Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky was voted to be the most important intellectual in the world. This group is for those who want to learn more about him.

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Noam Chomsky says we're in trouble

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 18, 2017 at 2:27pm

From Alternet:

"Noam Chomsky believes in AlterNet and the key role independent media has in protecting our democracy from the ravages of the right-wing agenda and the corporate dominance of our economy.

Chomsky writes:"

I am constantly asked where to turn to learn about important matters that are ignored, scantily reported, or distorted by prevailing ideological filters in mainstream sources.

One answer that immediately comes to mind is: "Go to AlterNet."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 14, 2017 at 12:49pm
The most significant aspect of the Trump election—and it's not just Trump, it's the whole Republican Party—is their departing from the rest of the world on climate change.
We have this astonishing spectacle of the United States alone in the world not only refusing to participate in efforts to deal with climate change but dedicated to undermining them. It's not just Trump, every single Republican leader is the same.

Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is Still the Most Dangerous Organization in H...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2016 at 5:08pm
It is hard to find words to capture the fact that humans are facing the most important question in their history — whether organized human life will survive in anything like the form we know — and are answering it by accelerating the race to disaster.

Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Comment by TNT666 on December 31, 2011 at 11:04pm

This is odd... in the group listing page, we can read that the latest activity here was Dec.21, 2011, yet, I can find no activity for a few months... How does that work?

Comment by Daniel on July 31, 2011 at 6:40am
In addition to youtube, Grooveshark has many items from Chomsky.
Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on November 12, 2010 at 11:13am
"As for politically engaged linguists, I will have to stretch my memory to see who else there might be, but it will take some effort.'

You might try "Language and Politics" Edited by John Joseph whose blurb incudes:

"The intrinsic link between language and politics has long been recognized (for example, Aristotle wrote ‘… that man is more of a political animal than bees or any other gregarious animals is evident. Nature, as we often say, makes nothing in vain, and man is the only animal whom she has endowed with the gift of speech’ (Politics, 1, 2)). It remains a broad, flourishing, and highly contested area of academic study. On the one hand, it analyses how politicians use language, applying approaches which range from traditional rhetoric to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). On the other hand, it is also concerned with the political dimension that is arguably inherent in the use of all language.

Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on November 12, 2010 at 10:51am
It is probably better to say that Chomsky deconstructs others arguments and positions than being a Deconstructionist.

I've heard him say kinder things about Anarchists than most. For example there are thins in his interveiw with Tom Lane
ZNet, December 23, 1996 called "On Anarchism" in which he cautions that it is difficult to predict what particular forms a more just social organization will take, or even to know for sure what alternatives to the current system are ideal. Only experience can show us the best answers to these questions, he says. What should guide us along the way are a general set of principles which will underly whatever specific forms our future society will take. For Chomsky, those principles arise from the historical trend of thought and action known as anarchism.

Comment by Ralph Dumain on November 12, 2010 at 9:39am
Chomsky is not a deconstructionist, and I'm sure despises everything connected with deconstructionism. Chomsky is a radical who doesn't have much use for liberals, as he opposed them as an anti-war activist during the Vietnam era. Lakoff on the other hand is a mainstream liberal. As for politically engaged linguists, I will have to stretch my memory to see who else there might be, but it will take some effort.
Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on November 12, 2010 at 9:23am
Chomsky is a very informed deconstructionist. Is there another of him on the horizon? Hard to say, perhaps people can suggest candidates.

One tradition that seems to hold up is that some people who study language have a passion about it that travels from the academic to the public arena. George Lakoff, for example, works on Cognitive Linguistics which is well distinct from Chomsky's syntactic approach, and he has been very vocal on the issue of how political issues are framed and how language is distorted.
Comment by Daniel on October 29, 2010 at 11:49pm
Called it...


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