[lbo-talk] Axis of Logic: Noam Chomsky and 'Left' Apologetics for Injustice in Palestine

Joseph Catron jncatron at gmail.com
Sat May 29 22:00:32 PDT 2010

"It’s particularly interesting in the case of Palestine to see where US intellectuals and progressives decide that it’s necessary to be 'realistic' and where 'principled;' where they choose to accept more or less the general media consensus about 'the boundaries of acceptable discourse' and where they reject it. In the case of Palestine, people who are generally on record as calling for forthrightness and honesty in the demand for justice in political discourse, who criticize a false 'pragmatism' oriented toward the corporate media and academic political consultants and who question generalizing statements about popular consensus, suddenly become believers in pragmatism and the limits of what the discourse will allow. An interview with Noam Chomsky published on Znet under the title 'Justice for Palestine?' (Znet, March 30, 2004) is an exemplary contribution to this genre of left apologetics. Since it contains so many of the arguments generally advanced to legitimize some form of continued existence for an Israeli system of colonialism and Apartheid—and to shore up rear-guard support for it among US progressives—it is worth examining in full."

The opening's a little dry, but the rest improves quickly (and packs a serious punch):


Here's Z's interview of Chomsky:


-- "Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað."

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