Noam Chomsky's statement on the Wall Street protests

Posted Sep 27, 2011 by Nancy Houser
To anyone who knows of Noam Chomsky’s background, it should come to no surprise that he has sent a “strong message of support to the activists at the Occupy Wall Street movement.”
Noam Chomsky  2004
Noam Chomsky, 2004
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By the age of 13, Chomsky had identified with anarchist politics, forming the intellectual he is today. Because of who he is, his opinion on the current Occupy Wall Street protests is considered extremely relevant to the Wall Street movement and to its supporters.
"Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.'
"The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course."
(personal email from Danny Garza,who has been on the ground of the Occupy Wall Street movement since day one. He has been in contact with Professor Chomsky and has updated him on all the actions of the Wall Street movement.The email Chomsky was sent to Garza, which we have here. After he read the letter at the General Assembly, Garza requested permission from Professor Chomsky to publish it on their website, which was granted. )
A political analyst, in Chomsky is quoted as saying, “the best way to restrict democracy is to move the decision-making from the public to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.” He continues on to describe the U.S. political system as a very marginal affair made of two political parties, so called…but considering them factions of the same party, the Business Party, a group of intellectuals who consist of a herd of independent thinkers.
He humorously went on to say, “Unfortunately, you can’t vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place.” (Government in the Future, Poetry Center of New York, February 16, 1970)
Born in 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Noam Chomsky’s mother had belonged to radical activism of the 1930s, while his uncle owned a newsstand that was an intellectual center for professors who would discuss world philosophies.
Professor Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is now recognized as one of the strongest anti-capitalist activists and intellectuals in the United States, in addition to being one of the nation’s leading public academics and the most cited living author in the United States.
A man whose commentaries are insightful, free of demagoguery, plainly spoken, and courageously honest, Chomsky has received multiple death threats because of his personal criticisms of the United States foreign policy. When teaching at MIT, he often receives undercover police protection.
In June of 2011, Chomsky was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in honor of promoting human rights, unfailing courage, and critical analysis of power as an American linguist. This is the only International Peace Prize awarded in Australia, promoting peace with justice.
Chomsky was also awarded the IEEE Intelligent System’s Al’s Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the field of Al and intelligent systems.