Chomsky and His Critics | by Ian Hacking | The New York Review of BooksImage by Andrew Rusk, via Wikimedia Commons. Whether those policies come from nominally liberal or conservative administrations, Chomsky asserts time and again that they ultimately serve the needs of elites at the expense of masses of people at home and abroad who pay the very dear cost of perpetual wars over resources and markets. In his book On Anarchism , Chomsky leaves little room for equivocation in his assessment of the role elites play in maintaining a state apparatus that suppresses popular movements:. If it is plausible that ideology will in general serve as a mask for self-interest, then it is a natural presumption that intellectuals, in interpreting history or formulating policy, will tend to adopt an elitist position, condemning popular movements and mass participation in decision making, and emphasizing rather the necessity for supervision by those who possess the knowledge and understanding that is required so they claim to manage society and control social change. This excerpt is but one minute example of Chomsky's fiercely independent stance against abuse of power in all its forms and his tireless advocacy for popular social movements.
Noam Chomsky - The Tolerated Critics
Chomsky and His Critics
With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. In this compelling volume, ten distinguished thinkers -- William G. Distinguished list of critics: William G. Includes Chomsky's substantial new replies and responses to each essay.
Its contributors criticize Chomsky's political and linguistic writings, arguing that he cherry-picks facts to fit his theories. The historian Keith Windschuttle , in a review in the conservative magazine New Criterion , states that "Collier, Horowitz, and their six other authors have produced a book that has long been needed. It provides a penetrating coverage of the disgraceful career of a disgraceful but very influential man, who has so far avoided a criticism as thoroughgoing as this. The English professor Mark Bauerlein , in a generally positive review in the libertarian magazine Reason , claims that "Collier and Horowitz understand well the manufactured reality of political fame, and to dismantle it requires not contrary vitriol or clever rejoinders but direct, fact-based assertions that undermine the authenticity of the image. To that end, the contributors follow a simple procedure: Quote actual statements by Chomsky and test them for evidence and logic. The best contributions to the volume add the effective and timely tactic of citing Chomsky's progressive virtues and revealing how smoothly he abandons them.
Noam Chomsky - Neoliberalism & the Global Order (Full Talk - Original Upload)
Welcome sign in sign up. Noam Chomsky; drawing by David Levine From time to time, ever since Plato, grammar has been more than the bane of schoolchildren or a topic for scholars. It owes its present prominence outside linguistics to some theses stated twenty-five years ago by Noam Chomsky. There is, he said, a universal grammar common to all human languages. Children are born with it: their inheritance explains the ease with which they pick up the language they hear around them. Universal grammar is like an organ of the body whose structure is genetically determined. It is a characteristic of the human mind and an essential part of the discontinuity between people and beasts.