Noam Chomsky on Ron Paul

Ron Paul's a nice guy. If I had to have dinner with one of theRepublican candidates, I'd prefer to have it with him -- but, his policies
are off the wall.

Kutztown University Nov. 21, 2011

January 14, 2012


CHOMSKY: Ron Paul's a nice guy. If I had to have dinner with one of the
Republican candidates, I'd prefer to have it with him -- but, his policies
are off the wall.

I mean, sometimes I agree with him. I think we have to end the war in
Afghanistan. But, if you look at the other policies, I mean, it's kind of
shocking and principles that lie behind them (shakes head)....I don't know
what to say about them.

In the Republican debates, at one point -- and this kind of brought out
who he is --- he is agains Federal involvement in health, in anything. He
was aked something like, "Well, what if some guy's in a comma,
and...uh...he's going to die and he never took out insurance. What should
happen?"

Well, his first answer was something like, "It's a tribute to our liberty."

So, if he dies, that's a tribute to how free we are?

He kinda backed off from that, actually. There was a huge applause for
when he said that. But later, reactions were eleswhere. He backed up and
said, "Well, the church will take care of him...or charities or something
or other....so, it's not a problem."

I mean, this is just savagery.

And it goes across the board. In fact, it goes through the whole so-called
Libertarian ideology. It may sound nice on the surface but if you think it
through, it's just a call for corporate tyranny. It takes away any barrier
to corporate tyranny.

But, it's all academic. The business world would never permit it to happen
because it would destroy the economy. They can't live without a powerful
state, and they know it.

 

 

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