The Syria Withdrawal: Three Cheers Reply

Scott Horton is interviewed by Tom Woods. Predictably, this is the best overview and discussion of Trump’s withdrawal from Syria so far, including a discussion of Rojava and Chomsky’s endorsement of US intervention on behalf of the Kurds. Listen here.

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Scott Horton joins me to discuss the reality of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, and the hysterical establishment response, from center-left to center-right. We also discuss fears about the fate of the Kurds, whose safety has been used to justify a continued U.S. presence.

About the Guest

Scott Horton, managing director of the Libertarian Institute, is the host of Antiwar Radio on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, and Opinion Editor of Antiwar.com. The Scott Horton Show features daily interviews on foreign policy from a libertarian perspective.

Read the original article at TomWoods.com. http://tomwoods.com/ep-1309-the-syria-withdrawal-three-cheers/

 

 

Chomsky Among “Progressives” Calling for US Military Involvement in Syria 1

Chomsky of all people should know that the US fucks up anything it touches. The US ambition in Syria is to replace Assad with a Saudi-like Sunni fundamentalist regime that will be subservient to the US-Israel-Saudi triangle and allied with Turkey. Like the US empire is going to tolerate turning northern Syria into some kind of anarcho-communist Kurdish homeland. The Kurds are in the same position as the Spanish anarchists in the 1930s in the sense of being caught in the middle of a civil war between Eastern and Western proxies.

I very much want to see Rojava survive. I suspect the best bet would be for the PKK associated groups to attempt to negotiate a settlement with the Assad government for regional autonomy in northern Syria and a mutual alliance against the Salafist forces, with the support of Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. Though I wouldn’t encourage anyone to go on a hunger strike waiting for that to happen.

By Whitney Webb

Mint Press News

NEW YORK – On Monday, the New York Review of Books published an open letter and petition aimed at securing Western support for putting pressure on Turkey to end its occupation of Afrin, opposing further Turkish incursions into Syria, and backing autonomy for Rojava — the region of Northern Syria that has functioned autonomously since 2012 after its administration was taken over by U.S-allied Kurdish factions. Authored by the Emergency Committee for Rojava, it has since been signed by well-known progressive figures such as Noam Chomsky and Judith Butler in its bid to organize efforts for the fulfillment of the group’s demands.

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Noam Chomsky: Antifa is a ‘major gift to the Right’ 1

Noam can be a bit wacky a times (e.g., “April 15 should be a day of celebration” and “the Republicans are the most dangerous organization in history’). But when he’s right, he’s really right. Amusingly, since this interview came out, I’ve seen pro-antifa elements in the anarchist milieu, such as Goofy Gillis of C4SS, taking the “Noam was a fan of Pol Pot!” line they apparently lifted from Accuracy in Media and David Horowitz, lol. Budding neocons all.

By Steven Nelson

Washington Examiner

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The left-wing “Antifa” movement is rising in prominence after clashing with white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., but one progressive scholar says the anti-fascists feed the fire they seek to extinguish.

“As for Antifa, it’s a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were,” Noam Chomsky told the Washington Examiner. “It’s a major gift to the Right, including the militant Right, who are exuberant.”

Many activists affiliated with the loosely organized Antifa movement consider themselves anarchists or socialists. They often wear black and take measures to conceal their identity.

Chomsky said, “what they do is often wrong in principle – like blocking talks – and [the movement] is generally self-destructive.”

“When confrontation shifts to the arena of violence, it’s the toughest and most brutal who win – and we know who that is,” said Chomsky, a professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “That’s quite apart from the opportunity costs – the loss of the opportunity for education, organizing, and serious and constructive activism.”

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Chomsky at MIT: Between the war scientists and the anti-war students Reply

By Chris Knight

It is now fifty years since Noam Chomsky published his celebrated article, ‘The Responsibility of Intellectuals’. Few other writings had a greater impact on the turbulent political atmosphere on US campuses in the 1960s. The essay launched Chomsky’s political career as the world’s most intransigent and cogent critic of US foreign policy – a position he has held to this day.

No one could doubt Chomsky’s sincerity or his gratitude to the student protesters who brought the war in Vietnam to the forefront of public debate. On the other hand, he viewed the student rebels as ‘largely misguided’, particularly when they advocated revolution. Referring to the student and worker uprising in Paris in May 1968, Chomsky recalls that he ‘paid virtually no attention to what was going on,’ adding that he still believes he was right in this. Seeing no prospect of revolution in the West at this time, Chomsky went so far as to describe US students’ calls for revolution as ‘insidious’. While he admired their ‘challenge to the universities’, he expressed ‘skepticism about how they were focusing their protests and criticism of what they were doing’ – an attitude that led to ‘considerable conflict’ with many of them.[1]

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Who rules the world? America is no longer the obvious answer Reply

A very good summation of the present world order. It looks like Chomsky heard my recent speech at the National Policy Institute. 🙂

By Noam Chomsky

The Guardian

When we ask “who rules the world?” we commonly adopt the standard convention that the actors in world affairs are states, primarily the great powers, and we consider their decisions and the relations among them. That is not wrong. But we would do well to keep in mind that this level of abstraction can also be highly misleading.

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