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Unfiled November 15, 2001
 
Time To Bury Chomsky
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Contrast this with real radicals from the past, people of words and action, who were confident enough in their radicalism to adapt and change when paradigm-shaking events overtook them, rather than merely acting out their narrow role. There's the example of the Jewish-Italian anarcho-syndicalist Camillo Berneri, who in 1917 eagerly rushed to the front on behalf of a bourgeois regime he was trying to overthrow, writing: "There are occasions when to get oneself killed is the most logical solution, and to get oneself killed becomes a moral necessity. Cases of conscience are more terrible than Austrian bullets or asphyxiating gases." Or Paul Nizan, the most bilious of all of France's France-hating Marxist intellectuals, who volunteered for and died at the front in 1940.

Can you imagine Chomsky risking a stubbed toe or a stained tie on behalf of anything beyond a wine-and-brie gathering in Central Square?

Like George W. Bush, like so many pampered asses in America, Chomsky blew a chance to show something dynamic and interesting and instead he's hidden in the safest place of all: pre-recorded consistency. Consistency is no argument though. Jerry Falwell is consistent. So are dead people. Chomsky, like the American Left, proves that he's merely an embalmed radical on display for all the pampered trust fund pastafarians in his audience who have an uncanny ability to politely laugh on-cue, a bourgeois far more concerned about his tenure than about a good and gory fight.

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