Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Powerhouse Left's Eventual Irrelevance?

This summer's Boston Review features two articles by the elderly powerhouses of the New Left -- Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky. It would be no surprise to you all to disclose these two academics have had incredible influence over my political development (just look at the sidebar, "Books That Matter"). Yet I am worried about both Chomsky and Zinn's inability to acknowledge, let alone write about, the very real undeterable risk posed by Islamic fundamentalism. Nevertheless, these two anti-authoritarians have a lot to say about both domestic and foreign policy that is worth listening to. Read Chomsky's essay here and Zinn's essay here and sound off in the comments section. I have to ruminate on these a bit, but I hope to write something integrating what both Chomsky and Zinn hit and miss in these articles while comparing them to last night's address by President Bush.