[Marxism] Chomsky in context

Manuel Barrera mtomas3 at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 31 13:22:40 MDT 2010

sorry again, this time it was a internet traffic problem:
The explication of Chomsky's thinking on "long term strategy" as described by his stages theory of advocacy (at UNESCO via Kfoury) seems ambiguous at the least. It sounds reasonable, but I am reminded of the "reasonableness" of the Democratic Party and it defenders like the Jesse Jacksons, Communist Party, and Socialist Party, as well as the "eloquent" defender of long term strategizing, Barack Obama. All of these council have a "long view" of doing what we can now and, it is hoped, working toward something greater tomorrow. It just so happens that tomorrow always comes but the "something greater" never does.

Perhaps Chomsky is just tripping over his long view, intellectual pursuits, and activism (an analytical view). Or, perhaps he is angling to engage in his own form of shuttle diplomacy like every other politician, albeit an academic politician (a cynical view). Or, simply he just can't be totally comprehended by his words alone, but his heart is in the right place, so, we should afford him the respect of his contribution (a solidarity view that I prefer and would like to hold). What Noam Chomsky *says* is open to much interpretation. All the expected proponents (like Kfoury) and opponents are doing just that. 

In any case, professor Chomsky's contributions and (clearly, well, more clearly explained) views on the range of "tools" in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination (and in other areas) are an important part of the "voice" that is needed. If he is true to his intent (at least as how Kfoury and others see it), then the historical record will speak for itself. . . But then so it is for the rest of us.

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