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  •  Throw in his defense (none)
    Of Holocaust deniers and the picture really gets ugly.
    •  it is interesting. . . (none)
      . . .that both Hitchens and his arch-nemesis, Chomsky, would both fall under the category of "defenders of holocaust deniers."

      Chomsky, anyway, does not defend the deniers as individuals, nor does he defend their ludicrous theories. . . in fact the only thing he defends is their right of free speech.  It is his view that  allowing them to say what they do openly is the best way to insure that their half-baked theories are firmly rebutted in public forums (instead of slowly spreading and festering below the surface).

      I'm not sure if Chomsky is right, strategically speaking.  But that's his position.  

      What about Hitchens?  

      "Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do." -Voltaire

      by Nate Roberts on Wed Feb 09, 2005 at 08:00:24 AM PST

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      •  Chomsky Defends 100% Free Speech (none)
        Chomsky doesn't defend the Holocaust, but he defends the right of free speech for people who want to deny the Holocaust. Right-wingers love to manipulate this into making people believe Chomsky defends the denial of the Holocaust itself. Nothing could be further from the truth. Chomsky has spent his life speaking out against mass murder.

        A similar trick is pulled when liberals vote against a law to make flag burning illegal. While you may not agree with flag burning, people should have the right to perform the flag burning act in a free country. So a vote against the right to burn flags is twisted into a vote for flag burning itself.

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