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Calling all Chomskyites

February 24th, 2006

David Horowitz is holding a competition where you get to vote for America’s worst (ie most dangerously leftwing) professor. In the true spirit of laissez-faire, there’s none of this “one person, one vote” nonsense. It’s vote early, vote often and bots are just as welcome as humans. As a result, “Marvellous Michael” Bérubé is outpolling all other contenders combined, with 130 000 votes.

I’m a big Bérubé supporter myself, but I think it’s kind of unfair that someone like Noam Chomsky (659 votes), who’s devoted his life to annoying the likes of Horowitz, should be lagging so far behind just because his fans can’t be bothered programming a few bots. So get your noses out of Syntactic Structures and start coding.

Update 26/2 Perhaps my call has been heeded. Chomsky has rocketed to #5 on the list with over 30000 votes. He’s gaining fast on historian Eric Foner whose crime, I believe, is to point out that the Reconstruction era was not, as generations of Southern historians had claimed, an orgy of corruption, but was in fact a period of democratic reform brought to an end by Ku Klux Klan terrorism. FPM attacks Reconstruction here.

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  1. brian
    February 25th, 2006 at 00:43 | #1

    I was suprised to see that Juan Cole and his splendid website”Informed Comment ” was well behind the leaders . As for Horowitz he would certainly be amongst my top picks in any “Awful Zionist ” Poll!.. along with Daniel Pipes,who when not writing paens of praise to Sharon et.al ,directs a McCarthyist organisation called “Campus Watch”,which urges the reporting of academics who give an objective view of the Middle East,instead of the usual cowering before Israel which Pipes requires .

  2. February 25th, 2006 at 03:29 | #2

    This blog has doubled the number of professors I can name. Previously I had only heard of Professor Julius Sumner-Miller.

    Parochial me is unable to name a single US professor.

  3. avaroo
    February 25th, 2006 at 09:46 | #3

    Not surprising, steve. How many Americans could name an Australian professor?

    I somewhat expect university profs to be leftwing. And no doubt most are, at least in the US but how that’s “dangerous” I don’t know. Honestly, how many profs are all that influential outside of academic circles? (no offense intended to anyone)

  4. February 25th, 2006 at 10:24 | #4

    The problem is that the Chomskybot is a little preoccupied at the moment.

  5. February 25th, 2006 at 12:57 | #5

    If I were one of those bot programmers, I’d think it much more amusing to program a bot to vote for Daniel Pipes. But that’s just me.

  6. February 26th, 2006 at 00:54 | #6

    I’m working on it… NC is on 6th place already :) stupid site

  7. Savvas Tzionis
    February 27th, 2006 at 11:37 | #7

    I read Pipes book on the history of Conspiracy and he threw in the line that JFK was shot by Oswald and Oswald only, there was no conspiracy.

    Yet, he provided not one piece of evidence to back his theory up.

    Isn’t it fair that he should? Or have I been watching too many Oliver Stone movies?

  8. Razor
    February 27th, 2006 at 12:11 | #8

    Savvas – I’m pretty sure that a reconstruction of the shooting in the last couple of years demonstrated that Oswald was the only shooter.

  9. Adams
    February 27th, 2006 at 13:11 | #9

    I’ve racked up several thousand votes, but this website is really slow. The first and second place have stagnated now. They must have stopped their bots. If we keep it up Chomsky will win second in about 5 hours and first place in about 30. :p

  10. Ed
    February 28th, 2006 at 08:23 | #10

    Who cares who killed Kennedy. He killed millions himself.

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