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.