noam avram chomsky

. . .  
anche gli sforzi più elaborati
non riescono a tirar fuori dal
 comportamento delle altre
specie animali nemmeno le più
 elementari proprietà del linguaggio
 naturale - proprietà che invece
ogni bambino umano acquisisce
 senza alcun problema.
non c'è alcun dubbio che il
 linguaggio umano sia stato
un fattore preminente nel
successo biologico degli esseri
 umani. per successo biologico
si intende il fatto che ci siano
 tantissimi esseri umani:
questo è un successo biologico
. . .

I don't look at Twitter because it doesn't tell me anything
fb/nc - 2015

Not one of us who has been trained to think critically and to write lucidly
has the option to remain silent now

fb/nc - 2017

It is only in folk tales, children's stories, and the journals of intellectual opinion
that power is used wisely and well to destroy evil
The real world teaches very different lessons, and it takes willful
and dedicated ignorance to fail to perceive them

fb/nc - 2.1.2019 

technology is usually fairly neutral
It’s like a hammer, which can be used to build a house or to destroy someone’s home
The hammer doesn’t care
It is almost always up to us to determine whether the technology is good or bad
fb/nc - 8.1.2019
If you have a ‘good’ education
Today, if you get a new edition of Animal Farm, you might find it there. The introduction is kind of interesting - he basically says what you all know: that the book is a critical, satiric analysis of the totalitarian enemy. But then he addresses himself to the people of free England; he says, “You shouldn’t feel too self-righteous.” He said in England, a free country, I’m virtually quoting: unpopular ideas can be suppressed without the use of force. And he goes on to give some examples, and, really, just a couple of common-sense explanations, which are to the point. One reason, he says, is: the press is owned by wealthy men who have every reason not to want certain ideas to be expressed. And the other, he says, essentially, is: it’s a good education. If you have a good education, you’ve gone to the best schools, you have internalized the understanding that there’s certain things it just wouldn’t do to say—and I think we can add to that, it wouldn’t do to think. And that’s a powerful mechanism. So, there are things you just don’t think, and you don’t say. That’s the result of effective education, effective indoctrination. If people - many people - don’t succumb to it, what happens to them? Well, I’ll tell you a story: I was in Sweden a couple years ago, and I noticed that taxi drivers were being very friendly, much more than I expected. And finally I asked one of them, “Why’s everyone being so nice?” He pulled out a T-shirt he said every taxi driver has, and the T-shirt had a picture of me and a quote in Swedish of something I’d said once when I was asked, “What happens to people of independent mind?” And I said, “They become taxi drivers.” - 2015





noam  avram chomsky

filadelfia 7 dicembre 1928

SOCIOLOGO - linguista -  ebreo americano di origine russa.  il padre william studioso di ebraismo e linguaggio ebraico influenzò il figlio nei suoi studi ma ancor più fu la madre elsie simonofsky nel suo sviluppo di pensatore ed attivista. l’intera famiglia  - compreso il fratello david - fu sempre  coinvolta nell’attività culturale ebraica.  fondatore e caposcuola del generativismo intese spiegare sia gli aspetti creativi del linguaggio sia il suo carattere innato e la sua presenza nei primi  stadi dello sviluppo infantile. nell'impegno politico sostenne un pacifismo radicale criticando l'imperialismo-colonialismo statunitense  il sistema mediatico e il suo impatto sulla società.  è oratore carismatico determinato dotato di analisi acuta ed attenta.   affrontò appassionatamente gruppi pro-israele anti-comunisti e pro-guerra fredda.  le violente reazioni lo obbligarono a ricorrere alla polizia in borghese. 

docente presso la facoltà linguistica mit - massachusetts è l'autore più citato per la profondità delle sue opere. 


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