The Anger of Noam Chomsky
A fellow anti-Chomskyte sent me the following article:
Copyright 1994 Globe Newspaper CompanyThe person who emailed me the article has this to say about the article and Chomsky’s spite:
The Boston Globe
HEADLINE: Doing a sales job on Noam's tome;
BYLINE: By Alex Beam, Globe Staff
If you're having a fancy soiree anytime soon, you might do well not to seat Hillel Stavis, the owner of WordsWorth bookstore in Harvard Square, and MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky too close to each other.
Stavis is hardly the only person who finds Chomsky's strident anti-Israeli political pronouncements objectionable; yet unlike many others, he is in a position to do something about it. When you go to WordsWorth in Harvard Square, you will find displayed next to Chomsky's political writings a small chapbook called "The Hidden Alliances of Noam Chomsky, " published by an organization called Americans for Safe Israel. The 39-page pamphlet, written by a retired professor named Werner Cohn, documents Chomsky's public statements defending the work of French academic Robert Faurisson, who is best known for calling Hitler's slaughter of the European Jews a "historical lie" and an "alleged genocide."
Earlier this month, Stavis approached Chomsky at a lecture and said he would try to get the Cohn pamphlet distributed in bookstores across the United States. "He went ballistic, this great defender of free speech called Cohn a neo-Nazi," Stavis recalls. "There's a sinister part to this guy. He's a Jewish self-hater, and he's nuts. You can quote me on that."
In an interview, Chomsky denies that he lost his temper, but confirms that he does regard Cohn to be a neo-Nazi, because he denies freedom of speech to his opponents. "They take my views and lie about them," says Chomsky, who explains that while he defends Faurisson's right to be heard, he is diametrically opposed to the Holocaust denial efforts. As far back as 1969, Chomsky says, "I wrote essay condemning the 'monstrous denials of Hitler's crimes.' Even by entering into the debate about these questions, you've lost your humanity."
As for Stavis, Chomsky bemusedly remembers receiving a letter in which the bookseller indicated he would be donating all profits from sales of Chomsky's books to the Safe Israel committee, and asked the professor if he wanted his name included among the donors. Chomsky never replied, though he appears to be replying now: "I grant Stavis his right to be an ultraright racist and an anti-Arab fanatic."
JUST SO WE ARE ALL CLEAR ABOUT CHOMSKY'S CONCEPTION OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH: IF YOU DISAGREE WITH HIM, YOU ARE DENYING HIM HIS FREEDOM OF SPEECH, AND OF COURSE THAT MAKES YOU A NEO-NAZI. QUITE A LIBERTARIAN, ISN'T HE?How true.