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Democracy inaction?
In 'Ideas Matter' lecture, Noam Chomsky criticizes fellow intellectuals for their conformity

More than four decades after he first critiqued fellow intellectuals for their political caution, Noam Chomsky renewed his call for activism among scholars, lamenting what he sees as their continued passivity during a lecture delivered at MIT on Thursday.

At a time marked by environmental and economic crises, as well as what Chomsky described as multiple foreign-policy failures by the United States, he thinks scholars and experts too easily accept the country's current direction.

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by Peter Dizkies, MIT News Office

Photos by Jeanne Mansfield


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Professor Noam Chomsky discusses, "The Responsibility of Intellectuals."

 

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