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I first learned of Chomsky when my girlfriend's masters thesis referenched "Chomskyan linguistics" in about 1983. Since then I have noticed that he has often been a voice of reason, providing cogent criticism of US polity, in particular.

It is conceivable that he misrepresented Lippmann in Manufacturing Consent, but frankly I don't give a flying fuck.  Zuesse clearly has a hair up his arse with respect to Chomsky; long passages of his article are pure rant. He believes that Chomsky's renown and aura are not deserved. (If he has an objective metric of who deserves respect, that would be interesting).

He claims there are "many, many, other examples of Chomsky's déceptions", and the one he chooses is Chomsky signing a letter in defense of Rojava. Zuesse turns this into making Chomsky a shill for Lockheed Martin... Because, you see, the government of Rojava is no better than Assad for women's rights... or something. Oh and Chomsky "certainly disrespects Syrian national sovereignty" -Woo! Bad!

I file this one Under "weird". Some may find validation for their existing dislike of Chomsky... Not I.

 

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 12:54:01 PM EST
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