All right, all right – a joke explained is a joke not funny. I titled this post Noam’s Guarding the Cave as a play on words, substituting “Noam’s” for Gnomes, which are mythical creatures that guard trees and animals of the forest. Swiss bankers are referred to as the Gnomes of Zurich, and it is not a compliment.
I went through a period in the 1990s to some later date, how much later I am embarrassed to say, wherein I followed the work of Noam Chomsky and his own personal Minime, David Barsamian. I read most of his books, and Barsamian interviewed the hell out of him, making yet more books.
I want to first point to a 2016 paper by Miles Mathis, Noam Chomsky is and Has Always Been a Spook [I cannot get the link to work, but it is http://mileswmathis.com/chom.pdf, or just go to his updates page and search for “Chomsky.”], as it appears that he went through a similar infatuation, and is well recovered. The MM essay stands well on its own, but after publishing it he received an email from a former student of Chomsky’s at MIT, published on page 29 forward. In it the former student indicates that Chomsky, whose prose on political matters was forthright and well written, in matters of linguistics appeared to be the product of ghost writers. He also suggests that much of Chomsky’s early work might well have been derivative of his father’s.
This would make sense if Chomsky was an Intelligence agent, that his CV would be supplied to him by others to give him credibility and allow him to perform his true function, false leader and controlled opposition.
The Mathis essay is pretty heady stuff, 32 pages, so I understand only a few will travel there and take an hour from an already planned day to read it. That’s something I would do, having read so much of Chomsky prior to the essay.
I want to travel to another era instead, a time well before most readers here will remember, and an episode in that era known as the Pentagon Paper Caper. I wrote about this in 2017, a brief essay called The True Art of Lying, where I talk briefly of the matter.
The Pentagon Papers are massive, thousands of pages, supposedly laying out the true history of the Vietnam War for internal agency consumption, not to be made public. The first player in the Caper was Daniel Ellsberg, now 90 years of age, then an employee of Rand Corporation. He supposedly photocopied the papers, and then approached various higher-ups, like Henry Kissinger, in an attempt to make them public. There was no interest there. Ellsberg had committed a crime in doing what he did, and would face jail time, but had changed his mind about the Vietnam War and become an opponent. As such, he was trying to get the truth out to the public. That’s his story. He went to the New York Times, and there was entertained in an internal controversy, some wanting the works published, others opposed. Those in favor of publishing invoked the doctrine of Freedom of Speech, not well understood or much practiced by the Times. To this day.
Ellsberg engaged both Howard Zinn of Boston College, author of a People’s History of the United States, and Chomsky. The two supposedly edited 4,100 pages of the work and engaged in some cloak and dagger stuff to get them into proper hands. It reads like a Robert Ludlum novel.
Ellberg was arrested and indicted by a Los Angeles grand jury in 1971 for stealing and holding secret documents, a serious crime under the Espionage Act. He faced imprisonment. This all went on during the Watergate affair, but nonetheless caught my youthful eye, even as I was very wet behind the ears. In a remarkable act of supreme stupidity, so it seemed, the White House Plumbers broke into Ellberg’s psychiatrist’s office, leaving a trail that would cause a face palm even from Inspector Clouseau or Lt. Frank Drebin. It looked much like the Watergate burglary itself, intentional bungling. While Ellsberg was never officially vindicated, the judge in the matter declared a mistrial due to the break-in, and Ellsberg was set free, for life. He was even available for quotes as Edward Snowden went through a similar charade. It is all right out of the Intelligence playbook.
People like Ellsberg, Snowden (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Andrew Kaufman, they could be identical twins), and Julian Assange perform a useful function for the Deep State, to release prearranged false secrets which, when filtered through their hands, appear to be secret information that leaders do not want the public to have. These men all have one thing in common – never a day in jail or the Moscow airport. As I came to grips with the Julian Assange affair, I had to laugh that his shocking white hair was an eye stopper, and when not appearing before cameras in London, he walked the world freely, having regular colored hair or wearing a hat. His stint in the Ecuadorian Embassy was fake, and he wanders freely to this day. Maybe he sleeps in the apartment above Ellsberg’s garage.
What was the point of the Paper Caper? I’ve never read the Pentagon papers, at least the 4,100 pages released to the public due to the fictional work of Chomsky and Zinn. I doubt any but a few serious wonks ever did. I doubt Chomsky, Ellsberg and Zinn ever read or edited them. The serious scholars read this sort of stuff, and these scholars then write their books, and the library shelves are then lined with a false history. The purpose of the Paper Caper was to sell it, to make false history by having it appear to be hidden away in the deep state, never to be viewed by any but privileged eyes. Ellsberg, Chomsky and Zinn supposedly endangered their careers in a noble act of patriotism to get the truth to the public. Not so. It was all a charade.
The three of them, Chomsky, Zinn (who died in 2010) and Ellsberg were/are spooks. Were and always have been, as MM titled his piece.
As long as we are referring to the MM piece above from 2016, I am going to quote him from this week, in his paper about George Bernard Shaw:
Noam Chomsky held his pose far better than most, maintaining it for the most part until his 80s, but even he is now disintegrating into naked fascism. Given his recent pronouncements on the vaccine, he might as well be an advisor to Pfizer.
He is referring to Chomsky’s quote from late October:
“People who refuse to accept vaccines, I think the right response for them is not to force them to, but rather to insist that they be isolated. If people decide, ‘I am willing to be a danger to the community by refusing to vaccinate,’ they should say then, ‘Well, I also have the decency to isolate myself. I don’t want a vaccine, but I don’t have the right to run around harming people.’ That should be a convention.”
When asked how we would get food to people, he said “Well, that’s actually their problem.” Chomsky is a zealot for vaccinations. He’s also nasty, condescending, and offers a flood of appeals to authority, saying he’s “read the literature.” I doubt he’s read anything, just as with the Pentagon Papers.
I interacted with him this past week, as his email is public. I have not done that in years. He generally answers promptly, I imagine to everyone who contacts him, as I have no relationship with him at all. I congratulated him on his good health at age 92, and suggested that part of that was perhaps due to not having to undergo vaccinations. His response:
“Sorry to disappoint you, but I’ve been fully vaccinated since childhood. Includes regular flu vaccines — just had one along with two modernas, and a booster coming up.
I read the literature. It makes it clear why health officials around the world all recommend it. No exceptions that I know of, apart from Brazil under Bolsonaro, and they’re now under parliamentary investigation for crimes against humanity.”
I responded a couple of days later that Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro would indeed be taken down, but not for “crimes against humanity”. Rather, I suggested, it would be for failure to participate in crimes against humanity. I know how the world works.
I wonder, however, if Bolsonaro is controlled opposition. They do this frequently, as with JFK, Robert Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr., John Lennon, Martin Luther King, and Tanzania’s “Covid denying” president, John Magufuli. They give us hope, people who appear to be successful in resisting power, and then dash that hope into the rocks.
Noam Chomsky at age 92 has turned a corner. He no longer pretends. He comes off as a fascist, maybe tired of his role as false leader. I wish him no ill, only won’t be contacting him again, or looking up to him. (By the way, nothing he has ever done or is now doing is illegal. Lying while not under oath is protected speech.)