Maybe Chomsky’s not so bad after all:
your role as a so-called leader should be to eliminate yourself
He’s still one hell of a pompous windbag though.
UPDATE: And he’s still deluded and self-contradictory too. From the same interview:
Let’s go back to the United States, big complicated society. These studies that I mentioned on public opinion do indicate what people want the government to do, it’s rather striking that on almost every one of those issues, the government doesn’t pay the slightest attention, neither political party. So take the environmental crisis, and we’re kind of like racing toward the abyss, another couple of generations it may be too late to do anything about it. Well the population’s aware of that, so a large majority of the population in the United States wants the US to sign the Kyoto Protocols and to go on with environmental measures. Neither political party will hear of that.
Chomsky represents himself as a “libertarian socialist” (?!) and an anarcho-syndicalist who wants to do away with heirarchies and power structures. Treaties, by their nature, require a coercive government to enforce them. In an anarchy there would be no state to sign the Kyoto Protocols.
The use of force in international affairs is a major issue. The overwhelming majority of the public wants the UN to take the lead, not the United States, wants the United States to join the international criminal court, to follow world court orders. In fact the majority of the population even wants to give up the veto in the Security Council and to follow international opinion on these matters.
…yeah. Maybe in your world, Noam. I sincerely doubt those views are held by the majority of Americans.
*sigh* Why people look to Chomsky as a a brilliant socio-political thinker is a mystery to me.