Noam Chomsky, a renowned linguist and political activist, was
born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. In 1955, he received his
Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania; he conducted much of the related
research at Harvard University between 1951 and 1955. Since completion of his
graduate work, Chomsky has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where
he has held the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics
since 1965. Among his many accomplishments, he is most famous for his work on
generative grammar, which developed from his interest in modern logic and
Chomsky has had a long involvement in political
activism, generally leaning towards a socialist and anarchist perspective. He
became known for his opposition to the United States' involvement in the Vietnam
War during the late 1960's.
In 1969, he published a book of essays, "American
Power and the New Mandarins," which is considered to be one of the most
substantial arguments ever against U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
written works and lectures continue to expose the hypocrisy of U.S. foreign
policy and the detrimental role of large corporations and the mainstream media.
Seminal books by Chomsky include:
Towards a New Cold War (1982)
Pirates and Emperors (1986)
On Power and Ideology (1987)
Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies (1989)
World Orders, Old and New (1994)
Chomsky continues to be an outspoken critic of the current world order, and of
the U.S. government in particular, as witnessed by his incisive statements
following the September 11th attacks.
Noam Chomsky has written dozens of books and released about a dozen CDs as well, some
via AK Press.His lectures draw over 2,000 people and are usually booked
1 year in advance. He has collaborated with Chumbawumba, and has released CDs on Epitaph Records.