Political Thinkers: Noam Chomsky

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We'll continue the "Political Thinkers" series. It critically examines the political and ideological viewpoints of prominent public figures, considered to be tremendously influential as a trendsetter.

Here, the goal is to discuss fresh viewpoints -- some of which might be "unconventional" in nature -- in analyzing its applicability in our ever-increasingly complex society. Just like every issue that our group discusses, we examine and evaluate it with an independent and critical lens, at the highest level of intellectual rigor.


For this discussion, we'll evaluate the legacy and the work of Noam Chomsky.

To that end, we'll explore the following questions:

- What are the deep-rooted philosophical basis for his theories and views?

- What makes his appeal so controversial?

- Have his views and positions always remained intellectually consistent?

- What do his rise to popularity indicate about the cultural or political climate of his time period?

We will then examine Chomsky's theories and key policy matters, including:

- His linguistics and grammar theory.
- His theories of "manufactured consent," in shaping or fabricating the public consensus.
- A fierce critic of the U.S. foreign policy and military intervention.
- His influence in the anti-imperialistic and anti-totalitarian movements.
- A fierce critic of modern capitalism and his support of socialism.
- His dual role as a political activist and an intellectual for human rights causes.
- Finally, the so-called "Chomsky Paradox" as the mainstream media's marginalization of his work and ideas.

His extensive collection of publications and other notable works are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky_bibliography_and_filmography

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The NYCPF does not endorse or promote the views held by any of these individuals.

PLEASE NOTE: the individuals above will NOT be appearing in-person -- these meetings are for DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY, in comparing and evaluating their views and ideologies.


Previous "Political Thinkers" series:

▨ Milton Friedman (Feb. 23, 2019): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/258359948/

▨ Christopher Hitchens (Jan. 12, 2019): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/257700330/

▨ Jordon Peterson (May 26, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/250182531

▨ Sam Harris and Reza Azlan (April 21, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/248609818/

▨ Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, Linda Sarsour, Cenk Uygur (Feb. 10, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/246998014/