The linguist and philosopher reflects on the Vermont senator and our broken electoral systemVIDEO
The linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky is one of the most quoted individuals in the world, and one the globe’s most prominent thinkers.
Although he has a sizable following, he is rarely seen in mainstream media, and has only been called to testify before Congress once (during the Vietnam War).
Yet today Chomsky finally has a mutual admirer in the political system, and he happens to be out-polling every GOP contender.
In May of 1985, then-Mayor Bernie Sanders of Burlington, Vermont brought Noam Chomsky to talk about the U.S. military intervention in Latin America. “At a time when many intellectuals…find it more comfortable to be silence and to go with the flow as it were, it is comforting to find on occasion individuals who have the guts to speak out about the important issues of our time, and certainly Professor Chomsky has been the person to do it,” he said.
Watch Bernie introduce Chomsky, and Chomsky’s address to Burlington: