Chomsky and Hero Worship

Tom Lehman uswa12 at
Sun Oct 11 17:01:16 PDT 1998

Dear Mike,

Any comment about Chomsky's revision of Adam Smith. Is that too hot of a topic for the pros?

Sincerely, Tom Lehman

michael perelman wrote:

> Bill Lear wrote:
> > Chomsky is very well read in economic matters, and though Michael
> > Perelman claims to have heard Chomsky make a slight error on one occasion, I
> > find his economic foundations to be quite solid.
> My experience was sheparding Chomsky around Chico for a couple of days. Wow! I
> heard a few minor slips on economic matters, but I am supposed to be a
> professional economist. He does not pretend to be.
> Let me tell you about his schedule. I pick him up in the morning. We have three
> 1 1/2 hours seminars: One on current events, one on the media, and one on
> linguistics and philosophy. He held is own with professionals in all these
> disciplines. Then dinner with a bunch of local activists. Then an evening talk;
> then a social and I take him back to his apartment just before midnight. I pick
> him up the next morning and he is talking about the books that he read that
> night. We ran into several people, a few were students, who came up to him to
> speak about their previous correspondence with him. He recalled them and their
> letters. Later he told me that he spends several hours a day on such
> correspondence.
> I cannot imagine anybody else in the world with the agility to move from one
> field to another.
> --
> Michael Perelman
> Economics Department
> California State University
> Chico, CA 95929
> Tel. 530-898-5321
> E-Mail michael at

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