What exactly does Noam Chomsky mean by this quote?
"Some sort of council communism is the natural form of revolutionary socialism in an industrial society. It reflects the intuitive understanding that democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether of owners, managers, and technocrats, a "vanguard" party, or a State bureaucracy."
- Anonymous8 years agoBest Answer
It´s very simple. What he means is that the theory of the transcedential idealism is infernal in its roots.
Speaking seriously, you must be a very optimistic-minded person if you hope to find some deep meaning in Chomski´s very scientific - looking but absolutely shallow "researches".
- golgafrinchamLv 68 years ago
"Some sort of council communism is the natural form of revolutionary socialism in an industrial society."
Just like it sounds, it means that in an industrial society, the most likely form of revolution will come in the guise of socialism or communism. Which makes sense, think about it: would an industrial society have a revolution of a totalitarian dictatorship? It might get taken over by one, not a revolution by one.
"It reflects the intuitive understanding that democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether of owners, managers, and technocrats, a 'vanguard' party, or a State bureaucracy."
This states the reality that an industrial system is controlled from the top-down, by the owners, not from the bottom up, which would be the case within the political democracy. And, when the democracy in question is a representative democracy, and the representatives can be "bought" by the industry, rather than represent the voting populace. This is largely the case in the US of A, where we are largely a plutocracy, with a veneer of democracy that is used to give the populace to a "say" in government (rather than, as it should be, steering government).
- 8 years ago
I believe this is the Israel section of Yahoo Answers, not the Pro-Israel-and-anti-anyone-who-dares to criticize-Israel. The question is quite valid, so I don't understand the reactions of some of the people here. Especially if you want to burn Chomsky down it is important to know what he is actually saying, don't you think?
I am not a fan of Chomsky's, because he does not present a nuanced vision of the world but the facts he bases his theories on are in fact that: Facts.
In this particular quote he speaks of communism as a more suitable and fair model to apply in an industrial society than democracy.
I don't agree, but that is what he states.
- TeresaLv 44 years ago
Was this from his 2002 BC speech? It means that the news SHOULD have a liberal bias if done properly, thereby allowing stifling arguments about a right wing news source as well as allowing both the Left & Right to maintain the belief that the Liberal media is as far as one can go & thus not challenge the system outside the preset media parameters. Does that make sense?
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- Anonymous8 years ago
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- Anonymous8 years ago
email him and ask.
The email he uses at the university which he lectures at is firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anonymous8 years ago
He supports Barrack Obama.
- BMCRLv 78 years ago
It means that Chomsky has very far left political viewpoints. But then again, that shouldn't be surprising for those who know what his views are.
- ArilouLv 58 years ago
isn't he that guy who can't find work in ANY credible university?
i guess he isn't a good researcher...
according to your quote he supports communism and says that a communist council should run the state because in democracy there are people who are part of an elite who run things no matter what the public chooses and who is elected.
sounds like BS to me.
- EstherLv 78 years ago
Simple Simon is right. You aren't going to find many Noam Chomsky fans here. The fact that he's Jewish is irrelevant. Someone from the Egypt section was quoting him to me before until I pointed out that he's Jewish, and he shut up immediately. No, we Israel supporters are actually fans of democracy and freedom.