What does Noam Chomsky think of abortion
If you had to draw the place of work of an important left-wing intellectual without any further reference - the result would probably be something like Noam Chomsky's office: the desk disappears under towers of books that block the view of the outside and hardly any space for a notebook or leave a laptop. In their struggle for survival, a few dry plants stretch themselves towards the scarce daylight, on the sideboard there is a large black and white photo of the British philosopher Bertrand Russell and a membership card of the Industrial Workers of the World, an international workers' union that is as elitist as it is radical. "War is a hoax. A few profit - the vast majority pays," is written in bright yellow on a bright red sign on the wall.
Noam Chomsky, 87, is not only an important, but also, according to many, the most important living intellectual in the world. With his theory that the acquisition of language is less based on a learning process than on the development of innate abilities, he revolutionized linguistics in the late 1950s. He later made a name for himself as a radical opponent of US foreign policy and a critic of capitalism. He also developed the so-called propaganda model, which is supposed to prove how interest groups exercise influence on democratic societies with the help of the mass media.
He receives an interview in his office at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology just outside of Boston, where he still shows up almost every day despite his advanced age. The wool sweater is a little out of shape, the jeans are baggy. His intellectual sharpness, however, is undimmed: Chomsky, born in Philadelphia in 1928 as the son of Ukrainian emigrants, speaks softly but firmly and never avoids any questions.
His favorite bone of contention is neoliberalism. That construct of tax cuts, deregulation of the financial industry and liberalization of the labor market that set in motion a long-lasting economic upswing under Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, but also created the speculative bubble, which then burst with a loud bang in 2008.
As an alternative, he suggests a state economy with public companies run by representatives of civil society. He brushed off the objection that this socialist experiment had already crashed once in the GDR: "What happened in the GDR had nothing to do with socialism in the least," he says. "Even the Federal Republic was more socialist than the GDR."
The government critic, who was once targeted by the CIA, is also not very happy about the ongoing US presidential election campaign. He thinks little of Hillary Clinton - nothing of Donald Trump. Clinton is downright hated by many people, said Chomsky. "The only problem is: Everything you hate about Clinton is worse about Trump."
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