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The Limits of Discourse : As Demonstrated by Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky : Sam Harris

For decades, Noam Chomsky has been one of the most prominent critics of U.S. foreign policy, and the further left one travels along the political spectrum, the more one feels his influence. Although I agree with much of what Chomsky has said about the misuses of state power, I have long maintained that his political views, where the threat of global jihadism is concerned, produce dangerous delusions. In response, I have been much criticized by those who believe that I haven’t given the great man his due.

Last week, I did my best to engineer a public conversation with Chomsky about the ethics of war, terrorism, state surveillance, and related topics. As readers of the following email exchange will discover, I failed. I’ve decided to publish this private correspondence, with Chomsky’s permission, as a cautionary tale. Clearly, he and I have drawn different lessons from what was, unfortunately, an unpleasant and fruitless encounter. I will let readers draw lessons of their own.

via The Limits of Discourse : As Demonstrated by Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky : Sam Harris.

An interesting discussion, and worth reading.

It seems that the “old atheism”, that of the Bolsheviks, was associated with left-wing politics, whereas the “new atheism” of Harris, Hitchins et all, is linked to the politics of the right.

Now all we need is some sociological or anthropological studies to come up with some reasons for this.

 

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