Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute. He is a professor of Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, and Contracts at the National Paralegal College, a counselor at the American College of Education, and a founding board member of Salt and Light Global. Washington is a co-host of "Joshua's Trial," a radio show of Christian conservative thought. A graduate of JohnMore ↓Less ↑
Chomsky is required reading for the world’s tyrants. Ask Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (2006)
For years I have followed the controversial career of Noam Chomsky, MIT professor of Linguistics and prolific writer on political philosophy. A self-described “libertarian socialist,” in my view an oxymoronic political philosophy, he summarizes as challenging all forms of authority and attempting to eliminate them if they are unjustified – for which the burden of proof is solely upon those who attempt to exert power.
Fifty years since publishing his work on transformational grammar, “Syntactic Structures” (1957), Chomsky is viewed as a demigod among the progressive left and a demagogue to the conservative right. According to reconstructed ’60s radical David Horowitz’s definitive article on Chomsky, this MIT professor is the patron saint of “the legions of ’60s radicals who have entrenched themselves in American universities to indoctrinate students in their anti-American creeds. The New York Times calls Chomsky ‘arguably the most important intellectual alive,’ and Rolling Stone – which otherwise does not even acknowledge the realm of the mind – ‘one of the most respected and influential intellectuals in the world.’”
His pioneering work in linguistics notwithstanding, what makes Chomsky such a beloved figure to Democrats, utopian socialists and liberal pseudo-intellectuals is that he utterly delights in spewing anti-American, anti-Semitic and pro-socialist rhetoric at every opportunity.
You might say, “Ellis, but isn’t Chomsky Jewish?” Yes, but in name only, for even Chomsky had to admit in his “Chomsky Reader” that his definition of Zionism (pre-1948) would amount to anti-Zionism. Like many Jewish leftists, including Emma Goldman, Daniel Barenboim, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, Rahm Emmanuel, David Axelrod and socialist billionaire George Soros, their Jewish identity is merely an accident of nature and plays no important role in dictating their spiritual or political life. Therefore, Chomsky believes in an immediate end to “Jewish settlements” and in the creation of an independent Palestinian state despite most serious Middle East experts like Dr. Daniel Pipes holding that such views would assure the demise of the state of Israel.
History to Chomsky is all relative; it is written by the winners and biased against non-whites and Third World countries. This sophistic idea is evident in this rant by Chomsky: “Legally speaking, there’s a very solid case for impeaching every American president since the Second World War. They’ve all been either outright war criminals or involved in serious war crimes.”
An irrational hatred of America is one of the sacred canons of the socialist left, which Chomsky repeatedly demonstrates in his writings: “What America really wants is to steal from the poor and give to the rich. America’s crusade against Communism was actually a crusade; to protect our doctrine that the rich should plunder the poor. That is why we busied ourselves in launching a new crusade against terrorism after the end of the Cold War.”
Is America fearful of the achievements of Third World countries, as Chomsky believes, and to this day plots against their success? Chomsky has literally written dozens of volumes claiming that those who threaten to succeed like the Marxist governments of Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, or the Muslim terrorist states of Iran and Syria, America regards as viruses. “Except for a few madmen and nitwits, none feared [Communist] conquest – they were afraid of a positive example of successful development,” Chomsky rants. “What do you do when you have a virus? First you destroy it, then you inoculate potential victims, so that the disease does not spread. That’s basically the U.S. strategy in the Third World.”
When Chomsky characterizes the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan as “the wanton killing of innocent civilians” and “terrorism, not a war against terrorism,” he ignores 9/11 and seems to contradict Justice Robert Jackson’s famous aphorism, that “the U.S. Constitution is not a suicide pact.”
What war in the history of warfare can Chomsky point to that didn’t have massive civilian casualties? No rational person wants them to happen, but it is the nature of war. And where are Chomsky’s tears and lachrymose rhetoric for his own heroic countrymen who constantly put their lives on the line to defend America’s republic, which gives him the freedom to spew his nitwit liberal ideas?
Following his absurd line of argument that since World War II condemns America as a terrorist state, Chomsky must portray the bombing of civilians in Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, which even liberal historians now admit saved millions of Allied lives and brought an earlier end to the war, as terrorist acts.
Regrettably, the treacherous and idiotic ideas of professor Chomsky have been integrated throughout the entire Obama administration, particularly in international policy. Obama, like Chomsky, believes that America has been justly tried in the court of the international community (U.N., the International Criminal Court, the Arab League, etc.) and has been found guilty. Now it’s payback time, which explains why President Obama for the past two years has zealously and purposely enacted policies designed to deconstruct America.
Horowitz sums up Chomsky’s perverted impact on America society over the past 50 years in this manner:
Schooled in these big lies, taught to see America as Greed Incarnate and a political twin of the Third Reich, why wouldn’t young people – with no historical memory – come to believe that the danger ahead lies in Washington rather than Baghdad or Kabul?
It would be easy to demonstrate how on every page of every book and in every statement that Chomsky has written the facts are twisted, the political context is distorted (and often inverted) and the historical record is systematically traduced. Every piece of evidence and every analysis is subordinated to the overweening purpose of Chomsky’s lifework, which is to justify an idée fixe – his pathological hatred of his own country.
Like Napoleon, Chomsky is a little man with big, destructive ideas, a disproportionate influence in the intellectual marketplace, and lives the remainder of his vacuous life as a pathetic, increasingly irrelevant academic without a country.