Thursday, September 30, 2010

“Confessions of a Holocaust Revisionist.”

** Hello again! Been under the weather, been busy, been distracted. I’m 80 years old. What can I say?

But here I am. A couple three, four things are happening. I’ll get to them one by one. If you tried to call and the telephones didn’t work, it’s because I didn’t pay the Mexican telephone bill. Telnor. If you wrote and I haven't answered, my apologies but ….

What else?

I will only note at this moment that we are submitting our new ad to student newspapers for the 2010/2011 Campus Project. It reads: “Confessions of a Holocaust Revisionist.” That’s the text. All of it. Beneath the simplicity of those few words lies a profound promotional concept. You think maybe not? We'll see.

It’s 11pm. Our house guest, Santiago, working on a table near mine, is listening to Neil Diamond. If I don’t listen too closely, Diamond is okay. Background music.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chomsky condemns French Law used to justify the imprisonment of Vincent Reynouard

Rue89 12.09.2010 (France)

Under the heading "Chomsky dares to re-enter the cesspit of Holocaust denial", the online magazine reports on a open letter by the American linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky, in support of a petition to release the French engineer Vincent Reynouard who is currently in prison for denying the existence of Nazi gas chambers.

In 1979 Chomsky defended the French literary academic Robert Faurrison against the same charges, using the same argument: Holocaust deniers also have the right to freedom of opinion. Whereas the U.S. has no law against Holocaust denial, the French 'loi Gayssot', which has been in place since 1990, punishes not only genocide denial but also racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic talk.

Chomsky writes: "I have been informed that Vincent Reynouard has been charged and imprisoned for violation of the loi Gayssot and that a petition for his release is in circulation. I know nothing about Monsieur Reynouard but I regard this law as an absolutely illegitimate in fringment of the principle of a free society, as it is been understood since the Enlightenment. As a consequence of this law the state has been granted the right to determine historical truth and to punish anyone who opposes its edicts. This is a principle that smacks of the sinister days of Stalinism and Nazism."