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Noam Chomsky Discusses the Jeopardy of Activism

By: Sophia Pelka - Published: Feb 14, 2012 • References: chomsky.info and youtube
Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, historian and activist. As an iconic author and thinker, he is considered the father of modern linguistics and is also extremely influential in other areas, such as mathematic and computer science. As such a dynamic intellectual he shares that one the biggest ethical decisions to be made is, 'how do i distribute my work and energy?"

Chomsky was largely involved with anti-Vietnam War activities, which put his family in some controversial and potentially dangerous positions. As an academic, he was confronted with a dilema on the ethics of protest and the right of activism. It is a moral decision to sacrifice the stability of yourself and your family to advocate for a cause.