Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky (born in 1928) is a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, and political activist. He is an Emeritus Professor of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years. As the "father of modern linguistics" and a major figure of analytic philosophy, he has also influenced computer science, mathematics, and psychology. You can see him talk at the Boston Occupy Wall Street rally on You Tube.

Chomsky is the creator of the universal grammar theory. He believes we're wired in such a way to be able to understand and produce language. We couldn't learn to speak the way we do unless we already had the capacity for language in our brains.

Chomsky has written over 150 books and writes in www.Nation of Ideologically, he identifies with anarchism and libertarian socialism and is known for his critiques of U.S. foreign policy and contemporary capitalism. His criticism of the media includes Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), co-written with Edward S. Herman.

His MIT biographer said, "He is warm and accessible, despite his formidable stature. He is also reserved, quiet, and even somewhat shy. He is most certainly comfortable speaking to large audiences, but there is no question that his world is, for the most part, one of solitary study, writing, and research." My guess at his Enneagram type is the Observer first (his love of research and intellectual pursuit), the Perfectionist second (due to his idealism, hard work, and accomplishments), and the Questioner third (the qualities mentioned, plus he's considered a dissident and enjoys an argument). He's probably an introvert.

Some of his ideas:
• He condemned the 2010 US Supreme Court Citizens United ruling revoking limits on campaign finance, calling it a corporate takeover of democracy.
• He condemned the US mass media for having common interests with US corporations and the government.
• He's critical of big business and the state capitalist system. He believes in the democratic control of communities and work places.
• He admires America's free speech and relative classlessness compared to other countries.
• He is anti-war. He supported his view against the Vietnam War by tax resistance and peace walks.
• He believes that the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were "among the most unspeakable crimes in history."
• He disagreed with the founding of Israel as a Jewish state: "I don't think a Jewish or Christian or Islamic state is a proper concept. I would object to the United States as a Christian state." He criticizes Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people and the US support of Israel.
• He is against the death penalty.
• He is against any kind of censorship. When people libel him, he counters it with open letters in newspapers.
• He said, "We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush's compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden's, and he is not a 'suspect' but... the 'decider'... gave the orders [that resulted in] hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, [and] the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region."

Speaking at Occupy Boston in October 2011, a hopeful Chomsky said the Occupy movement was "exciting" and "unprecedented."

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