Chomsky revolutionized the discipline of linguistics. His linguistics work argues that the acquisition of language is part of the naturual or innate structure of the human brain. An anarchist and libertarian socialist, Chomsky first came to prominence in the political realm opposing the U.S. invasion of South Vietnam. Outspoken against all abuses of power, Chomsky is a particularly astute critic of U.S. foreign policy. Chomsky's analysis of the media illustrates the compliant nature of the information industries to the ideological obejctives and imperatives of governments and corporate elites.
Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive.
-The New York Times Book Review