Is Noam Chomsky one of your favorite
intellectual giants? You know that he espouses anarchism, don't you? What is
anarchism anyway? Yes, you in the back there waving your hand frantically. A
state or condition of no arches. Hmm. Well not exactly. Actually, very few know
what anarchism is. Maybe that's why Noam Chomsky likes to call himself an
anarchist. He can formulate his own nomology.
Some Buddycom members were interested in
linguistics in their university days. Those members remember the text book. The
name Noam Chomsky was written in bold letters on the front and back in yellow
and blue. The name didn't seem to have any special significance. Every time the
linguistics professor uttered the name of the author, the old song, North to
Alaska popped into mind, in particular the line about the place which was,
"just a little southeast of Nome." Fully one third of the final examination for
that particular course dealt with glottochronology, the members have reported.
Starbucks employees have a deep appreciation for linguistics. Buddycom members
have commented that in society at large, a profound understanding of either
linguistics or glottochronology and a crisp five dollar bill will get one a cup
of coffee at Starbucks.
Noam Chomsky's textbook had excelled in several
areas in ways that other textbooks had been found lacking. Description of the
production of language sounds and explanation of the points and methods of
articulation were very well presented. 1, 2, 3. Point of articulation, method
of articulation, voiced or voiceless. P. Bilabial stop, not voiced. B. Bilabial
stop, voiced. R. Coninuant, voiced. But where is the point of articulation? German umlauted A? Don't trip us up with technicalities. The
text was used as a reference for later courses in Chinese, Portugese, German,
French, Japanese and Spanish phonetics. Swahili was skipped for some strange
reason. We hear through the grapevine that Noam has finished with phonetics and
now is concentrating on syntax.
What is involved in the publishing of one of
Noam Chomsky's three hundred books? Noam's grammar, vocabulary and syntax would
ostensibly, not need correction. After all he has written the book as it were
in that regard. How, one might wonder, could the radical political works of an
avowed anarchist not only survive but emerge unscathed while crossing editor's
chopping blocks in democratic America. Is America really that tolerant? Maybe.
Maybe not. Maybe the tolerance is an illusion, a social construction of
reality. Publishers have been known to be quite selective in their choice of
what they will or will not publish. If one takes the contrarian viewpoint,
light may be shed on a seeming incongruity. Noam may be nothing more than a
noma, a gangrenous ulceration of the mouth, to the proletariat, a fungosity to
be shunned. A societal perversity? A scatalogical rather than a pornographic
impropriety. At the same time he is an unsung hero to the meanies he condemns.
Professor Chomsky has said that it is the responsibility of an intellectual to
tell the truth, which he certainly does uncompromisingly. What can be done with
the truths that Noam Chomsky so prolifically and so clearly describes? Were his
political writings interpreted from the contrarian viewpoint, they would make
excellent practical guides not only for politicians, but in fact for all the
movers and shakers in the military-industrial complex who wish to maximize
Machiavellian success. Could that explain Noam's value to and remarkable
success in American democratic society? It may be that this is how Noam has
been nol-prossed in the court of American opinion. Noam's nomography is useful
for nomothetically formulating the nomisms necessary for the regulation and
control of an American nomistic society in a manner as regular as a
Click a Noam Chomsky cover for reviews and
pricing of some of his hundreds of books. Anybody who would write hundreds of
books couldn't be worth a hoot. Could they?