America’s leading review of the arts and intellectual life
The hypocrisy of Noam Chomsky
was right!Support The
There’s a famous definition in the Gospels of the hypocrite, and the hypocrite is the person who refuses to apply to himself the standards he applies to others. By that standard, the entire commentary and discussion of the so-called War on Terror is pure hypocrisy, virtually without exception. Can anybody understand that? No, they can’t understand it.
Noam Chomsky was the most conspicuous American intellectual to rationalize the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The death toll, he argued, was minor compared to the list of Third World victims of the “far more extreme terrorism” of United States foreign policy. Despite its calculated affront to mainstream opinion, this sentiment went down very well with Chomsky’s own constituency. He has never been more popular among the academic and intellectual left than he ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 21 May 2003, on page 4
Copyright © 2015 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-hypocrisy-of-Noam-Chomsky-1733
E-mail to friend
Samuel Huntington, civilizations, and what makes the English-speaking people great
On Toulmin, Tolstoy, & the Dawkinsization of the humanities.
The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity
Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"
Jan 28, 2015 05:23 PM