Huxley’s Near Misses

Doug Pressman (pardon the pun) dug up this old interview. The transcript is here. Seems to me this raises lots of juicy TCT questions, not the least of which is why Huxley saw where the body was buried, but never really got his shovel out to dig…

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Eh, wtf? I stopped reading as soon as he started yammering about overpopulation (a favorite elite cover story to boot).

[Earth’s population will stabilize at about 11-12 bln by the middle of the century, and will remain constant in perpetuity; there are plenty of resources and know how to maintain it in comfort, assuming of course that capitalism as we know it is challenged]

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Of course, he is right about the broad trends, but extrapolates the present too much, and neglects the multiple sources of instability that give some hope (population’s final spurt of growth and then stabilization being one of them)

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

“Normalcy is the problem”

Indeed. The status quo is so overwhelming that even I, after spending so much time reading, figuring stuff out, getting enraged, etc. way too often fall into comfortable complicity –> “Eh, things are not so bad”. Gruesome pictures of dead children / bangladeshi laborers penetrate this fog harder and harder.

It is really hard to pursue any semblance of reality when the whole socio-economic structure, backed with enormous resources, is dependent on no such thing leaking through…

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Martin

Come on, Marla, the Green Shadow Cabinet Green Team Green Police will come to the rescue! 1. As the TCT is an official Chomsky Alliance project, I do commend an affordable book by spectacularly controversial Bob Black, Defacing the Currency, that contains a thesis-like rant-denunciation of Chomsky. A great cure for boredom, and a surefire party starter! 2. Religions and “higher education” have always tried to break the will o’ the people. There is the supersystem, see, and it is not the product of either you, me, or a few bad men, but a fully licensed product of history and… Read more »

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Marla Singer

Lol, this did perk me up. I’ll check out Bob Black. I love Chomsky, but I can see how criticisms of him can be both fair and unfair. Unfair, because he has gone through systematic efforts to explain and document wrongness in very accessible ways. Fair, because, for all his radicalism, I can hardly think of a more *harmless* person. One may argue it is not his job to be an actual firebreathing radical, but if that is the case how can not become a sort of MSNBC for “true lefties”? Satisfying yet also pacifying (Maybe I am the one… Read more »

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Martin

Great take, Marla – you’ll find the Blackean takedown of the our plain eminence in line with your points. Chomsky is no anarchist in the slightest, according to Black, though he announces himself as one, and thus is no much of anything beyond a one-man political events clearinghouse, which Black does not give him enough credit for.
Thanks for the Russian article – looks Dilworthian.
You know another worthy book? – Victor Grossman’s Crossing the River.

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Holy s**t! I’m just stopping by to report that I thoroughly enjoy Bob Black – just read his essay “Technophilia as an infantile disorder”.