MIT emeritus professor Noam Chomsky is known for many things: anti-war activism during the Vietnam War era, as a historian, as one of America’s greatest living intellectuals, and for being the Father of Modern Linguistics (the study of language and the mind.)
Remember all that, as you digest his words regarding Trump’s move to abandon the Paris Climate Accord:
It’s hard to find a word in the language to describe such behavior… it’s hard to find a historical parallel.
~ Noam Chomsky
In an interview by economist and political scientist C. J. Polychroniou in Truthout, Chomsky expressed his views on American foreign policy. Despite Trump’s recent rejection of the North Korean summit talks and his intention to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, Chomsky considers Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord to be his most devastating international action.
Chomsky also covers foreign policy issues you may have heard little about, like the Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East. This Chomsky interview is a definite “must-read” for people who want more than a superficial understanding of current events. For the understated, soft-spoken Prof. Chomsky, it is particularly scathing commentary.
Noam Chomsky is 89 years old. He doesn’t care, has never cared, about personal ambition. He speaks out because he cares about his country and the world. Wouldn’t it be nice if, after a lifetime of risking his own well-being, he might see a shift toward world sanity and peace. Never-the-less, I trust he will continue to fight the “good fight” until the end — simply because it is the right thing to do. In my book, that makes Noam Chomsky an American hero. He is somebody we Americans may be proud of — even during a very embarrassing Trumpian “reign.”
Listen up, America!