Monday, June 16, 2008

Buckley vs Chomsky

I found the debate below fascinating. It’s William F. Buckley debating Noam Chomsky in 1969, each respectively the voice of their generation for conservatism and liberalism. It’s a bit long (18 minutes), but well worth the time:

Three observations:

  1. It is refreshing to watch two people with such diametrically opposed opinions be so civil with each other. I forget what the world was like before Limbaugh and O’Reilly starting peeing all over it.
  2. It is interesting how very relevant this debate is to today’s political context. For example, Chomsky’s observation that he knows of no real case of “disinterested” military action that does not benefit (economically or otherwise) the nation that is doing the invading.
  3. Chomsky seems to win most debating points brought up by Buckley. It makes me wonder: Does civilized discourse favor liberals or is Chomsky just a lot better debater than Buckley?

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