Noam Chomsky thinks that the right leaning people in this country are akin, albeit loosely, to Nazis. This in interesting because as I seem to recall Nazi stood for National Socialism. It is obvious that the right is definitely against socialism, and that point cannot be refuted. So I ask myself, how does Chomsky draw that conclusion? Well the only answer is obvious bias, and projecting. It is the left in this country that wants Socialism, and the only way to obtain socialism in a free society is to force it on people. Thus, we have fascism. It is clear that fascism was exactly what Hitler used, yet fascism relies on a people who depend upon the government. Why? because it is the only way for fascism to hold power over its people. In a free society, fascism cannot exist, and if fascism really was the desired outcome of the right, then why would they promote policies that support less government, and more liberty.
"The memory that comes to my mind — I don’t want to press the analogy too hard, but I think it’s worth thinking about — is late Weimar Germany. There were people with real grievances, and the Nazis gave them an answer. ‘It’s the fault of the Jews and the Bolsheviks and we’ve got to protect ourselves from them, and that will take care of them.’ And you know what happened…"
So Chomsky likens the religious right's condemnation on homosexual practices and the like to be their attempt at a blame game. But here is where the analogy is not just poor, but completely backwards. The problems facing Germany in the 20's and 30's were financial problems, not moral problems. Hitler blamed the Jews (who are constantly criticized for controlling the world financially) and the Bolsheviks. Yet, if you look at today, who is blaming who for the financial crisis? The rich and successful are being derided in the media and in government and have become the poster children for the dangers of capitalism, when in reality it was government intervention in the markets that caused the financial problems in the first place. Maybe we should rewrite that quote from, "It's the fault of the Jews and the Bolsheviks..." to "It's the fault of the bankers and the businessmen and we've got to protect ourselves from them (read big government), and that will take care of them." "and you know what happened..." yes, Noam, I do. But do you?
oh and as an aside: Chomsky is wrong when he states that we have seen our wages stagnate or decline. The standard of living in America has gone up over the past 100 years and is still going up. If we measure our wages in Time spent per number of items bought, we would see amazing increases in our wages. Refer to Reason.tv and it's piece on Living Large. I also believe I posted it on here a while back, so search the archives.