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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Chomsky in Edinburgh

"The Gifford Lectures are held at each of the four ancient Scottish universities. They were established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford, a Senator of the College of Justice, who died in 1887. For over a century, the Gifford Lectures have enabled a distinguished international field of scholars to contribute to the advancement of theological and philosophical thought."

"The Gifford Lecture Series in 2004-2005 was to have been delivered by Professor Edward Said. Sadly he died on 25 September 2003. The Series in 2004-2005 is dedicated to his memory."

"Past Gifford Lectures at Edinburgh include William James, John Dewey, Albert Schweitzer, Niels Bohr, Arnold Toynbee, Sir John Eccles, Iris Murdoch, Charles Taylor, Michael Ignatieff and J Wentzel van Huyssteen."

This year's lecture was given by Noam Chomsky on March 22. He discussed the role of a rampant, militaristic superpower, the fact that both the Democrat and Republican parties are much further Right than the vast majority of American citizens and perhaps the most unspoken truth of all: America's role, over the last 30 years, in rejecting any kind of true peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. They have never been an honest broker for peace and the vast majority of the Western media has failed in not examining this intransigence and the real role of successive Israeli, expansionist governments.


Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Antony, I promise to leave your blog alone for a while after this comment.

I read the other day that Chomsky supports the draft. I baulked initially, but then the reasoning came into sharp focus and I have to say the idea has merits; prime among these is the notion that if a fair-dinkum no exemptions, no cushy sinecures draft was introduced and Jenna etc had to risk checkpoints and roadside bombs, there would be no war.

If the younger Cheneys, Perles, Kristols etc didn't have the opportunity to dodge their responsibilities as their fathers did, they might even grow up with the sort of maturity that would prevent them from making the same awful mistakes. They might even eschew the faux-tough guy, huntin' cap and cigar type image so popular among chickenhhawks.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 1:54:00 pm  

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