“I’m not going to put up with that nonsense from a black kettle,” said the pot.

With the death of Christopher Hitchens, Noam Chomsky is now the world’s leading putdown artist and it’s fun to watch him go to town. The Tensor put it best when he said that Chomsky’s special mutant power is his ability to win every argument regardless of whether he is right. In this case I think he is right, and his air of calm give-a-fuckness is a delight. The irony is that all the criticisms about Žižek’s vacuousness and posturing apply to his own linguistic work. Noam Chomsky: looks like an intellectual, argues like a lawyer, writes like a literary theorist.

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