The closing lecture also presents questions that Chomsky never answers—mainly one of alternatives.
If any such “alternatives” are by definition unacceptable to any of the parties, then they're not serious ideas.
But the alternatives to war were incoherent under an American administration that really did not put much faith in diplomacy.
To these Russian nose-thumbings, one finger salutes, and social media bullyings, we do have alternatives.
“Online dating is, at its core, a litany of alternatives,” Slater writes.
This left the local organisers both in London and the country with two alternatives.
Of these alternatives only the second can, in reality, be correct.
If all these alternatives are lacking there is the electric flash lamp working with the dry battery.
And the more so as he computed the alternatives of victory or death.
He had done no more than to give the driver his directions; and now that he had arrived, he had the choice of two alternatives.
1580s, "offering one or the other of two," from Medieval Latin alternativus, from Latin alternatus, past participle of alternare (see alternate (v.)). Meaning "purporting to be a superior choice to what is in general use" was current by 1970 (earliest reference is to the media); e.g. alternative energy (1975). Related: Alternatively.
1620s, in rhetoric, from Medieval Latin alternativus (see alternative (adj.)). Of courses of action, from 1814. Of objects, etc., "the other of two which may be chosen," by 1838.