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He was interviewed by the BBC last night, I believe, and he had some pretty remarkable things to say...

Interviewer: "You've called the Republican Party 'the most dangerous organisation on Earth'...

Chomsky: "... in human history".

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He's almost as irrelevant as finkelstein.
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Wow I didn't realise he's still alive.
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He has moved his replies into a type 4 all of his own.
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(Original post by Dodgypirate)
He was interviewed by the BBC last night, I believe, and he had some pretty remarkable things to say...

Interviewer: "You've called the Republican Party 'the most dangerous organisation on Earth'...

Chomsky: "... in human history".

Context.

The biggest threat to the planet is climate change. That's just a fact. (However much you will no doubt pretend that it's a myth because Trump said so).
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Context.

The biggest threat to the planet is climate change. That's just a fact.
Well, no. The planet will carry on as it has for billions of years. It has survived there being no oxygen in the atmosphere and only one continent. Life has arisen, been largely lost, and risen again.

The biggest threat to humanity is climate change (and radical Islam).
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Well, no. The planet will carry on as it has for billions of years. It has survived there being no oxygen in the atmosphere and only one continent. Life has arisen, been largely lost, and risen again.

The biggest threat to humanity is climate change (and radical Islam).
Of course radical Islam is a threat but nothing like the threat of climate change.
It's not jingoistic to tackle climate change though so we don't.
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Well, no. The planet will carry on as it has for billions of years. It has survived there being no oxygen in the atmosphere and only one continent. Life has arisen, been largely lost, and risen again.

The biggest threat to humanity is climate change (and radical Islam).
And possibly nuclear war/annihilation?
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And possibly nuclear war/annihilation?
Nah. That is much further away (except for North Koreans, though that would not be a planet-wide problem) than at any time since the Cuba crisis.
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I wish he'd stick to linguistics.
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(Original post by Dodgypirate)
He was interviewed by the BBC last night, I believe, and he had some pretty remarkable things to say...

Interviewer: "You've called the Republican Party 'the most dangerous organisation on Earth'...

Chomsky: "... in human history".


I'd got the sound off. Wasn't he just being hyperbolic for the rhetoric?
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People using exaggeration to make a point? Surely not!
- particularly on Newsnight!
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He wanted Hillary to win LOL
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Radical Islam isn't a threat. The more radical something is, the more obviously threatening it is to others, and the more likely it is to be countered.
If this is true the process still involves threat as a necessary element, so this statement isn't even internally consistent.
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Fair enough
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I liked Chomsky better when he was deriding Derrida and explaining to us all that the Khmer Rouge were nothing to be concerned about.
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