Noam Chomsky, Speaking to William F. Buckley, Defends Passion in Politics

And Chomsky thinks that it is the passive, the indifferent, and the calmly rational who are scary. He was talking, of course, at the time of the Vietnam War:

The irony of this clip is that it is now conservatives, and not those who are liberals, or those on the Left, who are most characteristically rambunctious and passionate in their politics. Liberals (like me), now enjoying a liberal government in power, tend to council calm and good order and rational dialogue, and to think of those alarmed about the country’s direction, or about Barack Obama in particular, as hysterics. I wonder if Chomsky, today, finds people like me scary, or people in the teabag party crowd scary, or if he finds all of us scary.

I’m scaring myself.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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