Noam Chomsky

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Noam Chomsky is a lightning rod. Anything he says attracts sparks. He calls the United States “one of the leading terrorist states in the world.” He says Americans have become so inured to U.S. abuses of power that “they regard our crimes against the weak to be as normal as the air we breathe.”

No wonder Chomsky is a hero to many on the left, at home and even more so abroad. No wonder he is equally abhorred by others who consider him the king of the “hate America first-ers.” He achieved public prominence in the 1960s as a leader in the movement against the Vietnam War. Now at the age of 74, the MIT professor of linguistics is still going strong. Rock singer Bono calls him “a rebel without a pause.”


Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at MIT.