Chomsky (was: Christopher Hitchens' Column)

From: John Clark (
Date: Wed Oct 03 2001 - 11:28:19 MDT

From: Miriam English <>

> It seemed to me that Chomsky kept his comments clear, calm, to the point,
> and fair. The same could not be said about Hitchens sad piece of hysteria.

I haven't read the particular article you refer to and don't intend to, I've read him
before and life is too short to read more. Chomsky is always to the point I'll give
you that; but "calm"? The man is hysterical, he always seems on the verge of a
nervous breakdown and the air of moral outrage he radiates over just about
everything under the sun gets real old real fast. Fair? Anybody who starts saying
things like "the world trade center incident was regrettable but [...]" has no moral
authority in my book. Some statements don't need a "but', especially with 7 thousand
people still buried in rubble. Even more important, except for linguistics the man is
not smart, his writing is not only evil it is silly. He's a linguistic genius a moral imbecile
and a political amateur. There is no more reason to waste time reading Chomsky's
opinion of current events than Einstein's opinions of Chinese cooking.

     John K Clark

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