Noam Chomsky Breaks Down the Zombie Apocalypse


The Daily Kos has the article Noam Chomsky Breaks Down the Zombie Apocalypse. If you have trouble hearing the audio, then you will appreciate the transcript provided by the Daily Kos article.

The article specifically is about a question that was asked of Naom Chomsky and his thoughtful reply.

“This might sound kind of random, but I would really like to ask  your opinion on why you think there’s this preoccupation with the apocalypse and with zombies right now in our culture.”

At its core, it’s an internalization of the belief that payback is most definitely a bitch:

“I think it’s, much of it is kind of just a recognition, at some level of the psyche, that if you’ve got your boot on somebody’s neck, there’s something wrong.  And that the people you’re oppressing may rise up and defend themselves, and then you’re in trouble.”


One example where I had thought about what Chomsky says, and which he does not mention here, is the apartheid regime in South Africa. In essence their justification is that we have to continue controlling the natives with brutality, because our previous brutal treatment of them will inevitably cause them to wreak brutal justice on us if they ever get control. For a long while, this circular logic resonated with the rest of the world. Finally people came to think, “Well you made your own bed, now lie in it.” Amazingly, the worst fears did not materialize after the fall of the regime. Actually, what happened was probably beyond the best hopes that could have been imagined.

Of course there is hardly a guarantee that the positive outcome will happen every time people are freed, let alone one time. Although the reaction of the former slaves in the U.S. is a pretty happy ending not including the reaction of the former oppressors.

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