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Provocative essays that analyze Noam Chomsky's intellectual and political career: coverage includes Chomsky's contribution to linguistics, his hatred of Israel, gloating reaction to the September 11 attacks, as well as his collaboration with Holocaust revisionists, apologies Pol Pot, and others.

C  h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x INTRODUCTION Peter Collier The dust jacket of Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky’s attack on U. S. foreign policy and the elites who supposedly control it, calls the author “ the world’s foremost intellectual activist.” Normally such a statement could be dismissed as pub­lisher’s hyperbole, but this claim about Chomsky exists in an echo chamber of similar sentiments. According to the Chicago Tribune, Chomsky is “ the most cited living author” and ranks just below Plato and Sigmund Freud among the most cited authors of all time. While acknowledging that he is reviled in some quar­ters for his ferocious anti- Americanism and cavalier relationship with the factual record, a recent New Yorker profile calls Chom­sky “ one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.” Even this rapturous praise does not quite capture the extent of the Chomsky phenomenon. At this point in his career, Chom­sky is more a cult figure—“ the L. Ron Hubbard of the New Left,” one writer called him— than a writer or even a theorist. ( Most of his “ books” are pamphlets in disguise, collections of speeches, or interviews strung together, as in the case of the best- selling 9- 11, which was assembled by e- mail with the assistance of his pro­tégés.) Rock groups such as Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam promote Chomsky at their concerts the way the Beatles once promoted the Guru Maharaji, solemnly reading excerpts from his work between sets and urging their followers to read him too. vii

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Front MatterFront CoverTitle PageCopyright PageCONTENTSINTRODUCTIONPART I. CHOMSKY, THE WORLD AND THE WORDONE. WHITEWASHING DICTATORSHIP IN COMMUNIST VIETNAM AND CAMBODIAChomsky and the Vietnam WarChomsky on Postwar VietnamChomsky and Pol Pot's CambodiaConclusionsNOTESTWO. CHOMSKY AND THE COLD WARChomsky and CommunismImmoral Equivalence and Ideological CynicismChomsky and the Causes of the Cold WarChomsky's “Scholarship”Chomsky and America's Blame for the Cold WarChomsky and ReaganChomsky and the Cold War's EndNOTESTHREE. CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA: A KEPT PRESS AND A MANIPULATED PEOPLENOTESPART II. CHOMSKY AND THE JEWSFOUR. CHOMSKY' S WAR AGAINST ISRAELAbolishing IsraelArab “Moderation” in Fact and FantasyLebanon: Heroes and CriminalsThe World's Leading Terrorist CommandersThe Treachery of the PLOConclusionNOTESFIVE. CHOMSKY AND HOLOCAUST DENIALChomsky and the Neo-NazisA Matter of Freedom of Speech?From Marlen to FaurissonThe “Documentary” Basis of Anti-ZionismThe 1929 ViolenceFlapan on the Betar DemonstrationVincent Sheean, EyewitnessThe “Fascist” Betar“The Zionists are like Hitler,” and the Question of the MuftiDeir Yassin and Other AtrocitiesConclusionNOTESPART III. CHOMSKY AND THE WAR ON TERRORSIX. CHOMSKY AND 9/111. “What's Happening Right Now? Starvation of 3 to 4 million people.”2. “Why Was It a Historic Event?”3. “What Is Terrorism?”4. “What Are the Origins of the September 11 Crime?”5. “What Are the Policy Options?”SEVEN. NOAM CHOMSKY' S ANTI-AMERICAN OBSESSIONNOTESPART IV. CHOMSKY AND LINGUISTICSEIGHT. A CORRUPTED LINGUISTICSDeliberate DeceptionPretending and Bluffing: The A-over-A PrincipleRipping Off Others' IdeasDenigrating Other FieldsNOTESREFERENCESNINE. CHOMSKY, LANGUAGE, WORLD WAR II AND MECONTRIBUTORSINDEX
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