Backtracking on Criticism of Chomsky

I think I was too harsh on Noam Chomsky yesterday. Oh well, I said it. Anyway, here’s Peter Voskamp, editor of the Block Island Times, offering a better picture of the great man:

I saw him a few years ago in Austin and he was up there for what
seemed like hours– a true marathon. He spoke in one theater, and it
was pumped into another sold-out theater on a screen. He had his
sleeves rolled up and kept going and going, a real
inspiration. So I wonder what happened in NY yesterday. Maybe
he’s tired; maybe there was a mix up in communications.

The analogy of his that I always pull out is that of the sports fan:
the common man, as illustrated in the stats-steeped sports fan, can
handle complex issues if they are presented truthfully. He or she can
get involved in the debate equally well-informed, and their takes
have just as much credibility as the so-called experts.

This would certainly be the case in regard to the Iraq situation.
What joys the best and brightest with their endless credentials have
brought to the region.


Backtracking on Criticism of Chomsky