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  •  Chomsky's Problem... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...is that if you mine down virtually every single human society or culture has something it has done (or did not do that it should have) that can lead to a guilty conscience.  Furthermore, there is often a gap between what people should feel guilty about and what their true feelings are.  And an even bigger question is to whether guilt can even be said to be "passed down" for actions that happened before the person who is supposed to feel the guilt was even born.

    Hence, while it is true that 19th century European Americans oppressed the hell out of indigenous peoples, the historical evidence is not only that most did not regard this as wrong, but in fact believed they were advancing human civilization and "improving the savages."  Do the present day descendants believe what their ancestors did wrong?  Most do.  Does that make them fearful of karmic or divine retribution for great-great grandfather Custer's deeds?  I don't see that happening.

    Further, at bottom Chomsky seems to believe not only in collective guilt, but collective punishment.  If I wasn't even born when great great grandfather Custer was at the Washita River, why do I now get visited by a retributive zombie apocalypse?

    Chomsky has done some brilliant work.  But sadly he went sailing over the shark long ago...

    "Hidden in the idea of radical openness is an allegiance to machines instead of people." - Jaron Lanier

    by FDRDemocrat on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 09:24:53 PM PST

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