Another anti-Chomskyian delight: « On Chomsky: a « Study in Total Depravity »: »

Excerpt of  On Chomsky: a « Study in Total Depravity »:

Understanding Chomsky on linguistics is not impossible but one wonders why anyone except another linguist would make the effort.

The same lack of expository skill mars the political works (excepting perhaps the two short pamphlets published by the Odonian press, What Uncle Sam Really Wants and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many). In any case, Chomsky is not a significant political thinker, as he himself would probably admit. His constructive ideals — more or less straight anarcho-syndicalism — are not original with him, and barely touched upon in his publications. As for his criticisms of the existing state of affairs, one should very much like to know how it has come to pass that many of those who feel qualified to judge intellectual eminence take it as a revelation that the United State of America is an imperial power which has committed, supported and denied atrocities all over the world, or that centralizing the news media in the hands of large, advertising-supported corporations, owned in whole or in part by other huge companies, leads to bias. These are important facts, of course, and they are news to many people. So are the facts of evolution and the age of the Earth, still unaccepted by approximately half of America’s adults. It is meritorious work to teach them, but hardly a sign of unrivalled intellectual accomplishment.

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