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Criticism A Duty of Citizenship

Kris Schnee is clearly, as anyone else in this university (and hopefully this country), entitled to his own political views. However, when it comes to criticizing someone else’s, as in the case of his recent column Professor Chomsky’s, a few precautions must be taken. In any true democracy, citizens have rights and duties. One of these duties, though it is often forgotten, is that of criticism. No democracy can expect to survive uncorrupted if its citizens do not look critically at their government, and voice their concerns. Professor Chomsky is an exemplary citizen and democrat in his thoughtful and scholarly criticism of this country’s government. Attacking someone as not being a patriot for the mere sin of being critical of the government is a tactic used only under dictatorships or tyrannies (or in this very country under McCarthyism), not an attack one wants to see in one of the country’s top university newspapers.

Julia K. Steinberger G