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Re: Scienter and all that stuff
Responding to msg by [email protected] (James A. Donald) on
Tue, 20 Sep 3:22 PM
>Of course Noam Chomsky is optimistic - he favors
>limitless and absolute state power and the forcible
>and violent silencing of all those who deviate from
>If I was campaigning to make a the US a totalitarian
>terrorist state, I would be full of optimism.
I respectfully suggest that that's not what Chomsky advocates.
He makes superior detailed analysis and criticism of
authoritarian government by brilliantly attacking weak-willed
ideologues of all political persuasions which hide under skirts
On the contrary, his optimism, it seems to me, derives from his
own hard work and original thinking not from parroting any
With this he is in the company of original thinkers like Karl
Hess, Murrary Bookchin and others who have garnered the courage
to grow beyond the simple faith of left-right comforts and
Their writings have a generosity of scope and purpose that
exemplify how to assess specific problems and to prescribe
remedies, and thereby perhaps help us break free of the
mesmerizing, melodramatic defecations of partisan politics.
Or so I optimistically muse.