Noam Chomsky accuses Ron DeSantis of attacking free speech, true history
Piers Morgan Uncensored hosts Noam Chomsky.

Morgan Chomsky
'You have to teach a kind of history which glorifies the United States. Nothing about what actually happened.'

Nonagenarian linguist Noam Chomsky is knocking Florida’s Governor for attacking “freedom of speech.”

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor emeritus expressed his concerns with Ron DeSantis’ changes to Florida educational discourse during an interview with Piers Morgan this week.

“There certainly is an attack on freedom of speech, even freedom to read in the United States,” Chomsky said. “Ron DeSantis is running for president as he just announced. He has imposed regulations, laws in Florida which make it illegal to teach authentic American history. You have to teach a kind of history which glorifies the United States. Nothing about what actually happened.”

DeSantis was especially vocal in his objections to a proposed Advanced Placement African-American Studies course. “Queer theory,” “abolishing prisons,” “social justice,” and “intersectionality” nettled the Governor.

DeSantis said the state prefers to “do history,” which is “just cut-and-dry history.”

“You learn all the basics, you learn about the great figures. And you know, I view it as American history. I don’t view it as separate history. We have history of a lot of different shapes and sizes,” the Governor said in January. “People that have participated to make the country great. People that have stood up when it wasn’t easy. And they all deserve to be taught.”

Chomsky went on to critique the Governor’s focus on abolishing “critical race theory,” asserting that the intellectual genesis for opposition to that on the right came from New College trustee Christopher Rufo.

“What is critical race theory? Does anybody know? Critical race theory is a slogan invented by the right wing and the person who invented it. Rufo has been very open and frank, he says we just use this as a way to refer to everything we hate,” Chomsky contended.

“If you want to know what critical race theory actually is, it’s a small academic discipline which suggests which investigates systematic elements of racism in America, they certainly exist. It’s never reached the schools, schools wouldn’t even know what it is,” Chomsky charged.

“This is invented by the right wing,” Chomsky added, as an attack on “teaching American history” and  “teaching the gender issues.”

“So we’ll call it critical race theory, but it’s a small academic discipline which no one ever heard of until it was picked up primarily by Rufo and then expanded through the Republican Echo Chamber to be some major attack.”

DeSantis prioritized the “Stop WOKE Act,” legislation to quell university treatments of racism, sexism, and related inequalities, but thus far it is failing in federal court. The legislation would ban critical race theory and give parents a cause of action to sue districts promulgating CRT concepts.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


18 comments

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    June 10, 2023 at 1:03 pm

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  • George J Kamburoff

    June 10, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    I am surprised he let us read this. Maybe it got past the censors.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 10, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Chomsky the ”anti-capitalist’ met with pedophile capitalist Jeffrey Epstein dozens of times and Epstein “moved” $270,000 for him . There has NEVER been a Chomsky statement on his decades of “anti everything ” that ever included a solution . He is a stupid old contrarian on a fat MIT capitalist pension talking nonsense (as linguist do) in the rear view mirror .

    • Ed Dot Com 👍

      June 10, 2023 at 2:40 pm

      Noam Chomsky has more intelligence in his fingernail than you have in your whole family line running back to the Stone Age you neo nazi troll. Only on the internet buddy you got something coming and you ain’t gonna like it.

      • Thomas Kaspar

        June 13, 2023 at 9:27 am

        IP Address

    • Ocean Joe

      June 10, 2023 at 3:56 pm

      While I think Chomsky’s a genius, have to agree with Mr. Thomas that he never offers a solution.

      His description of Desantis and Rufo and the manufacture of an imaginary crisis out of nonsense is pretty accurate.

      The solution for that is self evident: electoral defeat and a return to actual conservatism by those on the right which means less government intrusion, not more.

    • Jay

      June 11, 2023 at 6:22 pm

      You obviously no nothing about Noam Chompsky. Start by reading one of his books, that is if you CAN read.
      I’m only going to say this once- If you’re not at least a millionaire and you ever voted for a rethuglican, then you’re too ignorant to vote.

      • Dont Say FLA

        June 13, 2023 at 8:10 am

        Net worth of a million dollars ain’t much these days. That’s your average 45 year old suburban home owning college grad.

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 13, 2023 at 8:21 am

      Thomas have you seen these movies? SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004), Jaws the Revenge (1987), Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Dark Tide (2012), Simon Sez (1999)? If not, and I bet not, why not?

      • Thomas Kaspar

        June 13, 2023 at 9:27 am

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        • Dont Say FLA

          June 14, 2023 at 8:01 am

          Wears a dress.

    • Theresa

      June 21, 2023 at 10:53 am

      And, please do enlighten the public and readers of this political fallacy coming to light, What exactly ARE YOUR CREDENTIALS qualifying you to impose your opinions with obvious limited knowledge, as a factual adjudication of another person’s opinion of the glaring facts sitting in front of all our faces???

      • Thomas Kaspar

        June 21, 2023 at 1:05 pm

        what are yours to question my “facts” ?

  • George J Kamburoff

    June 10, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    More people read his stuff than yours, Tom.

    • Thomas Kaspar

      June 21, 2023 at 1:06 pm

      Eddie Vedder loves him , then there is Scientific American that says he is full of baloney .

  • Linda

    June 10, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    Noam Chomsky is a 94-year-old who has extraordinary academic achievements and many insightful books. One of his interesting writings is Control, a primer on the secret workings of disinformation in democratic societies.

  • Wobbly Willy

    June 11, 2023 at 1:32 am

    Noam Chomsky? Who next, Eugene Debs?

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