The father of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky: philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, political activist and a major figure in analytic philosophy. An anarcho-syndicalism aligning with libertarian socialism, Chomsky has never been afraid to share his views and knowledge to the public, in fact, he bases his career from it. Author of over 100 books including subject matter on war, politics and mass media, Chomsky has paid close attention to the philosophical, sociological and political turns of history and actively engages in ensuring that the present wave of belief systems are structured to uphold a morally correct and liberated society of individuals.
Chomsky believes it is his responsibility as an intellectual to use his social status and education to expose and correct methods of misinformation and in turn allow for a sense of clarity in the relationship between world politics and the individual. Chomsky actively opposes the systematic distortion that is fed to the general mass by what is known as an elite corporatocracy. Chomsky fights for true democracy. To combat this Chomsky has sincerely participated in protests in true activist form; his outlets are education and publication. Chomsky engages in lectures and authorship to promote a wider political consciousness.
One of his notorious works is a book he co-authored with Edward S. Herman titled “Manufacturing consent: The political economy of the Mass Media.” Within this book Chomsky educates the audience on the elaborate propagandist function of mass communication across the media of the United States. Market forces, self-censorship, overt coercion through a systematic model of communication; the corporate mass media companies flood the public mind with the ideologies held in regard to the beliefs of the elite few. The mass media freely decides between ‘worthy’ and ‘unworthy news’, it allocates specific channels to target a specific audience and in turn feeds the general public a heavy bias on world affairs, political motives and generalised mis-truths. Chomsky focuses on major case studies across US history to describe the continual distortion of mass media news coverage: the coverage of the US wars against Indochina, the North American Free Trade agreement and subsequent Mexican financial meltdown, coverage of the protests against the World Trade Organisation, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Chomsky highlights the malleability of the doxa, with the puppeteer being the mass media corporations.
Chomsky’s work falls across a wide variety of social, political and worldly constructions: opposing the 2003 US invasion of Iraq Chomsky is an intent supporter of the Occupy movement, he is recognised as leading the cognitive revolution in the human sciences, his ideas have influenced the anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements, he openly criticises mainstream news media where most shy away from the consequential backlash, he publicly criticises totalitarianism and has joined the advisory council of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation which advocates the global abolition of nuclear weapons.
Chomsky is a pioneer for freedom of speech and the upholding of truth. Chomsky reminds us that we should utilise our gifted intellect for the greater good of our collective whole. We live in a world of continual change and these changes are reflected in the social and political world as we are driven through a multiverse of ideologies and thought patterns. Chomsky acts as a symposium of awareness of our social and political world, one that we must continue to correct in aim for a progressive and liberated society. The harsh grip of dominating forces that envelop our learning and shape our ideals is held open by guardians such as Chomsky, a true hero in a world of corruption and deceit.