In this video, Noam Chomsky responds at a recent Q&A at the University of Florida to a 9/11 truther. The participant asks Chomsky about the “scientific consensus” among a small group of engineers about the suspicious collapse of building 7. Chomsky lays out in 7 minutes why this is probably a crock of shit.
“There happen to be a lot of people around who spent an hour on the internet and think they know a lot of physics, but it doesn’t work like that,” Chomsky notes of many 9/11 conspiracy theorist.
“They’re not doing what scientists do when they think they’ve discovered something,” Chomsky responds. If, in fact, engineers have conclusive proof of shenanigans during 9/11, they should write articles, give talks to conferences and so on.
Some will argue, Chomsky says, dissenters are intimidated by a government crackdown on truth-teller. This is bullshit, the long time anarchist and government protester notes. “It’s almost riskless,” Chomsky notes about political activism. Complaining about the government in American academia is literally one of the safest professions around.