March 30, 2010
Whom Do You Trust?
Everyone seems to need a narrative of good against evil -- even people who don't believe in God or in Satan. Take Noam Chomsky, scourge of U.S. imperialism. In the lefty mockumentary The Corporation, he delicately compares corporations to slaveowners:When you look at a corporation, just like when you look at a slaveowner, you want to distinguish between the institution and the individual. So slavery, for example, or other forms of tyranny, are inherently monstrous, but the individuals participating in them may be the nicest guys you can imagine... As individuals they may be anything. In their institutional role they are monsters because the institution is monstrous.To place this in context, Noam Chomsky is discussing corporate CEOs laying off employees. In Chomsky's world, evil is a corporate layoff. Presumably, the good is symbolized by government-financed university professors fighting for peace and justice. Of course, conservatives are pushing the...(Read Full Article)