Really? You guys surprise me. I can't stomach most of his beliefs, he's way, way out in left field.
"By comparative standards, the country is undertaxed. And it's also regressively taxed, the tax burden falls mostly on the poor. What we need is a progressive tax system... we'd be a lot better off if we were higher taxed, and it was used for proper purposes." - Chomsky
I couldn't disagree with this more. The reality is that the top 50% of wage earners pay 95% of all the federal income taxes in America. The poor pay very little in taxes. I don't know how he gets away with saying such fraudulent things and still has followers. I pay easily half of my money in tax if you figure income tax, state tax, sales tax, gas tax, property tax, etc etc etc. How much does Noam want me to pay? 75%? And my faith in the government to manage it well is dead.
I could post a 10 page reply about all the things he says that I disagree with. Like his belief that America is largely the problem in the world, not the exceptional wonderful experiment that it is. That's why everybody flocks to this country, Noam, last I checked there aren't any lines to get out. But I'll just sum it up by saying that there is very little that he says that I don't find dispicabe.
But that's freedom of speech, and that's what's great about our country. I work next to a Communist Book store, a little not for profit deal run by little old socialist ladies in tennis shoes. They all look to be about 120, they're probably survivors of the Triangle Shirt Waist fire. I find their political views deeply disturbing. But this country that they bad mouth allows them the freedom to have a communist book store. Try opening a dissenting book store in China and see how far you get. Try opening a Christian Book store in Saudi Arabia. It takes no bravery to be a dissenter in the USA. That's the beauty. So even though I despise Noam Chomsky's views, I applaud the US of A for being a place where he can say whatever the fuck he wants.