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Wed Jan 4, 2012, 08:02 PM

159. Ron Paul, and Chomsky too

Not only are Greenwald and Ron Paul kindred spirits, but so are Greenwald and Noam Chomsky, for whom Greenwald has professed admiration. Greenwald's writing is consciously crafted after Chomsky's -- I mean the style, as well as some of the themes -- and Greenwald's defense of Hale was essentially his American attempt to recapitulate Chomsky's "free speech" defense of the French Holocaust-denier Robert Faurisson. That comparison may serve further to confuse people by associating Greenwald with "progressivism", but besides stylistic and rhetorical tics and putrid intellectual hygine, Greenwald and Chomsky primarily share antipathy toward the US, the West and Israel rising from passionate inverse exceptionalism -- i.e., "our side" is always "as bad or worse" and it is our solemn civic duty to declaim this.

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