12 May 2015
Wage slavery is the accepted cultural expectation in America. But this has not always been the case. In the first few minutes of This Interview of Noam Chomsky he explains how the industrial revolution in 19th century America drove the farming class into wage slavery. What I found most interesting was Chomsky's assertion that the people of that time understood industrialism to be an attack on their freedom and their rich cultural lifestyle.
Noam Chomsky is a remarkably intelligent man. And he is an anarchist.
I'm not an anarchist, and I don't think that Noam Chomsky is always right. You can be remarkably intelligent and wrong in your conclusions. Nevertheless, Chomsky is a brave voice in the midst of an imperialist nation that is now quickly slipping into a condition of ever-greater domestic tyranny.
The man interviewing Noam Chomsky at the above link is Chris Hedges. He is another very intelligent man and, near as I can tell, he is a Socialist.
I am not a Socialist. But I find Chris Hedges to be another brave voice, and I have listened to many of his online talks at YouTube over the years. Though I disagree with Hedges in some ways, I greatly respect his perspective and his opinion.
If you have never heard Chris Hedges, check out This excellent YouTube interview with Alex Jones from a few years ago. I was surprised that he was on the Alex Jones show. Just do a YouTube search from there for more of Chris Hedges.
What intrigues me about Socialists and Anarchists, like Hedges and Chomsky, is that they do not buy into the obfuscation perpetrated by the Republican-Democrat political paradigm. They don't follow in lock step, thinking and acting as the media manipulators so skillfully direct the masses to think and act. They are equally critical of both political parties, and the statist agenda. They understand and chastise the corporate-capitalist takeover of American government. In other words, they see many of the true problems with America more clearly than most.
Unfortunately, though they can see many of America's problems more clearly than most, I do not think (as far as I've been able to understand thus far) that they grasp the best solutions. But that is something to discuss another day...