This perhaps is a path of least resistance, where one can solicit the goings-on of both sides of the fence from one single source rather than discovering the totality for themselves.
And so, this brings us to one representative of the Left World-View who is extremely intellectual and influential, not only in North America, but the world over. To the many Left thinking/leaning, there are not many of his calibre, and so when issues arise, many may acquiesce first to the words of Noam Chomsky before forming opinion, often, by the way, as a kind of synthesis of Noam's own mind-view.
In the case of Noam Chomsky or other people of his like, their command of reasoning, in most cases, is extremely acute and often reliable foundationally. People who reason well may often check their own foundation stones against people like Chomsky to see if they are on the right track, according to their belief structures, and in a high percentage of circumstances they are pleased. Likewise, sociological study and manipulation may predict the outputs based on the very idea that people's reactions are well defined given a life situation, political or otherwise. With that in mind, perhaps if 50 percent of people follow a particular ideological or other trend path, then many others will eventually follow.
This brings us to contradictions. In a recent article on SoTT called "Left-Leaning Despisers of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Do You Really Believe in Miracles?," contradictions were pointed out of many, most holding the ear of a large populace doing their predictable check-up to refine their thinking. However, for some who think to further question, to undertake a type of rational litmus test that looks for error and contradictions, there is a counter if need be.
Humans are well-known to be plagued by error; it is who we are and represents our human nature of fallibility. Most will review and reconfigure their thinking and testing. But as history shows and where certain individuals are concerned, fallibility does not exist or is manipulated away, even in clear view. Sometimes a glimpse is discerned when finer filters are employed that point to inconsistencies, error or plain old conspiracy. When this happens in serious matters, often a tool box of buffers and distractions or even word-psychological-warfare is used to cover or divert in many ways.
This bring us to another SoTT article that is based on the psychological word craft manipulation of the two words "conspiracy theory," "Britain: Terrorists Use 'Conspiracy Theories' in Attempt to Discredit Government and Recruit New Members," which of course can clearly be seen by some as a means to vector people's attention and more importantly, instill new word belief structures.
What does one do when faced with the visible contradictions of a very serious nature such as 9/11, when the mind is confused by a host of opinion makers all vying for your attention? In the case of the Left, one might find entering the stage of opinion someone like Noam Chomsky to sooth-say and put your mind at ease. The Right, too, has their own brand of ideological mentors who help sway, but in the case of the Left, in a full sight of glaring contradictions like 9/11, it seems a masterful stroke of genius might be at play to at least pry that first 50 percent away from thinking, thus putting them back into their proverbial sleep.
In keeping with the first SoTT article above, referencing Noam Chomsky, let us now look at contradictions and the power of persuasion he can yield. First, there are not many instances where disagreement is often made with Chomsky, especially if one cannot think outside of their automation of mind that this influential opinion-maker serves. Many, many hold Noam Chomsky in very high esteem and he more often than not says things that make a heck of a lot of sense. However, in reading the SoTT article by Global Research, someone was remembered who had well prior to 2006 picked up these odd incongruities, and that someone is a well known journalist in his own right by the name of Barrie Zwicker.
Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 911, that caught many people's attention; it must be said that the author obviously holds Noam Chomsky in low esteem, however, it was not so always.
Here is some of Mr. Zwicker's thinking on Noam Chomsky as it relates to the contradictions and word-play of the 9/11 event and other historical tragedies:
On page 177, Zwicker writes:
The formula is clear. We saw it with Peter Scowen in Chapter 1. We see it with the Right Gatekeepers. We'll see it in the next chapter with Noam Chomsky and his fellow Left Gatekeepers. The formula is this: "I need proof but I'm not going to look at the proof." All the rest is from the brain's baloney generator.Looking around today, as before, this looking at Proof or not looking at the Proof, continues. However, again Zwicker, who dedicates a good chapter or more to Chomsky entitled: "The Shame of Noam Chomsky and the Gatekeepers of the Left" - continues starting pages 179 - 184:
"Look, this is just a conspiracy theory." -- Noam Chomsky to author [Zwicker] in conversation, November 14, 2002.Zwicker says:
There's something very strange here. You'd expect George Bush, the most visible face of the American Empire, to employ the intellectually-bankrupt put-down phrase 'conspiracy theory' as an element of his propagandistic rhetoric in defence of the official story of 9/11. On the other hand, about the last person you'd expect use the same phrase the same way for the same purpose would be Noam Chomsky, known for masterful deconstructions of propaganda.Zwicker continues with discussion about how Chomsky defends the use of the term "conspiracy theory" and how it is a tool used in many quoted situations:
Chomsky: For people to call [Chomsky's media analysis] 'conspiracy theory' is part of the effort to prevent an understanding of how the world works, in my view -- conspiracy theory' has become a four letter word: it's something people say when they don't want you to think about what's really going on.Zwicker then continues:
So, when Norm Chomsky repeatedly uses the phrase 'conspiracy theory' to describe questioning of the official story of 9/11, he clearly knows its power and the purpose of its use.Zwicker then writes from page 181 -- 183 a highlighted retrospective piece entitled: "Emotional Considerations Arising from a Study of Chomsky's Work."
This seems to discuss the right vs left perspectives on Chomsky, with the right's "hatched job" in reference to newspaper attacks on Chomsky.
Zwicker writes here:
On the left, the feelings are more complicated. The main emotions are gratitude and admiration -- sometimes to the extent of near idol worship.Zwicker then quotes Daniel Abrahamson:
Noam Chomsky is often hailed as America's premier dissident intellectual, a fearless purveyor of truth, fighting against media propaganda, murderous US foreign policy, and the crimes of profit-hungry transnational corporations. He enjoys a slavish cult-like following from millions [of] leftist students, journalists, and activists worldwide who fawn over his dense books as if they were scriptures. To them, Chomsky is the supreme deity, a priestly master whose logic cannot be questioned.Zwicker then says something interesting of his own thinking:
I was one of his earliest supporters, from the days when most had not heard of him. My admiration knew almost no bounds. I have a stack of his books more than a foot high. I praised him personally and publicly and in my university teaching. I was honoured to interview him for four segments on Vision TV. A friend of mine and I at one time competed to see who could get the larger of letters to the editor published defending Chomsky against the ill-wishers who twisted his words or called him names such as anti American. I assisted in a small way with the filming of Manufacturing Consent.