A recent New Yorker article called Noam Chomsky “one of the
finest minds of the twentieth century.” This description is based on the
MIT professor's writings on linguistics in the 1950s; but beginning with
his criticism of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, Chomsky became much
better known for his radical politics than for his theories of language.
Over the past forty years he has gained a devoted following in the
United States and Europe for his increasingly bitter—some say
hysterical—censure of U.S. “crimes.” Chomsky has complained about being
ignored by mainstream publications such as the New York Times,
but in fact his steady stream of polemical works, like the best-selling
9-11, have made him the center of a veritable cult.
In The Anti-Chomsky Reader, editors Peter Collier and David
Horowitz have assembled a set of essays that analyze Chomsky's
intellectual career and the evolution of his anti-Americanism. The
essays in this provocative book focus on subjects such as Chomsky's
bizarre involvement with Holocaust revisionism, his apologies for Khmer
Rouge tyrant Pol Pot, and his claim that America's policies in Latin
America in the 1980s were comparable to Nazism. Scholar Paul Bogdanor
writes about Chomsky's hatred of Israel. Ronald Radosh and David
Horowitz discuss his gloating reaction to the September 11 attack.
Linguists Paul Postal and Robert Levine reevaluate Chomsky's linguistics
and find the same qualities there that others see in his politics: “a
deep contempt for the truth, descents into incoherence, and verbal abuse
of those who disagree with him.”
The Anti-Chomsky Reader presents a fascinating composite portrait
of a man who arguably is our most influential public intellectual.
the Author -- The Anti-Chomsky Reader
David Horowitz ---
David Horowitz, one-time one of the most prominent organizers of the New
Left, is the author of Radical Son, The Politics of Bad Faith,
Left Illusions, and other books. He is the President of the Center for
the Study of Popular Culture in Los Angeles, California.
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