Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Noam "Horse's Mouth" Chomsky

He said this on Democracy Now!:

"We should recognize—if we were honest, we would say something that sounds utterly shocking and no doubt will be taken out of context and lead to hysteria on the part of the usual suspects, but the fact of the matter is that today’s Republican Party qualify as candidates for the most dangerous organization in human history. Literally. Just take their position on the two major issues that face us: climate change, nuclear war. On climate change, it’s not even debatable. They’re saying, "Let’s race to the precipice. Let’s make sure that our grandchildren have the worst possible life." On nuclear war, they’re calling for increased militarization. It’s already way too high, more than half the discretionary budget. "Let’s shoot it up." They cut back other resources by cutting back taxes on the rich, so there’s nothing left. There’s been nothing this—literally, this dangerous, if you think about it, to the species, really, ever. We should face that."

You don't want to think of an organization (especially a barely organized one) like the Republican party as more dangerous than global warming or nuclear proliferation, but since it operates in a way that feeds both of those things, it becomes part of the resource base for them. This is an ecosynthetic manifold, a composite of bodies that are possibility conditions for each other. What I find it hard to wrap my head around is thinking of the GOP as a body at all, because of how fractured it is, but bodies just are fractured anyway (even the solid-looking ones). 

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