World-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky has been pushing change in language, politics and culture for decades. The controversial expert on modern language explains why "the smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum."
Larry Bensky is a literary and political journalist with more than forty years experience in both print and broadcast media, as well as a teacher and long-time political activist. He is well known for his work with Pacifica Radio station KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California, and for the many nationally-broadcast hearings he anchored for the Pacifica network.
A native of New York City, Bensky graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1954 and, with departmental honors, from Yale University, where he was managing editor of the Yale Daily News. He is married and has one daughter.
Noam Chomsky, a professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, is the author of numerous books on U.S. foreign policy, including American Power and the New Mandarins, Political Economy of Human Rights (two volumes, written with Edward Herman), Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians, and Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World. His most recent books are Failed States and Perilous Power.
Linguist Noam Chomsky expresses concern that American listeners are consuming the "crazy content" broadcast by right-wing media outlets as "substantive" -- answers to why the rich liberals running the country do not care about people in the flyover states.
What comes to mind, Chomsky says, is late Wiemar Germany. "There were people with real grievances...the Nazis gave them an answer."
"Campaign funding is a remarkable predictor of election, and also of policy," says controversial political activist Noam Chomsky. He asserts that the Supreme Court is currently considering a lawsuit that would allow corporations to "buy elections directly, instead of indirectly."
(born Dec. 7, 1928, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.) U.S. linguist, philosopher, and political activist. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955, the same year he joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Chomsky takes the proper object of study for linguistics to be the mentally represented grammars that constitute the native speaker's knowledge of his language and the biologically innate language faculty, or universal grammar, that enables the developmentally normal language learner, as a child, to construct a grammar of the language to which he is exposed. For Chomsky, the ultimate goal of linguistic science is to develop a theory of universal grammar that provides a descriptively adequate grammar for any natural language given only the kind of primary linguistic data available in the social environments of children. This imperative has motivated the gradual refinement of Chomskyan linguistic theory from the early transformational grammar of the 1950s and '60s to the Minimalist Program of the 1990s and beyond. A self-described libertarian socialist, Chomsky has written numerous books and lectured widely on what he considers the antidemocratic character of American capitalism and its pernicious influence on the country's politics and foreign policy, mass media, and academic and intellectual culture. See alsogenerative grammar.
SNS, Schlessinger is just mad Chomsky doesn't faun over the Camelot myth.
burke, watch it again. The "indignation" (what?) was that they had been abandoned by 'the left' - no one had gone and engaged them despite pretty common ground, leaving them ripe pickings for demagogues and corporate PR.
Their political activism, such as it is, is to unwittingly protect the very same institutions that are responsible for their terrible situation. So your argument is a little hollow.
So let me get this straight, Chomsky is indignated not that the public and audience are under the influence of an entity which according to him fuels their anger and gives them reasons for political activism, instigates them and they act like sheep (the Limbaugh & Savage segment); no he is indignated that these people are not representing the left and their activism which he confuses with ideology is not on his side.
I have seen many of his talks and have read his essays but I see something troubling here, judging from D. Rushkoff's recent blunders, and other confusions; that media theorists just cant keep up with the current progress in information. Chomsky is from a generation when things were more black and white, he should re-think everything. He sounds too much like a bizarro Limbaugh: the right-wingers, Reagan did it , Reagan did it. It's 2009 ffs.
I think that Kennedy's historian and friend Arthur Schlessinger summed it up in saying of Chomsky that "it has long been impossible to take anything he says seriously" and adding "One can only conclude that Chomsky's idea of the responsibility of an intellectual is to forswear reasoned analysis, indulge in moralistic declamation, fabricate evidence when necessary and shout, always at the top of one's voice."
That pretty much nails it.
Thats an interesting take on some vague ideas about Universal Healthcare or some nebulous suggestions of progressive taxation turbobrain, some questions:
Where were these angry people during Dubyas taxcuts for the rich, PATRIOT ACT, the invasion & occupation of Afganistan and Iraq for just four examples?
If its nothing to do with any rightwing agenda, then why are the groups organising this funded by and the people organising and speaking in the media from the same rightwing think tanks/policy groups paid for by the healthcrare industry or rich folk who think they dont have to pay taxes?
Its hard to not see a connection.
I think the idea that people are responding to extreme right wing media is off the mark. People are angry because the government is running right over them with no consideration for ethics or the constitution. People should not tolerate this and should fight back, this is what we are seeing. It is not organized by the right wing media. It is called the liberty movement! And it is all over the country.