One of the most positive social and impactful movements of 2017 was the #MeToo movement. It has begun a sudden revival in the 21st Century Feminist movement and it has had profound effects on societies worldwide. What do you think of it?
I think it grows out of a real and serious and deep problem of
social pathology. It has exposed it and brought it to attention, brought
to public attention many explicit and particular cases and so on. But I
think there is a danger. The danger is confusing allegation with
demonstrated action. We have to be careful to ensure that allegations
have to be verified before they are used to undermine individuals and
their actions and their status. So as in any such effort at uncovering
improper, inappropriate and sometimes criminal activities, there always
has to be a background of recognition that there’s a difference between
allegation and demonstration.
-----Noam Chomsky April 17, 2018