Noam Chomsky is bringing his unique comedy stylings to Australia in November. “An intellectual crook” (Arthur Schlesinger), Chomsky’s support act is expected to be his hard-Left gang of Israel bashers, anchored by long-time bassist Tony Garnier, multi-instrumentalist Donnie Herron and guitarist Charlie Sexton.
Chomsky will be speaking in Sydney at the Town Hall on Wednesday, November 2 and in Melbourne on Friday, November 4. In Sydney Chomsky will be receiving the Sydney Peace Prize, while in Melbourne Uncle Noam will present a lecture ‘Changing Contours of Global Order’ for the School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre).
Chomsky last toured Australia in 1995. Speaking of ‘Visions of Freedom’ (the title of the anarchist conference on whose behalf he was presenting), about the only question I remember him being asked was from a Spartacist who, after having called upon the Australian working class to defend China, North Korea, Vietnam and Cuba, asserted that the Bolshevik coup of 1917 was the greatest step forward for socialism since sliced bread. Feigning deafness, Chomsky cupped his ear, leaned forward and asked ‘Did you say forwards or backwards?’
How we laughed.