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A friend sends this:

i’ve came across a lot of people ridiculing your book for, among other things, writing that “the white male is the jew of liberal fascism,” in the context of your discussion of postmodern theory’s influence in certain liberal circles. then i found this on chomsky’s wikipedia page:

Chomsky has also commented on critiques of “white male science,” stating that they are much like the antisemitic and politically motivated attacks against “Jewish physics” used by the Nazis to denigrate research done by Jewish scientists during the Deutsche Physik movement:

In fact, the entire idea of “white male science” reminds me, I’m afraid, of “Jewish physics.” Perhaps it is another inadequacy of mine, but when I read a scientific paper, I can’t tell whether the author is white or is male. The same is true of discussion of work in class, the office, or somewhere else. I rather doubt that the non-white, non-male students, friends, and colleagues with whom I work would be much impressed with the doctrine that their thinking and understanding differ from “white male science” because of their “culture or gender and race.” I suspect that “surprise” would not be quite the proper word for their reaction.[46]


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