His writings, like Zinn, are pure fiction. The US “interference” stuff is just politically motivated distortions and lies. Central and South America were political basket cases since before the Louisiana Purchase. As I loved asking the Chomsky true believers in the past, why has US “interference” in Mexico been so “successful”, according to them, yet such a “failure” in Canada. Its not like Canada has not been a direct enemy of the US since 1789 and seen as such for most of the first 150 years of the Republic. The US invaded Canada at least twice before there even was a Texas.
They never can explain Canada for some reason.
The political problems of the Spanish Americas over the last 250 years are 95% homegrown. Nothing to do with the Anglos. The whole US “inference” story is almost always held by people who think Mexicans and South Americans must be too simple and stupid not to screw things up by themselves. The actual story is its more a story of different assimilation polices of the indigenous peoples by the Spanish and the Anglos. The Spanish incorporated the Anglos separated. As a result in modern Spanish Americas the higher the percent of mestizo / indio population the greater the inequality and political instability. And has been for the last two hundred years
In person Chomsky is a truly nasty person. I had good friends in the linguistics department of UC Berkley so got to hear all the “industry” gossip. His scholarly reputation is basically zero by this stage, his work in the 60’s being a dead end easily refuted. But his reputation for trying to destroy the academic careers of those who dared cross him was already well established by the mid 1970’s so people learned to steer clear of him until he dies.
My favorite quote about Chomsky was “if you want to see the sort of people who ran the Gulags, the senior NKVD officers, just watch Chomsky speak for a few minutes”. Because that is exactly who Chomsky is. The kind of guy who would run very efficient mass murder machines of millions.
Which is why Chomsky loved the Khmer Rough so much. His sort of people.