An open letter by Jay Bulworth
Just read your piece on Chomsky.
Nice work. Love the bit where you denounce him for spending “most of his adult life … in the critique of other intellectuals”. Such a contrast to what you’ve had to do in recent years.
And that rhetorical flourish at the end is a beauty. Should go down well next time you speak to an audience of rich folks who keep flatterers like you as pets.
Just a few points to help the cause.
1. You shouldn’t spend so much time talking about Cambodia. Brad DeLong didn’t do too well with that one. (I KNOW you know what I’m talking about).
2. When you say Chomsky “was seeking to play a role in the reorganisation of the international order”, you’ll have to show how. It’s not enough to cite his “advocacy of revolutionary change”. That’s like saying my grandma is “seeking to play a role in the reorganisation of world trade” just because “she reckons Dilmah tea shouldn’t cost so much”.
3. When you’re sucking up to the wealthy and the powerful, it helps to pretend you’re independent. Too close a connection to big moneyed think-tanks makes it hard to pretend you’re above politics. Might help if you watched Johnny carefully and took notes. He’s good at that.
4. Best to wait a while before saying the “CIA suspected Iraqi scientists were manufacturing the nerve agent VX” in Sudan. People know the whole thing was a lie invented to convince them to support an oil-grab. Better to talk about something else for now.
Come to think of it, maybe it’s best if you stuck to bashing blackfellas. Much easier to stay on the corporate payroll if you write about how the Abos and Whiteys were happy until leftie historians began causing problems.
Then you can appear in newspapers owned by our billionaire masters while complaining about how the “left-wing media” won’t give you publicity.
Yours in servitude to the rich.