posted on Feb, 19 2012 @ 04:10 PM
Originally posted by captainnotsoobvious
Finally, just to underline this, there is NO danger is someone's analysis never leading to action. That's a lie. Maybe you misspoke, but if you think
the point of knowledge is action you are wrong.
I disagree with that, particularly when it comes to political analysis. Just the fact that you would defend the "ivory tower intellectualism" of
someone like Chomsky, particularly at this point in history is a measure of the effectiveness of this man's poison.
I don't think young people should be exposed to him, personally. A lecture by Chomsky of the later period, given to young people is, in my opinion,
the intellectual equivalent of giving a garden a light dusting of agent orange. It will stunt the growth and lead to intellectual atrophy.
I am not an academic and can't really assess him as a historian would, but based on what reading I have done, Chomsky, it seems to me, has been
infected with the viewpoint A.J.P. Taylor expressed in his The Origins of the Second World War
, that nations are like beings with their own
behavior patterns and psychology that individuals have very little power to change or direct.
Of course there is validity to this point of view. It may be futile to try to seize control of the wheel of a runaway bus if one is just a passenger,
but surely it is even more futile and foolish not to try.
Chomsky is a passenger on the bus with only an academic interest in what the driver is doing. It disturbs me to think that many young people seem to
think that that is a perfectly acceptable attitude to take.
Intellectual distance is a cop out. One that has been responsible for untold amounts of suffering in the world.
Chomsky is poison.
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