Noam Chomsky

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Noam Chomsky
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Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic, and activist. He is an Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years. In addition to his work in linguistics, he has written on war, politics, and mass media, and is the author of over 100 books. According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992, and was the eighth most cited source overall. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and he was voted the ... more »

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  • ''Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.''
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. For Reasons of State, introduction (1973).
  • The basic idea which runs right through modern history and modern liberalism is that the public has got to be marginalized. The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsid...
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. Interview in Guardian (London, November 23, 1992).
  • The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human...
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. repr. In For Reasons of State (1973). "Language and Freedom," (1970). lecture, delivered...
  • Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits...
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. lecture, delivered Jan. 1970, at Loyola University, Chicago. "Language and Freedom," publish...
  • ''Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world.''
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. mathematical linguist, philosopher, psychologist, political critic. Language and Mind, p. 66 (1968). A part of the au...
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