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#1 of 17 Old 05-26-2006, 06:49 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So, I just found out about him. Wow, how incredible. Just the things I've learned from a little bit of watching his speeches is amazing. But learning from him has left me thinking that we are really going down the wrong track lately. What does anyone else think. Any other fans out there?
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"New Wine in Old Bottles" is a great essay that I'd like to find again online. If I remember correctly, it is about the repackaging of old ways of thinking about economics that have even been proven harmful and ineffective (the mainstream, orthodox economics) especially in terms of pushing "underdeveloped" or "resource-rich" countries into export-economies.
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I haven't read that one yet. I'll have to google it. I just got his 'Rogue States' and 'Reflections on Language' from the library. (The ROL just to read some of his work in linguistics) But they were the only two books by him that they had.

The rest of what I know of him I got from documentaries on him from Netflix (and some from the international socialist review). Is he not incredible? He just makes so much sense to me. When he talks I have no trouble understanding him clearly (which, trust me, is a huge statement about his clarity).

I'm so glad someone is out there informing people of what's happening. I wish he had a wider audience. (I know, the system is not self-destructive )
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I really like Noam Chomsky

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we are definitly noam chomsky fans in this house. i saw his films "manufacturing consent" when i was really young and have since been a great admirer. we need more minds like him in our world, thats for sure. i saw him speak a few years ago at a demo here in vancouver. very cool!

oh and my sons second name is naom not wholy because of Noam chomsky, but partly anyways!

 

 

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he's pretty awesome in my book too!!
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Me too! I actually first read him in a linguistics class (because he is after all, the brilliant Mr. Universal Grammar). I later found out about his politics and liked him even more.
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we are definitly noam chomsky fans in this house. i saw his films "manufacturing consent" when i was really young and have since been a great admirer. we need more minds like him in our world, thats for sure. i saw him speak a few years ago at a demo here in vancouver. very cool!

oh and my sons second name is naom not wholy because of Noam chomsky, but partly anyways!
Heh ... I tried to name my DS Noam, but DH vetoed it. I WILL win on the next one though!

I Noam Chomsky. He's my hero. I really like Manufacturing Consent - I think it's a fantastic documentary even if it's old. I think it's really funny that ol' Noam is an international intellectual superstar, but most people in America have no clue who he is! (Which, really just goes to show ya what is valued by our media...)

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Heh ... I tried to name my DS Noam, but DH vetoed it. I WILL win on the next one though!
I got shot down on that one too! But my dh's name is Norm, so he thought it would have been awkward.
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my husband LOVES him. i guess i should check him out.

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Chomsky fan here too.



Whenever I hear his name I think of a class I took once, where we read about a study in which linguistics grad students named their language-learnin' chimpanzee "Noam Chimpsky" - I found it hilarious at the time.
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Love love love that guy - if you love him, I highly recommend the documentary The Corporation. Absolutely changed my life.

However much I love him, DH and I often joke about an annoying tic of his:
In his speeches, he'll make an assertion and casually (and arrogantly) say "Well, but you don't have to take my word for it. You can look it up for yourself." As if everything that you can "look up" is true. I always give my opinions at home with the asterisk "But don't take my word for it - you can look it up!"
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In his speeches, he'll make an assertion and casually (and arrogantly) say "Well, but you don't have to take my word for it. You can look it up for yourself."
I think I know what you mean. But when he's talking de-classified military documents and info like that, you could probably look it up and at least get an idea of what the US's intentions were.

I would like to find out what sources of info he deems most credible though. I feel like I'm desperately consuming information about what's happening out there and I wish I knew what was more reliable. It would be nice to have some genious like him in my basement, pouring over all kinds of information for me and reporting back what he found.

He seems so upbeat though. For all that I hear from him about what's going on out there it seems like he would be more sober and worried about our future. I think I've heard him say that he has faith in the general population, but, looking around here, I don't really, and I wonder what he is talking about.
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anyways i noam! what an intelligent guy! i need to read more of his stuff. but him and howard zinn are two of my favorite intellectuals of the day.

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Huge Chomsky fan here.

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he is really cool. he was so oppossed to the us in nicaragua in the 80's
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