Ancient Cuts to ChomskyOliver Kamm points to an utterly wonderful review by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. of Chomsky's "American power and the New Mandarins". This is a very early case of his skills at selective quotation (or invention) being caught out. As Kamm points out the debate involves some unequal skills:
The participants comprise the critic Lionel Abel, the historian Arthur Schlesinger Jnr (who died three weeks ago) and the non-historian Noam Chomsky
Of course I was a fan of Chomsky in 1969, and resistant to his utter intellectual dishonesty. I am past that now and glad of it.
As Kamm says,
What an extraordinary man the world's top public intellectual is.
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