Noam Chomsky - Politics

Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by Syd, Jun 10, 2007.

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  1. Syd

    Syd Guest

    I searched for 'Chomsky', but found no actual threads discussing him on SF, only one thread where his name was mentioned randomly.

    Anyway, I'm not going to bother defining what he's about, as that basic information is readily available on the web.

    This thread is to discuss your opinions on Chomsky's political viewpoints. To get started, it might be good for us to discuss some of his articles, as they're brief enough for everyone here to read and respond to, whereas not everyone has time to read his books. (the main page from the above link additionally includes videos/ audio, which are also suitable for this thread if you prefer that medium)

    You can give us your general thoughts on his ideologies, or give direct feedback on one of his articles/ lectures. (be sure to include the link for us so we can read it too)

    I'll let someone else begin, as I don't really have any opinions to share at the moment.

    He is a modern Albert Einstein. Of all of us that are alive today, he is the one that will be most remembered. He belongs right next to Einstein and Beethoven.

    He is the most important linguist of the past 100 years. He influenced/contributed in other fields as well.

    He describes himself as Libertarian-Socialist. And he's a critic US foreign policy.

    That's what I know about the guy. He's one of the people I most admire.

  3. Syd

    Syd Guest

    That's great, I was really hoping there would be some others here interested in Chomsky's ideas. :)

    Check this out: Noam Chomsky on Education.

    I finally found some of his thoughts on one of the issues that is most important to me, education. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself agreeing with just about everything he says, though I'm left wondering what else he might say on these topics if more specific questions were asked. I've highlighted my favorite quotes below.

    Amen. A huge problem with current public schools is the lack of curriculums designed to encourage critical thinking. Those who are the most submissive excel in school, independent thinkers are often criticized and struggle in authoritarian learning environments. Rote memorization is the favored skill, while creativity is just not given much attention.

    This is what I've been telling people for years. It's not the students' responsibility to become interested in learning, it's OUR responsibility as a society to attract students to learning. The educational system should cater to the individual rather than the individual trying to adjust his or herself to the current system.

  4. Bostonensis

    Bostonensis Guest

    Damn ; nobody knows that? I never met the guy but I can guarantee he is a Leftee. Syd can you find out if the guy had played tennis/ ten'ez before? Just a curiosity bugging me. This smiley face teeth are incorrect,sorry bout that.
  5. Bostonensis

    Bostonensis Guest

    O I really hate this smiley face. It looks like something I cannot describe.Its in between a tennis ball half submerged in a waiter's arse.
  6. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    My only experience with Chomsky was his approach to linguistics. We studied him in my French linguistics class. His ideas on the evolution of language are very interesting.
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