The legendary leftist intellectual also discusses his theory of the good life and more.
New York Times, April 23, 2021
How do you introduce Noam Chomsky? Perhaps you start here: In 1979, The New York Times called him âarguably the most important intellectual alive today.â More than 40 years later, Chomsky, at 92, is still putting his dent in the world â writing books, giving interviews, changing minds.
There are different sides to Chomsky. Heâs a world-renowned linguist who revolutionized his field. Heâs a political theorist whoâs been a sharp critic of American foreign policy for decades. Heâs an anarchist who believes in a radically different way of ordering society. Heâs a pragmatist who pushed leftists to vote for Joe Biden in 2020 and has described himself as having a ârather conservative attitude towards social change.â He is, very much, himself.
The problem in planning a conversation with Chomsky is how to get at all these different sides. So this one covers a lot of ground.