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Noam Chomsky, and Western Leftists, Were Always Feeble Cowards

Recently I came across a short clip of Noam Chomsky (on Twitter) where he was extolling the virtues of “voluntary” segregation of the “vaccinated” from the “unvaccinated”. The responses to that clip ranged from pity for how senile Chomsky looked in it to jokes about all academic leftists are ultimately shills for the status quo. And let us be honest, he is not alone among academic leftists in his peculiar support for vaccine passports and other bullshit. The neoliberal performance artist who masquerading as a brave philosopher aka Žižek has expressed similar views on that subject. So what is happening.. has the COVID-19 pandemic made cowards of academic leftists? As it turns out, I have a different opinion on this topic for many years and it can be summarized as follows: academic western leftists have always been sad boot-licking cowards with no impact on events in real life.

Academic leftists have two main roles in western countries. Firstly, they help provide the shoddy illusion of ideological diversity in those societies. That is precisely why somebody like Chomsky was comfortably employed at Berkeley and other “liberal” universities for decades. Let us get real for a moment.. would somebody whose existence or work was a real threat to the people and institutions running this country be comfortably employed at a “prestigious” university? Which brings us the other role played by boot-lickers such as Chomsky and Žižek in western societies- helping prevent any movement for real change. That is why these boot-lickers spent all their time talking and writing about “consent is manufactured” rather than do anything to actually destroy the system which is exploiting the majority.

To understand what I am talking about, let us quickly go over a short list of people who have actually changed the world in past 100 years- for better or worse.

Regardless of what you think about Hitler, his actions resulted in the most significant global changes within past 100 years (directly and indirectly). Whether you like it or not, his effect on the course of history over past century makes the impact of fat losers such as Churchill or wheelchair-bound Roosevelt seem insignificant. Let me remind you that if WW2 had not occurred in the manner it did, a lot of the modern world including its associated technology and social changes would not have exist today. The map of the world would have also looked very different from what it looks now. All of which brings us to the question- what aspect of Hitler’s personality was most responsible for his ability to change the world forever (including in ways contrary to his wishes). For starters.. Hitler was not a boot-licking academic cosplaying as a radical. He actually believed in a lot of what he wanted to implement.

Then there is the fact that Hitler, for all his highly problematic beliefs, was not a simpering coward. During WW1 he distinguished himself as a brave solider who volunteered for some of the riskiest jobs on the frontlines. He was almost killed more than a few times and twice decorated for bravery. Ironically the superior who recommended him for one of those two decorations, Hugo Gutmann, was Jewish. He also survived multiple assignation attempts once he came to power. My point is that, despite the horrendous beliefs motivating his worldview, Hitler (unlike Chomsky, Žižek or any other academic leftist) was not a coward. He was actually willing to risk it all for spreading his worldview, however twisted it may have been. Can you say the same about any “leftist” academic shill trying to sell books, lecture tickets etc.

The second most consequential man of past 100 years, Stalin, was always not a coward. A good part of his early adulthood was spent organizing and stirring up real protests against Tsarist authorities. For this he was arrested and sentenced to three years exile in Siberia. After 1905 he was involved in setting up and running many informal armed squads that stole from the Tsarist government and ran protection rackets on large local businesses. More pertinently, he was personally involved in organizing many of the large robberies, running protection rackets, money counterfeiting stuff and kidnappings. After his next arrested in 1908 and being exiled, he managed to escape again and was rearrested and exiled a couple more times. My point is that Stalin took a lot of real risks in his life and was not a cosplaying academic sophist and bootlicker like Chomsky and Žižek.

The same is true Of Lenin and Trotsky. Let me remind you that Lenin’s older brother was executed for plotting against the Tsar. This did not stop him from also becoming a political radical and activist who was imprisoned and exiled for a few year to Siberia and then expelled from Tsarist Russia. Oh.. and after the October revolution, he survived two assassination attempts and was the leader of then nascent USSR during the very bloody civil war. Trotsky, even though came from a fairly rich family, went down the revolutionary path and was arrested and exiled multiple times before the October 1917 revolution. Then there is his controversial role during the Russian civil war. To summarize, neither Lenin or Trotsky were phony public intellectuals and bootlickers like Chomsky and Žižek.

Tito, was also, not a coward. In fact his life story is more fascinating than many movie scripts. The guy survived impalement though his chest, pneumonia, typhus, influenza during WW1- and he escaped from POW camps. After WW1 he organized agitations in then Yugoslavia, was arrested, imprisoned, escaped to USSR, then came back to Yugoslavia when it was invaded by Nazis during WW2, led a successful armed resistance movement, became its leader after WW2, had a public split with Stalin, survived multiple attempts by Stalin to have him assassinated, outlived him by decades and hen died at the old age of 87 in 1980. And this is the life-story of someone who had a real impact on the world around him.. unlike some cowardly careerist academic teaching leftist theory at some allegedly “prestigious” university.

In case you think my examples are too Eurocentric, have a look the early lives of Mao, Kim Il-sung and Ho Chi Minh. Regardless of whether you agree with their worldview and actions, it is indisputable that they did change the world around them. Oddly enough.. none of them or anybody who actually had a big impact on the world was a “credentialed public intellectual”. To reiterate, careerist bootlickers who are employed by “prestigious” universities should always be the object of public mockery and derision. They are nothing more than cowardly cosplaying clowns and should always be treated as such.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. bonzo
    September 6, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    You know what takes real courage? Cutting your dick off and beginning a woman, like this brave young person from AD’s ancestral country (which has always been a world leader in such manifestations of courage, I should note):

    https://us.yahoo.com/news/india-jewellery-ad-starring-trans-235101980.html

  2. MikeCA
    September 7, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    What? You think Chomsky should have fought in the Spanish Civil war or something?

    I have it on good authority that Vladimir Putin also did not fight in the Spanish Civil war, in WW II or in Afghanistan.

    Note: Chomsky was less than 10 years old at the time of the Spanish Civil war and was only 16 in 1945 when WW II ended. Putin was born in 1952, long after the Spanish Civil war and WW II.

  3. Arjun
    September 7, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    I wouldn’t dare suggest what you write about *wink* *wink* -but I think you’ll find this interesting

  4. Prolonged shit show
    September 8, 2021 at 4:32 am

    Is there any way to contact you privately and get your Twitter handle? Or, just post it here? I’d like to see your follows.

    Here is one Twitter handle.. https://twitter.com/Pharmaheretic

  5. September 8, 2021 at 10:27 am

    As I’ve mentioned in at least one of my comments on this site through the past few years, after my now-65-years of observations and analyses of history, I conclude that, to effect substantial and immediate societal/governmental change (the negative or positive value of a change being, of course, a matter of opinion and perspective), pain, violence, and bloodshed are almost always necessary.

    However, I’ve never felt my conclusion about our human need for violence as the tool for change to be anything other than tragic if not pathetic.

    Hitler, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Mao, and Kim Ill-Sung, and to a lesser extent, Tito and Ho Chi Minh, effected and maintained change at the deliberate cost of human suffering and piles of human bodies. The Noam Chomsky’s of history may be practicably impotent to effect significant change, but at least they haven’t deliberately, knowingly paved trails of human suffering and blood.

    Which is the lesser evil? The “risk-takers” whose risk-taking amounts to “maiming and killing hundreds and more of others in order to achieve what the risk-takers personally decide is right”? Or, the so-called “cowards” whose active harm in practice goes no farther than their arm-chair preaching?

  6. Kalladonia
    September 8, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Took intellectuals to give them the ideas they read about.

    • doldrom
      September 9, 2021 at 7:18 am

      Agree. Many of the people that are most passionate about certain ideas or conceptions are entirely unphilosophical — any discussion is futile, when you KNOW the answer.

  7. bonzo
    September 12, 2021 at 5:24 am

    For some reason, Yahoo is no longer feeding me heart-warming news about the transition process, chest feeding, etc. Instead, I got this, about how Theranos board of directors included former Secretary of Defense Mattis, former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz, and other national security eminences. Wow! How easily old men are beguiled by a pretty face.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/did-theranos-lose-afghanistan-123914937.html

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