Arizona 1070 and a much-needed dose of Chomsky

This article caught my eye recently: Noam Chomsky Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’

I'm chewing on this at the moment:
Chomsky embraces the Julien Benda view of the world. There are two sets of principles. They are the principles of power and privilege and the principles of truth and justice. If you pursue truth and justice it will always mean a diminution of power and privilege. If you pursue power and privilege it will always be at the expense of truth and justice.
May just be a more elegantly-worded version of this, but still explains quite succinctly why, although we might think that liberal politicians would get the human rights abuse of closed records, they don't. There's nothing in it for them, nothing to increase their power and privilege. Politics is politics, truth is truth, and sadly, it seems that never the twain shall meet.

Adding at lunchtime: Admittedly, both Chomsky and Benda offer a Western point of view. I'd really like to understand how other cultures and traditions view truth and justice, because they may offer a better approach to actually achieving justice in this and and other areas.

It's no wonder that the incredibly unjust and immoral Arizona Senate Bill 1070 is now the law of the Arizona land and Americans are pretty much just standing by and watching. Apart from boycotting, you may think there's nothing you can do. But you can: Urge your legislators, as I am doing, to boycott any activities they might have planned in Arizona. Let your churches know that you believe this is an immoral piece of legislation, and demand them to speak out. Don't attend Arizona team sports events. Sign petitions decrying it: here, here, and here for a start, and please add the others you find to the comments. Don't let this thin edge of the ugliest wedge in recent history go into effect silently.

To those who believe, as I've seen already, that "boycotting hurts the wrong people:" Encourage those people to speak out, too. If everyone sits back because they're afraid someone in Arizona who is equally opposed to this legislation is going to suffer, well then maybe it'll mobilize them to do a better job of fighting similar legislation in the future. It's just like here in VA, where after the 2008 presidential election, we Democrats opened the door to the biggest bunch of jerks the Virginia statehouse has ever seen. Shame on us, we only have ourselves to blame.

Comments

Margie said…
Apologies, Montana, but your comment is down - I just did a quick search of "Montana" and "birther" and it appears that you've left the same one on any blog that seems to disagree with your point of view. Given that it was pretty much impossible to really figure that out, I'll leave you to share your thoughts on political blogs.

This blog focuses on adoption and is written by a person who considers herself to be politically liberal, but who recognizes that no single political point of view owns truth and justice.
Up here, criminal offences fall under federal powers. If a province attempts to enact criminal law, they are said to be acting ultra vires - above their powers. Of course it takes a court challenge to have the law so declared.

Will something like that happen in Arizona?

(Sometimes the word verification security words feel like a vocalization of the sentiment of the comment. Therefore pyringf I say to this Arizona action.)
Margie said…
Hi, UM,

Yep, we have the same, applied a little differently because of the fact that there is so much emphasis on states' rights in the U.S. It also would take a court challenge, which I expect to see at some point.

Scary stuff.
maryanne said…
Thanks for pointing out this terribly unjust law. My brother and family live in AZ, and it has been right-wing nutter territory for a long time. There is a heavy Mormon population which usually does not bode well for anyone else's civil rights.

I hope this law will be shut down. As the descendant of poor immigrants from Ireland and Poland, who were the hated "huddled masses" in their day, I find it appalling that each group still wants to punish and demonize the next group in.

Illegals are "taking our jobs"?? How many of even the poorest folks born here want to work for below minimum wage in sweatshops, doing landscaping, or back-breaking unskilled construction work?

Those in power want to keep their power, and often exercise in immoral and unjust ways. Same as in adoption, yes, as far as legislation goes.
Anonymous said…
Might Be a good idea to read the Bill. You can see it on line, Google it and then read it.
Margie said…
I have, Anon. The bill is immoral.

You're entitled to your opinion, I'm entitled to mine, and mine is that this legislation is immoral.
Margie said…
Here's a link to the text for those who are interested:

http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf

And here's what I believe is immoral:

"E. A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES."

There's more, but I don't need to go beyond that to pass my judgment.
DENISE said…
Margie, I live in Arizona. Illegal immigration is a huge problem here — for everyone. There are no simple answers.

The bill was signed while we were away on vacation for 10 days. I've got a lot of reading to do before I weigh in...

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