Chomsky on the Web
- Noam Chomsky's MIT Homepage. Includes, among
other useful information, a snail mail address
for contacting the professor as well
as his email address. There's also
listing of his linguistics publications. Otherwise,
not much info here, unless you're interested in his office
~Noam Chomsky's MIT Office Number (2007)
Chomsky: a Life of Dissent
- The MIT Bookstore's e-book online biography.
"I was very active in all sorts of left Zionist (what would
now be called "anti-Zionist") mostly Hebrew-speaking "groups,"
but the groups scarcely merited the name, and I was pretty much
a loner even in them. Later, I was part of a lot of movement activities
(like Resist), and took part in tons of things, but usually in
my own way. I've often been close to radical Christians, for example,
and have found much of what they did inspiring all right (even
stayed in the Jesuit house when I visited Managua). But it would
be absurd to say I was part of such communities." -- Noam
- ZNet Blog Space:
- Noam Chomsky's blog, hosted by ZNet.
New entries every few days or so,
and ZNet Sustainers can (and do) enter comments on any entry.
During his years in office, Reagan was not particularly popular.
Gallup just published poll figures comparing him during office
with other presidents. His average ratings during his years in
office were below Kennedy, Johnson, Bush I, and Clinton; above
Nixon, Ford, Carter. This is averages during their terms in office.
By 1992 he was ranked just next to Nixon as the most unpopular
living ex-president. Since then there has been an immense PR campaign
to convert him into a revered and historic figure, if not semi-divine,
and it's doubtless had an effect,
- -- Noam Chomsky, June 10, 2004
Noam Chomsky Website
- This site is authorised by Noam to be the official online archive
and directory of his work. To say that it is exhaustive as a
record of Chomsky's record would overstate the reality, however,
getting through all the information indexed by and catalogued
on this site would be truly exhausting. Includes: Books, Talks, Articles, Debates, Audio
and Video, On
Chomsky, Interviews, Letters and Bios. From
one entry in the Bios section:
Alongside his career as a linguist, Chomsky has been active in
left-wing politics. In 1965 he organized a citizen's committee
to publicize tax refusal in protest to the war in Vietnam; four
years later he published his first book on politics American
Power and the New Mandarins. By the 1980's he had become both
the most distinguished figure of American linguistics and one
of the most influential left-wing critics of American foreign
policy. He has been extremely prolific as a writer: his web-site
in 2003 listed 33 book publications in linguistics (broadly construed),
and although the individuation of his political books is complicated,
their number definitely exceeds 40. According to a 1992 tabulation
of sources from the previous 12 years in the Arts and Humanities
Citation Index, Chomsky was the most frequently-cited person
alive, and one of the eight most frequently-cited authors of
- -- Zoltán Gendler
:: Noam Chomsky
- The Wikipedia Free
Encyclopedia is an exquisite result of the internet. Another
very good, balanced Wikipedia page. Includes discussion of his
linguistics contributions, his criticism of post-modernism and
his political dissidence and theory. In addition to this generally
informative page Wikipedia also offers Politics
of Noam Chomsky, a fuller exploration of the professor's
political activism, and Criticism
of Noam Chomsky, explores some of the many critiques of Chomsky's
political and philosophical writings and talks.
Chomsky is one of the most well-known figures of the American
left. His traditional definition of himself is a anarchist, a
political philosophy he summarizes as seeking out all forms of
hierarchy and attempting to eliminate them if they are unjustified.
Unlike many anarchists, Chomsky does not always object to electoral
politics; he has even endorsed candidates for office. Chomsky
has also stated that he considers himself to be a conservative
(Chomsky's Politics, p. 188, note Ch.6 #24), presumably of the
Classical liberal variety. He has further defined himself as a
Zionist; although, he notes that his definition of Zionism is
considered by most to be anti-Zionism these days; the result of
what he perceives to have been a shift (since the 1940s) in the
meaning of Zionism (Chomsky Reader)
- -- Wikipedi
- A promotional 'cover letter' for the documentary film, by Mark
Achbar and Peter Wintonick. This page comes from a fairly exhaustive
listing of Prominent
Anarchists and Left-Libertarians on the Blackened Flag site,
a resourceful anarchist site supporting a number of Chomsky pages
and links. EG: Noam
Chomsky on Anarchism, Marxism & Hope for the Future
Though Chomsky was once described in The New York Times Book Review
as "arguably the most important intellectual alive," in the film,
he is quick to deflate the pomposity of that claim. He is simply
a man with the moral courage to state his beliefs openly, aligning
his values and visions with the so-called "ordinary" person. Now,
more than ever, these are qualities necessary to preserve a civil
society-of which public broadcasting is a major component.
Type Transcript: Noam Chomsky "9-11" Interview April 16,
From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with programming both
in radio and on television.
The link above is to a text transcript. YouTube also has a two part video of the interview ( I II ).
CBC: It's no great secret that we function by self-interest. Self-interest
is part of foreign policy. We're here to protect our policy, protect
the interests of our policy, in this case of the Americans.
NC: Was the self-interest the American people served by slaughters
in Southeastern Turkey, or by destroying Vietnam, or by turning
El Salvador and Guatemala into cemeteries? Was the self-interest
of the American people served by that? No.The self-interest
served by that is foreign policy elites and the power-centers
they represent, which are not protecting the American people,
they're protecting their own power, profit, dominance and hegemony,
like others around the world.
- Audio and Video tapes of Chomsky lectures, etc., for sale. You'll
find some Real Audio clips and text transcripts as well, and some
reviews such as the one below for "Third
World Conditions at Home, Nobody to Blame but Ourselves"
Chomsky's phrase "from containment to rollback" is borrowed from
the terminology of the Cold War which ordained that the United
States is free to go "beyond the containment of the threat to
market democracies" to the "enlargement of their reach." Chomsky
argues that during the past 25 years the ruling class has moved
from the "containment of the threat of democracy and human rights
to rollback of the despised social contract." In other words,
let profits soar and remain in the hands of a few and destroy
any form of democracy among the "rabble" or, as one historian
put it, the "great beast," that is, the general public. Let's
"rollback" all the gains labor has made and insert a sort of "tough
love" program for the American people, especially the poor. --
Randall G. Shelden, Ph.D.
U.S. Dominance By Any Means Possible
- Chomsky in conversation with Michael Albert, on Znet.
"The U.S. leadership is committed to “unilateral use of
military power” to defend its interests, as the Clinton
administration repeatedly insisted, echoing predecessors, both
in word and in practice. That’s a very natural stand among
those who have overwhelming power and feel—for the moment
rightly—that they can use it with impunity." -- Noam Chomsky
Chomsky on Microsoft and Corporate Control of the Internet
- An interview by Corporate
"As long as the Internet was under control of the Pentagon, it
was free. People could use it freely [for] information sharing.
That remained true when it stayed within the state sector of the
National Science Foundation.
As late as about 1994, people like say, Bill Gates, had no
interest in the Internet. He wouldn't even go to conferences
about it, because he didn't see a way to make a profit from
it. Now it's being handed over to private corporations, and
they tell you pretty much what they want to do. They want to
take large parts of the Internet and cut it out of the public
domain altogether, turn it into intranets, which are fenced
off with firewalls, and used simply for internal corporate operations.
They want to control access, and that's a large part of Microsoft's
efforts: control access in such a way that people who access
the Internet will be guided to things that *they* want, like
home marketing service, or diversion, or something or other.
If you really know exactly what you want to find, and have enough
information and energy, you may be able to find what you want.
But they want to make that as difficult as possible. And that's
perfectly natural. If you were on the board of directors of
Microsoft, sure, that's what you'd try to do.
Well, you know, these things don't *have* to happen. The public
institution created a public entity which can be kept under
public control. But that's going to mean a lot of hard work
at every level, from Congress down to local organizations, unions,
other citizens' groups which will struggle against it in all
the usual ways." -- Noam Chomsky
World Traveler: Noam Chomsky Page
- The Third World Traveler site is a great general resource for
progressive thinking. Abundant content is hosted on the site along
with an exemplary set of links to offsite resources. In addition,
the Noam Chomsky page includes numerous quotes from Chomsky's
prolific books, articles, interviews and talks.
Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience
of the (U.S.) media.
- ~ Noam Chomsky
End Press, AK
- Three of Noam Chomsky's principle publishers and distributors.
Excellent resources for those interested in dissent and clear-headed
"AK Press Distribution is a worker's owned collective with
the goal of making available radical books and other materials
published independently, not by the corporate giants, with which
you can make a positive change in the world."
- The alt.fan.noam-chomsky
- Rendered somewhat ineffectual by constant flame wars. Kind of
ironic. Somehow the term 'fan' just doesn't fit a discussion newsgroup
for a dissenter such as Chomsky. Perhaps that explains the flaming?
- Fueling the Bonfire.
- Sideline references within a deeper Foucaultian exploration
- Land of the. . .
- The beautiful people, the restless people, a little Chomsky
and a trailing quote.
- FW: How the
Gingrinch Stole Christmas
- A quote