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.

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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

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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.

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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/