Chris Hedges‘ 4/19/10 article, titled: Noam Chomsky Has Never Seen Anything Like This, opens with the following statement, which is significant for all who seriously seek social change and a better future:
“Noam Chomsky is America’s greatest intellectual. His massive body of work, which includes nearly 100 books, has for decades deflated and exposed the lies of the power elite and the myths they perpetrate.”
Since its inception, our social system, Capitalism, has ruined billions of lives and now threatens to destroy the planet. Change is more than urgently needed. It is now a question of collective life or death.
Noam Chomsky’s comment on the following statement by Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci:
“A main obstacle to change is the reproduction by the dominating forces of elements of their hegemonic ideology. It’s an important and urgent task to develop alternative interpretations of reality”
“I respect Gramsci a lot, but I think it’s possible to paraphrase that comment, namely: Just tell the truth … try to find out the truth and tell the truth. Does that say anything different? It’s something any one of us can do.”
History has shown over and over again that telling the truth is the most dangerous and powerful act as well as the most feared by oppressors in all times. Those who dare proclaim and defend Truth to liberate humanity from oppression want to restore a commonwealth of the people governed by the people for the people. That indeed is change we must all support and that is the change that will give birth to a different world.
Noam Chomsky is the foremost representative of that human hope for real civilization.
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