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Noam Chomsky Gets 'Invisible Hand' Concept Completely Backwards

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One of the running gags in Canadian playwright Jason Sherman's controversial 1995 work Reading Hebron sees its overwhelmingly liberal Jewish characters regularly sighing, "Ah... Chomsky..." with the kind of ecstatic reverence you'd expect from Catholic saints in the midst of a mystical trance.

The play is still semi-regularly revived, and I doubt any dramaturge has felt it necessary to single out that line as anachronistic.

"Progressive" Jews (and gentiles, and atheists) still think o Noam Chomsky as a secular prophet, despite (or because of) the Right's thorough debunking of many of his predictions and prescriptions.

Unpopular opinion alert: Chomsky's not all bad.

He was on the right side of the Great Canadian Hate Speech Wars.

And asking why it takes 90 minutes longer to get from Boston to New York than it did in 1970 is more than reasonable.

(Although I suspect his solution might not be...)

However, one of Chomsky's recent speeches has just been uploaded to YouTube, and one of my fellow Canadian bloggers, Richard Klagsbrun, is tearing into it with relish, as you'll see on the next page. (Language warning.)