Thursday, August 30, 2007


Noam Chomsky, a most distinguished intellectual and moral dissident, once wrote that the old motto about speaking "truth to power" is overrated. Power, as he points out, quite probably knows the truth already, and is mainly interested in suppressing or limiting or distorting it. We would therefore do better to try to instruct the powerless. I am not sure that there is a real difference in this distinction. Ruthless and arrogant though power can appear, it is only ever held by mere mammals who excrete and yearn, and who suffer from insomnia and insecurity. These mammals are also necessarily vain in the extreme, and often wish to be liked almost as much as they desire to be feared.

~ Christopher Hitchens


Tod Maffin said...


That's all you've got?



Allan said...

It doesn't get much better, and for me, it doesn't need to.

Perhaps when your nervous laugh subsides, you'll read and understand how this points directly at you, and it's nothing to laugh about.

What's your problem?

Tod Maffin's version of absolute power.
I wrote a comment at a famous blog.
Tod didn't like it, and took the intial steps of legal action to have it removed.
He was successful.

It made me an unhappy camper.
And I happen to really like it here.

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