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Chomsky, [Avram] Noam

Born: 1928 AD
Currently alive, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Activists, Linguist

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US activist and linguist

 

founder of transformational linguistics

 

wrote "Syntactic Structures" 1957


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Page last updated: 1:04pm, 25th Jul '06

  • "Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever."
  • "Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way."
  • "Personally, I'm in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions of society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist; that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be establishedat every level--there's little bargaining, a little give and take,but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I'm opposed to political fascism, I'm opposed to economic fascism. I think that until the major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it's pointless to talk about democracy."
  • "As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss."
  • "There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past."