Noam Chomsky, the man who brought us “Manufacturing Consent”, wrote a piece for the Guardian titled “How to destroy the future”. I felt it was worthwhile sharing the link with you.
I was in Broadcast Journalism in the 1980’s when Noam Chomsky wrote “Manufacturing Consent”. When I attended the next Radio/Television News Directors Association convention (in Kansas City?) I had to purchase a t-shirt for a publishing friend of mine to go along with Chomsky’s book I was giving him. The t-shirt was inscribed “Freedom of the Press belongs to those who own one”. I got him three t’s. He loved them all; the t’s and the book.
For readers unfamiliar with Noam’s credentials: Noam is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic, and activist. According to Wikipedia (yeah, I know about the reliability of Wikipedia), He is an Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years. In addition to his work in linguistics, he has written on war, politics, and mass media, and is the author of over 100 books. According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992, and was the eighth most cited source overall. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and he was voted the “world’s top public intellectual” in a 2005 poll.
In the Guardian article Noam writes about political willingness to race towards destruction. You may read the article here.