August 20, 2012

An Interview with an anti-Chomskyite

I hate Chomsky. The man is a fool who uses big words to disguise his shallow "theories".

Theories are based on the simple notion that a change in something (X) or some things (X1 + X2) causes a change in something else (Y). It's really not that difficult to understand.

However, Chomsky seems not to get this fundamental notion about the relationship between cause and affect.

Why? Because Chomsky, literally, blames America for everything bad that has happened in the last 100 years. Which is a problem because different affects (Y) cannot be attributed to the same cause (X). The same is true of the inverse: Different causes (X) cannot be attributed to the same affect (Y).

So, when America acts (X) it causes something bad (Y). When America doesn't act (X) it causes something bad (Y). Both cannot be simultaneously true.

Chomsky doesn't have theories, he has a world view. A simple one. America is bad, mmmmkay.

Michael J. Totten interviews Benjamin Kerstein about his new book Diary of an Anti-Chomskyite. Here's an excerpt:

I think people come to Chomsky and essentially worship him for precisely that reason. He allows them to feel justified in their refusal to think. They never have to ask themselves any difficult questions or provide any difficult answers. Its a form of intellectual cowardice essentially, but I'm sure you can see its appeal....

In any event, blaming anything and everything bad that happens in the world on the United States has always been Chomsky's default position. So once he'd exhausted all other possibilities of escape, that's what he fell back on. And he'll keep doing it until his dying day. You will never get a mea culpa from him on anything, and certainly not on Cambodia, which is probably the biggest disgrace of his career.

It's a good read, check it out.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:50 PM | Comments |