Sunday, November 27, 2016

Chomsky Sunday

Here is Noam Chomsky on the rise of Trump. While Tea Party Republicans are likely to be butt-hurt by his comments, he is correct about Trump's intellectual inconsistencies. Chomsky also expresses concern about the growing tensions between NATO and Russia. He is correct that this poses an existential threat to humanity, especially the nations along Russia's border.


I'd add that if there's one lesson the left can learn from its loss in this election, it is that political correctness is a dead end. Safe spaces at college campuses richly deserve ridicule. The nation's overwhelming rejection of sensitivity politics shows that it is a liability in the end. The left should go back to the drawing board and develop more intellectually rigorous and consistent positions. Frankly, it shouldn't be hard to defeat a group of people that rejects evolution and still believes marijuana is as dangerous as crack.

Where I differ from the alt-right is that I believe their views are becoming mainstream and commonplace, and that the time to criticize political correctness was 15 years ago when it was less fashionable and personally riskier. The alt-right, amorphous as it is, will probably end up with the same fate as the vapid ideology it seeks to crush. There is hardly any innovation in the mainstream.

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