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Old 01-20-2002, 05:47 PM   #21
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Achtung Bubba: Doesn't Noam Chomsky criticize both conservatives AND LIBERALS? I've read his work and I can recall just as many attacks on the Clinton Administration. Therefore, I have proven your statement invalid.
Well, Chomsky really doesn't make too much of a distinction between American conservatives and liberals.
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Well, Chomsky really doesn't make too much of a distinction between American conservatives and liberals.
Exactly, Speedracer. He doesn't refer to the political parties. He refers to the collective body of politicians, grouping all the accused into one.
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Here's a pretty level-headed critique of Chomsky by some random Canadian guy:

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Foru...e/chomsky.html

Especially amusing is the link to the newsgroups discussion this guy (Russil Wvong) has with one John Caruso, a cranky, arrogant and sarcastic disciple of Chomsky.

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I'll grant Chomsky sounds more educated, for a reason that others might not share.

Some would say that Chomsky is more wise because he bases his beliefs on the secular world rather than Christianity. That I disagree with, if for no other reason that I believe that Christianity is right; assuming it is based on the wisdom of God, it trumps earthly philosophy every time.

I think Robertson is a poor intellectual because he's a poor Biblical scholar, particularly compared to the likes of C.S. Lewis.

About the "bigoted hick" comment, yes, Robertson sounds like a "hick" compared to the M.I.T. professor.

But Chomsky sounds just as bigoted as Robertson, particularly looking at how completely he blamed America for 9/11. He blamed the U.S. for different reasons, certainly, but he was still terribly wrong for doing so.


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Even assuming Chomsky criticizes mainstream conservatives and liberals, the question remains: what are his criticisms?

If he criticizes conservatives and liberals for essentially not being liberal enough, than my statement is STILL valid.

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You're not seriously defending Pat Robertson, are you? And what *is* Robertson's educational background?

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No, I'm not defending Robertson. I said that Chomsky seems as bad as Robertson. Not defending Robertson; attacking Chomsky.

And, honestly, I don't know Robertson's background.

Thing is, Chomsky's a professor at M.I.T., and Rush Limbaugh didn't finish college. And yet...
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I decided to do some quick research...interestingly enough, I and some others may have to eat a tiny bit of crow. Apparently Mr. Robertson has a law degree, and it's not exactly from Podunk State Law School. We are talking a Yale-educated post-graduate scholar.

However, this does not change my position that he is a fundamentalist, bigoted hick. And though he may not *be* dumb, I still think he *sounds* dumb.

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