Hypocrisy is criticizing others for behavior which one engages in as well, a double standard. Imperial powers of course take the cake when it comes to hypocrisy. Not content with its “mission accomplished” success in Iraq, the Bush administration is now aiming its guns at Iran. An original member of the “axis of evil,” Iran with the world’s fourth largest oil reserves, has long been coveted by the neocons. The U.S., with a large occupation army in Iraq, and apparently with no sense of irony, warns Iran to stop meddling in the internal affairs of Iraq. Corporate media do not even comment on this blatant contradiction. And the American people? Subjected to a steady stream of free press propaganda, the Gallup poll reports, “Americans say Iran is their greatest enemy.”
Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. His contributions to modern linguistics are legendary. In addition to his pioneering work in that field, he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” He is Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. At 93, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World Works, Power Systems and Global Discontents with David Barsamian. His latest books are Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal, Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance, and Chronicles of Dissent: Collected Interviews with David Barsamian, 1984-1996.