Not your average Garden Noam
I’m not an adherent of Noam Chomsky. I suppose I could be. But I don’t (really) know enough about his ideas and philosophy. I think there is likely quite a lot of Venn overlap… but every time I try dip a toe in Chomskyism I get… *struggles to find the right word* … disconsolate. I think its tone in the way he conveys his ideology… or perhaps it his charisma that doesn’t ‘click’ well with me. That’s not to say he’s the problem in this equation… I am notoriously prickly and difficult to please. (I’m trying not to describe myself as petulant) I think we are both playing with Lego… only mine is the big, two year old Duplo and he’s playing with the gears and motors of the Technic range. Maybe I’ll get there one day.
I’m not sure if this quote is actually attributable to Mr. Chomsky. But it sounds like something he might say… and on this we agree 100%.
This… ‘thing’ that we are in about de-platforming and banning people (Patreon being the latest). It really grinds me and I don’t see it actually solving anything. Some part of me appreciates that its some sort of reactionary push-back to the perception that the world is become less liberal (and somehow more hateful*) and that this needs to be opposed by… eh… counter-punching? I guess I also appreciate that these (mostly corporate) platforms can ban whoever they want to (its their choice). I just wish they wouldn’t.
* I’m inclined to disagree. I think the world is becoming more reasonable (albeit very slowly) … but when you have a large segment of people who feel disenfranchised or feel their concerns aren’t taken seriously (whether this is white middle class Americans, nationalist Brits, or poor black South Africans) their reaction is undoubtedly going to be ‘fuck you’. But banning the demagogues is not solving the problem, actually dealing with the frustrations of the proletariat is. But that is much harder because you know…. empathy and shit yo.
I don’t really have a solution. I’m just venting.