January 26, 2008
Chomsky (Jan. 26, 2008)
Re: Rethinking Noam Chomsky
Date: Sat, January 26, 2008 6:49 am
I agree with you on Chomsky. I saw him lecture in Provincetown about 3 years ago with Howard Zinn and Amy Goodman. (David Rovics added the music). During the question and answer session a woman identified herself well as knowledgeable and curious. Her question was "Are there stories or event which you as historians are prohibited from discussing for fear of losing your reputations or positions. For example the Kennedy assassination?"
Noam Chomsky then filibustered the question, talking in circles and touting his book about Camelot Lost or some such suggesting his writing on Jackie's wardrobe and the Camelot aspects were research enough for the Kennedys.
I appreciate your note.
Most people are mesmerized by Noam Chomsky and I understand that, as I was hugely impressed myself, but you have to look deeper with him and not just accept the superficial personae. He is a gatekeeper, to be sure, but he's also very skilled at concealing it.
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