declare the Guantanamo issue resolved for the moment.
Wasn’t this deliberate deception, based on contempt of his liberal base?

The point of The Virtual Revolution is that we must start thinking about how to deal with ‘not voiting for Obama’, and starting an initiative beyond the clearly manipulations designed to move right using the blackmailed support of scared liberals. This is Rahm Emmanual and Bill Clinton in the background, and look at the Clinton legacy: the massive unemployment due to Nafto is his doing, after he cleverly keep his liberal base in thrall.
We need to see that the possibility is now real that American politics is dead, and that there are no options, as a democratic president turns out to be a fake.
We need to begin a ‘third way’ beyond the current fascist triangulation this is now cancerating the last options with liberal democrats. As more and more goes, we will end up helpless.
Time to start now to at least consider the option of a new American Revolution.

JUAN GONZALEZ: I’d like to ask you—we’re obviously entering very soon a new presidential season, and for many of the progressives and liberals who had placed some much hope in the Obama administration, they’re now going to be faced with the quandary of what to do as they move into a new administration. On the one hand, they feel betrayed by many of the things the administration has done; on the other hand, they see this extreme right that is attempting to paint Obama as a socialist, as destroying the Constitution and freedom in America. And they’re going to have to figure out how they’re going to maneuver in this new reality, especially with the Citizens United case, the enormous amount of money that’s going to be poured into. Your thoughts on what progressives who are still glued to the ground and understand the reality of what’s happening in the country should be doing?

NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, my feeling—actually, I had the same feeling in 2008. I’m not disillusioned, because I didn’t have any expectations, just looking at the funding, looking at his background. Actually, I wrote about it before the primaries even. But nevertheless, you know, when I was asked in 2008, “Who should you vote for?” my own feeling was—and it will be next time—that if you’re in a swing state, you better vote against the prehistoric monsters, because they’re going to cause much more trouble. Well, in our system, the only choice you have would be to vote for Obama. Hold your nose and vote, but don’t expect anything.

Just take a look at where he’s coming from, where his funding is coming from. Over a long period, like a century, you can pretty well predict policies by just looking at concentration of campaign funding. Thomas Ferguson, very outstanding political scientist, has done the main work on this, and it’s convincing. So, when you find that the core of the funding is the financial institutions, you can pretty well expect that the major policies will be to reward them. Yeah, OK, it’s pretty much what happened. You shouldn’t be disillusioned. But if you have to make a choice between that and, you know, Newt Gingrich, well, OK, you have to make that choice. Don’t expect anything.

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