*BURP*

Instapunk challenges Noam Chomsky to a duel:

[Noam Chomsky is] a professor of linguistics at MIT, widely regarded as the preeminent genius of his field. He is also an amateur political scientist, which has made him a longtime mouthpiece of the far left. This is supposed to entitle him to what I call the Borrowed Universal Respect Privilege (BURP), much in vogue among liberals since the late 1960s, and since I do not subscribe to its rationale, I should explain what it is and why I reject it before proceeding to what will be perceived as mean-spirited vitriol in my discussion of this clown.

BURP insists upon us the notion that a person who has attained renown and acclaim in one field automatically possesses sufficient ‘gravitas’ to be accorded a respectful hearing in other fields. For example, Rob Reiner has made successful movies, he has played a sixties liberal counterpoint to the ultimate conservative bigot Archie Bunker, and therefore, when he speaks out on contemporary political and social issues, we should regard him as a pertinent voice[…]. By the same logic, I could argue that Michael Jordan should be credible as a Wall Street analyst, and Luciano Pavorotti should be qualified to manage the New York Yankees. It’s remotely possible, of course, but highly unlikely.[…]

…I’m willing to conclude the Chomsky discussion with the theory that he is [a] phony BURP intellectual[…]. On this basis, I am prepared to publicly debate Noam Chomsky on any subject, at any place, at any time. I throw down the challenge because I am here, in this place, declaring him a narcissistic pseudo-intellectual lacking the authority to speak on any subject.

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer leftist jerk. Go read the whole thing — it’s all good. (For space I chopped out a huge chunk from the middle at the ellipses. Oh, and even more from the beginning and end. Just go! Geez…)

Oh, and just for the posterity:

Borrowed Universal Respect Privilege (or Principle) (a.k.a. “BURP”)
n.: The notion that a person who has attained renown and acclaim in one field automatically possesses sufficient ‘gravitas’ to be accorded a respectful hearing in other (esp. unrelated) fields.

I’ll have to remember that one.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

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