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The funniest thing… April 9, 2006

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larynx
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I went to the doctor today…

About a month ago, I noticed….

…well, you know when you’ve got a dry throat and you swallow a pill or bit of food or something? You know that stuck feeling? That’s what I had.

…so I noticed that it felt as though something was caught in my throat. I was in the midst of tests, papers, and assignments, so I wasn’t able to deal with it. I said to myself that it was probably stress, so if it didn’t clear up after I was finished all these things, I’d see someone about it.

Aside from that, the bulk of my time was spend on assignments in my Speech Pathology class and I know my own psychology enough to know that it was entirely possible that some sort of psychosomatic thing was going on. I’d studied so much on throat defects.

The 6th came…that was the day I was clear of all that school stuff. I worked at “day-work” all day, and then went to the theatre that night…finished working at midnight. I came home and I started to fret. I was certain I had some sort of throat cancer. I tossed and turned that night until 2:30’ish quitely crying so that I wouldn’t wake up bf. I decided I needed to see the doctor.

I went today (long story as to why not friday). I want to say here that if you live in the Mission area of Calgary and you want to go to the walk-in clinic on 4th and 23rd…don’t. The doctor is pompus, arrogant and won’t listen to you. After 5 minutes of talking to me, he asked me if I was hoarse! He’d been listening to me…shouldn’t he know if I was hoarse?

Blah blah blah…the upshot of this is:

I called my mum (as one does) and explained how the dr. swabbed my throat and sent me out, but I was not satisfied because I was certain my problem was not an infection. My cousin happened to be over visting Mum. She (my cousin) called me back and told me how, apparently, a few of my family members get this with intense stress. She (they had discovered she had a brain tumor soon after she had her baby) was so freaked out that she choked on tea because her throat felt just like mine did.

The doctor told her it was stress and if she stopped thinking about it, it would go away. She said, once she heard that, it was gone in two days.

I talked to her at 5’ish. It’s 2am now and my throat feels almost back to normal.

Weird, hey?

 

Chomsky

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Chomsky
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I am very familiar with Chomsky’s theories…

…on language, that is.

I am not quite as familiar with Chomsky’s social views.

This gets me in trouble.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been involved in a debate over Chomsky and his alleged ‘hypocrisy’ involving my friend Bumf, and his partial posting of this guy’s article that ended up in the Western Standard. Well, these guys might not know I’ve been involved in this debate, but I assure you, students in the linguistics department at the UofC do.

W.G.’s argument was that Chomsky is a hypocrite because he believes language is an innate feature of the human mind…and he’s left wing.

I’m not going to get into all that right now. You can read it in my post before this, if you want. I did eventually comment to W.G. and I hope he responds.

But this whole thing has been haunting me.

Now…this being the case, I did a little research. I intend to do more because I think starting my M.A. in linguistics in the fall would warrent I do a little research into philosophy beyond language acquisition…but as I do research into Chomsky’s politics, I’m finding something interesting.

Now…as a woman studying linguistics, believe me…I know Chomsky can be a difficult read. Hell, I’ve attended a speaking engagement here in Calgary a few years ago and didn’t understand a word (the acoustics were terrible). But I’ve seen Manufacturing Consent. My boyfriend reads Chomsky regularly. I’m not entirely blind to his politics. And I’ve done some additional research.

So..what I found was interesting. Frankly, I don’t think anyone who argues against Chomsky has read/listend to him, either. They’ve certainly read/listened to each other…but not necessarily him.

They describe him as a socialist. And hate him for it. Well…my own politics aside..from what I understand, he’s not. He’s an anarchist (with a socialist bend). Look:

CHOMSKY: The introduction to Guerin’s book that you mentioned opens with a quote from an anarchist sympathiser a century ago, who says that anarchism has a broad back, and endures anything. One major element has been what has traditionally been called ‘libertarian socialism’. I’ve tried to explain there and elsewhere what I mean by that, stressing that it’s hardly original; I’m taking the ideas from leading figures in the anarchist movement whom I quote, and who rather consistently describe themselves as socialists, while harshly condemning the ‘new class’ of radical intellectuals who seek to attain state power in the course of popular struggle and to become the vicious Red bureaucracy of which Bakunin warned; what’s often called ‘socialism’. I rather agree with Rudolf Rocker’s perception that these (quite central) tendencies in anarchism draw from the best of Enlightenment and classical liberal thought, well beyond what he described. In fact, as I’ve tried to show they contrast sharply with Marxist-Leninist doctrine and practice, the ‘libertarian’ doctrines that are fashionable in the US and UK particularly, and other contemporary ideologies, all of which seem to me to reduce to advocacy of one or another form of illegitimate authority, quite often real tyranny.”

So, when I read “…because he argues that our sociability is also natural, and therefore in a better world without capitalists, etc, we would all be loving socialists like him.” I wonder where that came from.

From what I understand, and I do intend to get more familiar with it this summer when I have time, what he’s against is extreme forms of politics…because they end up needing some sort of oppression in order to keep themselves going. That’s his problem with capitalism, that an unusual amount of power has been given to “the corporation”.

And actually…that’s what I thought he was all about the whole time.

 

Mostly for me (quick reference)… April 7, 2006

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…but you can read it too.

Chomsky debate

more discussion of Chomsky