"I'm just old enough to have heard a number of Hitler's speeches on the radio," [Chomsky] said, "and I have a memory of the texture and the tone of the cheering mobs, and I have the dread sense of the dark clouds of fascism gathering" here at home.
Chomsky was speaking to more than 1,000 people at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, where he received the University of Wisconsin's A.E. Havens Center's award for lifetime contribution to critical scholarship.
"The level of anger and fear is like nothing I can compare in my lifetime," he said.
Readers added their own perspectives. The aptly named hayate says that Chomsky isn't radical enough:
The media gives space to the neo-cons as they are the zionist sponsored batch and the most extreme of the teabaggers. They are also as phony as the fundy Christian movement, another zionist started and lead fascist movement to promote zionist policy. The neo-con teabaggers' purpose is to give zionist puppet obama and his merry corporate welfare crew some opposition to fool the wad with...
Really nasty opposition, whom obama & co. will look progressive against. You see, that's how zionists maintain their political control over the wad. They put rightwing up against far right fringies and call that political diversity. It's all a crock of shite. The dangerous fascists in the usa, the ones with the real power to actually do things, are the zionists and their puppets who are at the root of all this rubbish. But you wont hear chomsky mention them. And we all know why, by now. What chomsky is doing is naming some of the symptoms of this known disease while hiding what disease it is and what its cause is. Not very honest, and not very bright, either. It's like busting charles manson's crew and leaving manson free to walk the streets. Each time I hear chomsky talk or read something from him, he loses more of my respect and I don't have much of that left for him now. That's quite a loss of confidence, considering back in the 80's, I probably respected the man more than any other in his field.
The "right wing" believes in the Constitution: the rule of God's law and equality of opportunity for all mankind, no matter the race, religion or creed.
The "left wing" believes in the rule of man: a small set of master planners who claim to have the ability to organize others' lives.
The fascists, socialists, Marxists, communists and other statists are of the left. They believe in the power of the state, not the individual. They reject the Declaration and the Constitution. They reject our founding principles. They reject thousands of years of human experience.
Liberalism is the ideology of the stupid. They appear to be incapable of learning, of understanding history. Of using facts, logic and reason.
Fortunately, there's more of us than them. For now.
Linked by: Ed Driscoll. Thanks!