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We are all complicit

The world's top public intellectual responds to accusations of dishonesty

By Noam Chomsky   January 2006

I turned with interest to Oliver Kamm’s critique (Prospect, November 2005) of the “crude and dishonest arguments” he attributes to me, hoping to learn something. And learn something I did, though not quite what Kamm intended; rather, about the lengths to which some will go to prevent exposure of state crimes and their own complicity in them.

His substantive charges are as follows. To demonstrate “a particularly dishonest handling of source material,” Kamm alleges that “Chomsky manipulates a self-mocking reference in the memoirs of the then US ambassador to the UN… to yield the conclusion that Moynihan took pride in…

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