On the cyclic nature of History

The famous debate between William F. Buckley Jr., the alleged the father of the conservative renaissance in America, and Noam Chomsky, social scientist and democrat.

Buckley tries to substitute accurate historical knowledge with mockery. Chomsky knows what he is talking about, and his points are logical

It is difficult to decide who won the debate in the end. Although Buckley’s ignorance made him look like a fool in most of the debate, America ended up embracing his republican views in the decades to come.

Meanwhile, Chomsky became an increasingly famous activist and neglected academic.

That is, Buckley’s ignorance became mainstream and Chomsky’s pristine ethics and accuracy went underground.

Fast forward to the 2008 US Presidential Elections. Christopher Buckley (William F.’ son and speech writer for George Bush) announces he is voting for Obama and gets kicked out of the conservative journal founded by his father.

This story sounds like a paragraph by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, this great chronicler of the American saga.


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