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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 ix commitments of his— for instance, his claim that the United States as a world power is continuing the program of Nazi Ger­many, and his fierce hatred of Israel— will, unfortunately, be more familiar. But either way, as Chomskyism continues to grow at home and abroad, it is clearly time for a reckoning. Any work about Chomsky must begin with linguistics, the field he remade so thoroughly by his scholarly work of the late 1950s that he was often compared to Einstein and other paradigm shifters. Those who admire this achievement but not his politics are at pains to explain what they take to be a disjunction between his work in linguistics and his sociopolitical ideas. They see the former as so brilliant and compelling as to be unarguable— in all, a massive scientific achievement— and the latter as so venomous and counterfactual as to be emotionally disturbing. In their con­tribution to this volume, Paul Postal and Robert Levine, linguists who have known and worked with Chomsky, take the view that the two aspects of his life’s work in fact manifest the same key properties: “ a deep disregard of, and contempt for, the truth; a monumental disdain for standards of inquiry; a relentless strain of self- promotion; notable descents into incoherence; and a pen-chant for verbally abusing those who disagree with him.” Whatever flaws have appeared retroactively, Chomsky’s work in linguistics allowed him to make a transition from the univer­sity to the public arena in the mid- 1960s and be taken seriously as a critic of the war in Vietnam. In a series of influential articles that appeared in the New York Review of Books and other publications and in his American Power and the New Mandarins, he distin­guished himself by the cold intellectual ferocity of his attacks on American policy. Although a generation older than most members of the New Left, he shared their eagerness to romanticize the Third World. Finding Hanoi to be a radical version of the Eternal City, Chomsky traveled there with other revolutionary tourists to make speeches of solidarity with the Communists ( whose hero-ism he believed revealed “ the capabilities of the human spirit and human will”) and to sing songs and declaim poems.

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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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