Earlier this month, Noam Chomsky was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. Inter alia, this means that he’ll be coming Down Under in November. His first and only previous visit was in January 1995 (which included an address to the Visions of Freedom anarchist conference, later published as ‘Goals and Visions’ in Power & Prospects, to which now Timor Leste government minister Agio Pereira provides a Foreword).
Not surprisingly, the decision to award Chomsky the Peace Prize has its critics, and Chomsky himself has been subjected to all the usual criticisms. Ted Lapkin, a research fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, accuses Uncle Noam of being ethically perverted and an apologist for genocide, specifically inre Pol Pot’s regime. (See also : Chomsky peace award blasted, Matthew Miller, The Australian, June 3, 2011; Ideologue on a peace pedestal, Stephen Matchett, The Australian, June 3, 2011.) Stuart Rees, Director of The Sydney Peace Foundation, reckons Lapkin’s attack is bollocks.
I tend to agree.
On Chomsky’s apologetics for genocide in Cambodia:
On Chomsky’s ‘anti-Americanism’:
On Chomsky, Chávez, and Capitalist Pigs:
Chomsky as Chávez’s Clown / Chomsky en bufón de Chávez (December 6, 2009) | Chomsky the Capitalist Pig (December 5, 2009).
On the history of Jewish anarchists in the United States and the Yiddish anarchist newspaper Fraye Arbeter Shtime:
See also : Windschuttle makes a fool of himself over Chomsky − again, Ed Lewis, Ozleft, June 4, 2011 | Anarchism: in defense of an ideal, Cornelius, Real Deal Economics, June 3, 2011.