Saturday, December 2, 2017

Meghan Markle is a Chomskyite and Chomsky Thinks That's Great

Meghan Markle, who is engaged to Prince Harry and whose mother is a black Californian yoga instructor with dreadlocks, is a fan of Noam Chomsky.

The Evening Standard reports, Markle is a self-confessed lover of Chomsky's work, saying she "highly recommended" his book 'Who Rules the World' in an Instagram post last year.

Interesting, Chomsky is pretty good on imperial power but doesn't have a clue about economics or libertarianism.

From the blurb to the book:
In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky examines the way that
the United States, despite the rise of Europe and Asia, still largely sets the terms of global discourse. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the sordid history of U.S. involvement with Cuba to the sanctions on Iran, he details how America’s rhetoric of freedom and human rights so often diverges from its actions. He delves deep into the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel-Palestine, providing unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet. And, in a new afterword, he addresses the election of Donald Trump and what it shows about American society.

Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central issues of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.
As for the soon-to-be princess being a fan, Chomsky told The Standard:
I've heard about the marriage, but didn't know about Markle's interests. Naturally pleased to hear it. Sounds as though she may, for many reasons, shake up the royal family.
 According to The Standard, when Chomsky was once asked if the royal family was good for Britain, Chomsky quoted fellow philosopher Peter Slezak: "Royalty serves a useful purpose, he said: the pomp and ceremony help undermine respect for state authority."


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