Thursday, September 12, 2013

Distorted Morality

Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear;
Robes and furr'd gowns hide all.

This talk was delivered in 2002. Chomsky argues that the terrorism carried out by powerful nation states far outweighs acts perpetrated by individuals or smaller groups. The wholesale variety is carried out in broad daylight, with little attempt at concealment. He supports his thesis by marshaling an encyclopedic array of facts from recent history, painfully assembled from scattered sources around the globe. One has surely to concede that things are not what they are made out. Moreover, we passively swallow the biased, distorted or falsified information streaming in through the media. This makes us morally anesthetized and intellectually numb.

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