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In a telephone interview with Channel 10, Chomsky said the interrogators had told him he had written things that the Israeli government did not like. "I suggested [the interrogator try to] find any government in the world that likes anything I say," he said. 

 I am a big fan of Chomsky. Even though I am a Libertarian. What I like about Chomsky is that even if you disagree with his proposed solutions to various 'problems', his analysis of the situation is usually spot on. I like Chomsky in the same way I like Icke. Icke may have some ridiculous lizard theories etc, but the fundamental analysis, is very difficult to argue with.

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No Discordian tag? by ammoniacal (4.00 / 3) #1 Mon May 17, 2010 at 12:45:03 AM EST
For shame, man. For fucking shame.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

I'm a socialist by nebbish (4.00 / 3) #2 Mon May 17, 2010 at 11:40:47 AM EST
Who doesn't like Chomsky :) I agree with a lot of what he says but don't like the way he arrives at it. (Admittedly I haven't read that much, I read a few articles by him and gave up). I think he is intellectually dishonest and cherry picks information to back up his arguments.

Also, in the 1970s he disputed accounts of the Khmer Ruoge genocide because they didn't fit in with his ideas about socialist self-determination in the developing world. He has never admitted to being wrong on this and skirts around the subject when asked. I think this is akin to Holocaust denial.

I'm interested in reading some of his work on language and seeing if it's more rigorous than his writing on politics.

It's political correctness gone mad!

his work on language.. by infinitera (4.00 / 2) #3 Mon May 17, 2010 at 11:14:06 PM EST
Is the work of a mathematician analyzing human syntax.

Computer scientists (NLP folks) hate it, because it doesn't give them accurate models.

Linguists have a love-hate relationship with it, because it provides a solid research framework, but at the same time, restricts possible innovations (as paradigms tend to do).

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cherry picking by MillMan (4.00 / 3) #4 Mon May 17, 2010 at 11:31:09 PM EST
He does, yeah. I think his main political goal is the preservation of human life - and when he applies this logically, meaning all human lives have equal value, it sends most people into a venomous rage, including a lot of people on the left in wealthy countries. I think that makes him more honest than most. For most people politics is just a fashion statement.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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