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Won't Noam Chomsky be dancing a jig....

Because his books are banned by the Korean Defence ministry:

"the military has faced increasing public backlash for banning over 20 books for having the potential to undermine military morale and discipline...A total of 23 books, including recent publications by world renowned scholars such as U.S. author and linguist Noam Chomsky and Prof. Chang Ha-joon (1) of Britain's Cambridge University were on the list of books banned by the ministry. They were categorized as either pro-North Korea, anti-government and anti-U.S., or anti-capitalism".

Further detail suggests that they are banned as 'they can hinder soldiers’ concentration'.

There is a lawsuit going on in opposition to this at the moment, but the fact of the ban is more amusing. Which will be counter-productive, obviously.

A bit more digging shows that Chomsky has indeed been transported to ecstacy: "My books were also banned in the Soviet Union, pre-Gorbachev, even technical work on linguistics. I regarded that as an honor, and the same is true when books of mine are banned by others who take Stalin as their guide".

(1) Chang's interests are listed at his Cambridge University page as 'Role of the state in economic change; industrial policy and technology policy; privatisation and regulation; theories of institutions and morality; the East Asian economies; corporate governance'. Nothing about long walks in the country and good food though. Apparently he is of a school of thought that holds that 'economics cannot be separated from the political and social system within which it is embedded'.

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