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Anti Chomsky Reader Paperback – September 1, 2004
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There are no straw men here. Chomsky DID support Pol Pot. He made no bones about it--during the genocide. Let's allow the man to speak for himself, shall we?
"...the evacuation of Phnom Penh, widely denounced at the time and since for its undoubted brutality, may actually have saved many lives. It is striking that the crucial facts rarely appear in the chorus of condemnations."
After the Cataclysm [South End Press, 1979]
"The victors in Cambodia undertook drastic and often brutal measures to accomplish this task, simply forcing the urban population into the countryside where they were compelled to live the lives of poor peasants, now organized in a decentralized system of communes. At heavy cost, these measures appear to have overcome the dire and destructive consequences of the U.S. war by 1978."
"...executions have numbered at most in the thousands; these were localized in areas of limited Khmer Rouge influence and unusual peasant discontent, where brutal revenge killings were aggravated by the threat of starvation resulting from the American destruction and killing."
"While all of the countries of Indochina have been subjected to endless denunciations in the West for their 'loathsome' qualities and unaccountable failure to find humane solutions to their problems, Cambodia was a particular target of abuse.Read more ›
Chapter 1 by Stephen Morris of Johns Hopkins University, called "Whitewashing Dictatorship in Communist Vietnam and Cambodia" of course attempts to make the case that Chomsky (and the far left in general), has apologized for the crimes of Communism during the United State's military involvement in Indochina during the 60's and 70's. However, I'm afraid Morris' scholarship is less than exemplary and makes incorrect assumptions about the nature of American involvement in Vietnam. Morris writes on the Communists, "the regime that controlled North Vietnam after 1954 was the political creation of the Vietnamese Communist Party [...] Its agenda was to seize total power, first by negotiation with the French, and from late 1946 on, by expelling the French from the region through armed force" (pg. 4). But what Morris presupposes here is that the Communists had no right to free themselves from French colonialism. He becomes confused on the next page while defining the ideology of the Vietnamese Communists, writing that, "North Vietnam was anything but democratic.Read more ›
Different scholars raising each a different theme making this book challenging and thought provoking, showing the double standards he employs. Nichols for instance shows Chomsky's historiography to be deficient: interpreting certain information as 'facts' when suits him, using some footnotes as nothing more than a smoke screen, exaggerating numbers, ignoring fresh evidence etc. all these tactics to achieve exactly what he denounces.
Nevertheless, the book provides some good reminders that Chomsky has made some terrible predictions and has a tendency to overstate his case. Of course, I'd like to meet the 70something year old intellectual who hasn't made some glaring errors in the past.
The weaker chapters are on Chomsky's media theory and his supposed Holocaust revisionism. In the former, the author grossly misunderstands (or misrepresents) Chomksy's ideas to the point where he thinks that since the NYTimes and Wall St. Journal have different editorial viewpoints on various issues, somehow that refutes Chomsky's propaganda model. The latter chapter has some interesting tidbits about Chomsky's dealings with Holocaust deniers, but one wonders what the real point is. Chomsky used bad judgement, but does anyone seriously believe that he denies the Holocaust or wants to further the Holocaust denial movement? Since the right so often wastes space rehashing this incident, it makes me wonder if they're short on anti-Chomsky material.Read more ›
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Read circular arguments that end with reader frustation. I stuck with it to see if it made sense. It didn't.Published 2 months ago by Tom J Gregory
any conservative will recognise the names..horowitz,chomsky & many others within
great scholarly writing with insightfull commentary & many many footnotes,. Read more
Utter nonsense. A collection of non-entities attempt to elevate their status by attacking Noam Chomsky. I only bought this book to see how bad it was, ... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andrew Kensington
Malicious Invective. Right-wing hyperbole. Glittering Generalities. Bandwagon appeals (against logic). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mike Campbell "TheManInTheCUBE"
Wonderful book detailing finally, the "truth" as we know it. Chomsky, a Siberian peasant, who is obviously of the communist persuasion, would have us living in communal... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Bartok Kinski
This is indeed a must read. I finished it faster than I thought I would, as my curiousity and the findings of this book kept my eyes wide open. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by yambaram
Seeing that Chomsky is one of the most-cited authors of the 20th century, I appreciate a collection of works that criticizes his activities. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Jeremy Tarbush
Chomsky's talent lies in taking arguments that are as old as the hills and making them seem new. As one reviewer has already pointed out, though he might claim to be an anarchist,... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Curtis
Literally not worth using as toilet paper. Utterly devoid of actual facts in historical contexts. Lies and distortions designed to strengthen the faith of "true believers"... Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Michael P. Pelaez