Chomsky v Wolfe on linguistics

http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/9/14/12910180/the-bonfire-of-noam-chomsky-tom-wolfe-goes-after-the-world-s-most-acclaimed-linguist

I was going to St Thomas in the early 00s for graduate software studies. I was taking speech recognition at one point, and in class some night we’re going through material that cites Chomsky.  I ask the professor, Chomsky the communist?  I hadn’t known he made his bones first as a linguist.

Smart man, obviously, but such that Chomsky’s political views were supposed to stand for some sort of intellectualism I always thought it was easily discredited with its advocacy of non-hierarchical anarcho-communism.  No such thing, you’re gonna have a police apparatus to put people in jail / camps when they try to start owning property and means of production.  At that point there isn’t anything ‘anarcho’ about it, and it does in fact have hierarchy.

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3 thoughts on “Chomsky v Wolfe on linguistics

  1. pm1956

    Yeah, but…all that govdernment and police and jails stuff was supposed to be only a temporary detail, and disappear ultimately, once everyone got used to the benefits of the new order, and finally abandoned the false seductions of the old order (capitalism).

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      1. pm1956

        sort of. They really did think that way. I think they were/are naive.
        Certainly the history of Russia, and the purges of Stalin showed that there was a divergence between practice and theory. People like Milovan Djilas and Solzhenitsyn wrote about the fact that the USSR simply was rewarding a different class, as opposed to creating a classless society.

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