Problems of Knowledge and Freedom
by Noam Chomsky

Two lectures in honor of Bertrand Russell. The first is about linguistics and the possibility of inborn rules of grammar that may be discovered. This is OK as far as it goes, but Chomsky suffers from not having read the epistemological writings of Mises and Hayek.

The second lecture contains an excellent critique of the arguments for the US war in Indochina. It is also good on the Cuban missile crisis and the success of the government at getting everyone, including purportedly intelligent people to use the same frame of reference when discussing foreign affairs. This essay is marred by Chomsky's silly notions about libertarian socialism.

Year Read: 1973


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