"but his political writings and speeches, in which he bluntly and acerbically attacks any government that he thinks deserves it, have made him unpopular both inside and outside the United States" Ed. In fact, one of the strongest factors of the opposition to Chomsky is his quasi-religious world-wide popularity. Chomsky himself often criticizes his unconditional partisans for lacking basic understanding of his political thought (cf. his response to French intellectuals). As for the controversy of this political thought, the opposition of Chomsky to the hegemony of state is shared by far more scholars than one could think reading this editorial. Chomsky's difference is rather in his active political position, whereas many other public intellectuals either see the totalitarism of state as a necessary evil or reduce their opposition to the scholarly domain unfamiliar to the wide public. At any rate, it's hard to think of better way to illustrate in practice his ideas and to contribute to Chomsky's popularity than denying him entry on behalf of "the state".
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from the article: Declaring war on the intellect - Israel and Noam Chomsky