That seems pretty clear that he considers intentions to have no value when determining ethics... regardless of the fact that it is not the "professed" intentions, but actual intentions that color the ethical situation, and both sides of a conflict could in fact be arguing an ethical/ moral case (I am not a subscriber to the concept of objective morality). I don't know how someone could read that differently such that Chomsky comes around to saying intentions do matter.
...and I gotta say, I agree with Harris (again)... I had to read Chomsky's replies to Harris multiple times just to make sure he wasn't answering what was a simple question Harris was asking. Using 1000 words to not say something is definitely a weird trick in my book.
For the hat trick, while the Affleck thing was a bit of an oversimplification, the tactic used is absolutely the same psychological ploy: demonization. It works, and Affleck/ Chomsky both did it.
Also, I think Harris' referral to a "perfect weapon" has to include knowing who and where your enemy is; I'm not clear what would be considered a "better" weapon given the non-perfect state of weaponry these governments have at their disposal.
Companies should not have rights. Companies are public legal organizations, not people. They have no independence from their owners. Unless we start to levy "person trafficking" charges on business owners, we need to recognize companies for what they are... a legal contract with the State, and not a "person" with inalienable rights.
As such, the State should not be restricted in any way from regulating how a company behaves. If the owner doesn't like the rules, he/ she can sell or dissolve the company.
Among the many enumerated rights in the Constitution, nowhere does the right to own and conduct a business appear. It's time we stopped assuming that it did.
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