resort to fear

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NoamChomskyResort toFearColdTypeNoamChomskyResort toFearColdTypeNoam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology, is the author of many books, including Hegemony or Survival:America’s Quest for Global Dominance. This essay is Mr Chomsky’s forward to Nirmalangshu Mukherji’s book,December 13: Terror Over Democracy. [New Delhi: Promilla and Co.Publications and Bibliophile South Asia, 2005. ISBN: 8185002576]© 2005 Noam ChomskyColdTypeWRITING WORTH READING FROM AROUND THE WORLDwww.coldtype.netNOAM CHOMSKY: RESORT TO FEARhe resort to fear by systems of power to disci-pline the domestic population has left a long andterrible trail of bloodshed and suffering, whichwe ignore at our peril. Recent history providesmany shocking illustrations. The mid-twentiethcentury witnessed perhaps the most awfulcrimes since the Mongol invasions. The mostTsavage were carried out where Western civiliza-tion had achieved its greatest splendors. Germany was a leading cen-ter of the sciences, the arts and literature, humanistic scholarship, andother memorable achievements. Prior to World War I, before anti-German hysteria was fanned in the West, Germany had been regard-ed by American political scientists as a model democracy as well, tobe emulated by the West. In the mid-1930s, Germany was driven with-in a few years to a level of barbarism that has few historical counter-parts. That was true, most notably, ...

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