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EJ
09-24-06, 01:24 PM
Leftist Promotes Capitalist Imperialist Propaganda Publishing Machine (Humor)

by Eric Janszen - September 24, 2006

By now, everyone knows that Noam Chomsky's 2003 book "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance" shot from something like No. 220,000 to No. 1 on the Amazon.com best-seller list Friday, two days after Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez held it up during his rant at the United Nations.

The paradox is that Chomsky has for years been highly critical of the US publishing industry that in his view operates as a propaganda outlet for US imperialist interests, while the big winner of the Chávez promotion is publisher Henry Holt and Company. But that's only one of many facets of the "Chomsky Paradox (http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=5333)."


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Could be Worse


We missed our chance to have a left-wing, Latin American dictator plug our book americasbubbleeconomy at the UN last week. Maybe N. Korea's "Great Leader" Kim Il-sung will plug it at the summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement of nations being held in Havana, Cuba this weekend. But we're not holding our breath. So far, sales of the book outside the US have been to Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, among others, countries whose leaders don't reference Mark Twain, Noam Chomsky, Harry Belafonte, Abraham Lincoln, Francisco de Miranda, and John F. Kennedy all in the same rambling speech (http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1823) as Chávez did last week. Chávez also runs one of the worst managed economies (http://blogs.salon.com/0001330/2006/09/09.html#a3040) on the planet, making America's Bubble Economy look rock solid by comparison, although the US appears to be working hard to catch up.

Many of the criticisms that Chomsky levels at the US are valid, but my friends who grew up in the Soviet Union or suffered under other repressive leftist regimes that have since tumbled scratch their heads at Chomsky's lauding of dictatorships like China and Cuba as examples of nations that have achieved successful independence from US imperialism. Russell Baker once correctly noted a simple measure of the success of a country's government: more people are trying to get into the country than get out. Here the US clearly leads. A truly bad government is any that hurts its own citizens, and both China's and Cuba's fail by that measure.

As documented in the flawed yet compelling hitmanconfessions, the fact of US imperialism and evidence that America is adopting more of the tactics of repressive regimes, such as near suspension of Habeas Corpus for "war on terrah" detainees–which has both the right (http://www.thenewamerican.com/tna/2002/07-15-2002/vo18no14_suspending.htm) and the left (http://www.talkleft.com/new_archives/013079.html) up in arms–while grounds for strong protest, does not qualify overtly repressive, dictatorial regimes the model for independence from US economic exploitation. American imperialism helped create and reinforce these regimes, so it surprises me to hear how much Chomsky admires them. Specifically, without Bush, there would be no Hugo Chávez; he is as much an equal and opposite reaction to Bush as is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. These nations would not have dictators, left or right wing, without a plausible external threat of US invasion to keep them in power. US imperialism exists, but leftist dictatorships are not the answer.

I interviewed Noam Chomsky back in 1979 when I was Executive Editor of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Daily Collegian. He had just published The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism. As a young man I found Chomski to be a thoughtful critic of the US press system.

Uncle Jack
09-24-06, 04:16 PM
Is that photoshop to scale? If it is, the book is smaller than I thought.

If I send you a jpeg of my book will you photo shop some celebrities, some who have had divorces over money issues, holding my book? I sure could use the help with sales.

Not available for sale at Amazon; you can only get it at <a href="http://www.mergemoney.com">www.mergemoney.com</a>

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EJ
09-24-06, 04:41 PM
Is that photoshop to scale? If it is, the book is smaller than I thought.
Or Hugo is bigger.


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Hey, we don't get to choose who finds our books politically convenient. How's this? :D


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How to Merge Your Money for Marriage (http://www.mergemoney.com)



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Doh!

Finster
09-24-06, 05:25 PM
EJ, you are on a roll today ... :D

FRED
09-24-06, 08:06 PM
He loves it!


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N. Korea's "Great Leader" Kim Il-sung

bart
09-24-06, 11:31 PM
Let us all be thankful for iTulip... ;)



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Uncle Jack
09-25-06, 11:10 AM
EJ - Fantastic. That should do the trick!

Thanks for the help. <img src="http://www.itulip.com/forums/images/icons/icon10.gif" />

EJ
09-25-06, 05:37 PM
Let us all be thankful for iTulip... ;)



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I like it! Maybe we should change our tag line: "iTulip.com, the Stock, Bond and Real Estate Investors' Shit Creek Paddle Store."

bart
09-25-06, 07:08 PM
I like it! Maybe we should change our tag line: "iTulip.com, the Stock, Bond and Real Estate Investors' Shit Creek Paddle Store."

And the crowd goes wild (http://www.nowandfutures.com/grins/crowd_cheer.wav)... and do be careful not to get your tongue caught in your cheek, I just hate it when that happens... ;)

EJ
09-25-06, 08:08 PM
And the crowd goes wild (http://www.nowandfutures.com/grins/crowd_cheer.wav)... and do be careful not to get your tongue caught in your cheek, I just hate it when that happens... ;)

Years ago a Russian friend Boris (real name) tells me a Russian joke that goes like this.

A Frenchman, an American and a Russian find themselves stranded together on a desert island. After a week, they stumble into a cave, starving and exhausted.

They come upon an Aladdin's lamp. They rub the lamp and and a harried Aladdin appears.

"You get two wishes. No time for the usual three. Hurry up. Frenchman, you first."

The Frenchman, without hesitation, says, "First wish, send me back to Paris. Second wish, re-unite me with my love, Belle."

"Fine. Off you go." And the Frenchman disappears.

The American says, "Yeh, send me back to New York City. Uh, get me back with my girl, Carol."

"Off you go," says the Aladdin. And the American disapears.

The Russian sits and thinks.

"C'mon. What's it gonna be. I ain't got all day," says the Aladdin.

"Get me a case of vodka," he replies. A case of vodka appears. The Russian starts drinking.

"One wish left. Hurry up. You got ten seconds to make up your mind and that's it," says the Aladdin.

"I hate drinking alone," the Russian replies. "Get those other two guys back here."

They appear and the Aladdin vanishes forever.

bart
09-26-06, 05:50 PM
Years ago a Russian friend Boris (real name) tells me a Russian joke that goes like this.



Good one! :)

For some reason it reminded me of my favorite Mae West quote:

At one time I was Snow White, and then I drifted.

That probably says more about my tinfoil hat mode that anyone wants to know too... ;)