Wolfe: ...I make a distinction between intellectuals and people of intellectual achievement.This is an inane critique of Chomsky's writings on Vietnam. It is filled with references to sources, including official government documents.
Cole: Who are intellectuals?
Wolfe: An intellectual feeds on indignation and really can't get by without it. The perfect example is Noam Chomsky. When Chomsky was merely the most exciting and most looked-to and, in many ways, the most profound linguist in this country if not the world, he was never spoken of as an American intellectual. Here was a man of intellectual achievement. He was not considered an intellectual until he denounced the war in Vietnam, which he knew nothing about. Then he became one of America's leading intellectuals. He remains one until this day, which finally has led to my definition of an intellectual: An intellectual ia a person who is knowledgeable in one field but speaks out only in others.
According to Tom Wolfe, Chomsky didn't know anything about Vietnam.
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