WRITTEN WITH absolutely no apology in mind, this piece is dedicated to the pretentious culture luvvies, parochial chip on shooder Alan Bissett apologists, and amnesiac butchers apron burners of AhDinnaeKen’s second favourite indy website, Bella Caledonia. They’re currently ‘all of a lather’ that ‘anarcho-syndicalist (aka pinko-commie) Professor Noam Chomsky has appeared to favour Scottish self-determination. AhDinnaeKen procrastinates:
By Scunner Thow
NOAM CHOMSKY, ‘yer actual Chomsky’ has come out of the closet for Yes. So the line ‘Neurolinguistic Philosophical Genocide Deniers for Yes’ may not trip off the tongue nicely, but at least it’s an eye opener to virtually no one.
Chomsky is allegedly the most cited living political philosopher in the history of the world. He’s rapidly catching up on Cicero – who’s deid, incidentally.
So it’s quite a coup for the Yessers for Chomsky to have said, “My intuition favours independence”.
It’s the sort of thing to induce hypothetical sub-cranial ‘imagineering’ hematomas in the “transformational and regenerative power of independence…..deep structure politics.” as one Bella commenter didnae quite put it.
But is it a game changer in the proto-philosophical unity of political consciousness?
Naw! It isnae. No really.
As Francis Wheen, ‘deputy editor’ of Private Eye, pointed out in his seminal book, ‘How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions’, Chomsky is basically a bandwagonner.
If it’s likely to compromise or embarrass U.S. foreign policy makers, then Chomsky is more than likely to support that bandwagon. The dilemma faced by the potential embarrassment of US allies, the UK, on where to place Trident post-independence is likely to have loomed large in Chomsky’s failure of reason.
And thus we have his “intuition” favouring independence.
Given that Chomsky has made his living, and fortune, from empirical reasoning on topics as diverse as ‘Logical structures of linguistic theory’ to ‘transformational grammar’, his reliance on intuition seems like a bit of atavistic bawbaggage from the National Collective wish tree.
Here’s Mr Wheen’s take on Professor Chomsky’s outlook on Pol Pot:
Given that Chomsky has only uttered the one sentence on independence and that the structure and meaning of that sentence is so open to interpretation – there are plenty of get out caveats – it can only be concluded that Mr Chomsky is indulging in an intellectual, neuro-linguistic programming joke beyond the understanding of mere mortals.
Still, no matter the result post Sep 18, Mr Chomsky will be able to say, ‘I told you so, ya dobbers’.