Sunday, July 24, 2022

Noam Chomsky: US Now Under a Totalitarian Culture Much Worse Than Soviet Union

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America is now subjected to a culture of totalitarianism worse than the former Soviet Union, according to liberal linguistics professor Noam Chomsky.

Chomsky argued that the U.S. is experiencing a form of information warfare and censorship that’s much more radical and oppressive than what the Soviets inflicted upon their people at the height of the Cold War.

“Take the United States today. It is living under a kind of totalitarian culture which has never existed in my lifetime, and is much worse in many ways than the Soviet Union before Gorbachev,” Chomsky said Friday on “Under the Skin with Russell Brand.”

Chomsky: The US is living under a totalitarian culture much worse than Soviet Union

Soviet Russia could access BBC, Voice of America, German TV

Today Americans are not permitted to hear what Russians are saying

The US has imposed constraints on access to info beyond Soviets pic.twitter.com/uaUdgPVPrn

— Sizwe sikaŠœusi (@SizweLo) July 22, 2022

“Go back to the 1970s, people in Soviet Russia could access BBC, Voice of America, German television if they wanted to find out the news.”

Chomsky went on to argue that the ongoing Ukraine conflict has prompted the Western governments and tech companies to engage in unprecedented censorship, preventing the American people from hearing information from Russia’s point of view.

“If today, in the United States, you want to find out what [Foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov of Russia is saying, can’t do it. It’s barred. Americans are not permitted to hear what Russians are saying. Can’t get Russian television, can’t access Russian sources,” Chomsky said, adding that also includes “fine American journalists” who happen to do business with Russian media.

“You want to find out what the adversary is saying, which is of the utmost importance, you can maybe tune into Indian state television and find it out, or you can read it on Al-Jazeera,” he said.

“But the United States has imposed constraints on freedom of access to information which are astonishing, which in fact go beyond what was the case in post-Stalin Soviet Russia,” Chomsky added.

Shortly after Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine in February, Big Tech barred Russian state media like RT and Sputnik from disseminating across platforms like Facebook and YouTube in the name of fighting “disinformation.”

Twitter also censored Russia’s Foreign Ministry from appearing in its search results, prompting Russia to call on the social media platform to “revise their policy that limits the audience’s right to access to information and to renounce the use of anti-democratic tools of unfair competition between American mainstream news outlets and alternative media sources.”

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald noted that defending free speech used to be a “central” virtue of the left before it became radicalized by its “authoritarian wing.”

“This is how the American Left used to think before its authoritarian wing that supports censorship, Big Tech control of political discourse, and the US security state and its various narratives about Russia became dominant,” he wrote on Twitter.

Chomsky, like everyone, has had some bad moments, including his call for the unvaccinated to be housed in camps and his Vote Dem mania.

But he has never wavered an inch in his unyielding defense of free speech and contempt for censorship. That value was once central to leftists.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 23, 2022

“Chomsky, like everyone, has had some bad moments, including his call for the unvaccinated to be housed in camps and his Vote Dem mania. But he has never wavered an inch in his unyielding defense of free speech and contempt for censorship. That value was once central to leftists,” Greenwald added.

Naturally, Chomsky was immediately chastised by the left for criticizing U.S. censorship.

This clip is attracting much derision, deservedly. Two things that have so far escaped comment:

1) Notice Chomsky's use of the phrase "Soviet Russia" – erasing the other peoples of the USSR. The so-called anti-imperialist reflexively uses the language of Russian imperialism … https://t.co/10bxhKyPmd

— David Frum (@davidfrum) July 23, 2022

Somebody tell #Chomsky.https://t.co/vsKIEoOUf8

— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) July 23, 2022

People like Chomsky hate the US so much that they’re ok betraying millions of dissidents in Russia & beyond by engaging in this kind of insane gaslighting. @Renew_Democracy’s Frontlines of Freedom effort will dismantle this narrative. Our democracy is worth the fight! https://t.co/s471hSvl0V

— Uriel Epshtein (@UrielEpshtein) July 23, 2022

In this age of flux and change, of multiverses and madness, it’s nice to know that one constant remains: Noam Chomsky serving as a tool for enemy powers. https://t.co/Oh7UJ4vktj

— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) July 24, 2022

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