Chomsky, Noam

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Avram Noam Chomsky (1928- ) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, author, lecturer and political activist. Beginning with his opposition to the Vietnam War, he established himself as a prominent critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Chomsky has become a profoundly influential voice on the left, lecturing widely and publishing numerous books on foreign policy, Mideast politics and related subjects.

His self-professed commitment to freedom has led him to champion the free speech rights of some rather unpopular groups and individuals, including Robert Faurisson, a French professor and Holocaust denier. Faurisson had been prevented from teaching French Literature at the University of Lyon in the late 1970s on the grounds that he could not be protected from attacks against him as a result of his views about the Holocaust. He was brought before the French courts in 1979 and found guilty of defamation and incitement to racial hatred because he denied the existnce of the gas chambers used by the Nazis to exterminate Jews. Approximately five hundred people, including Noam Chomsky, signed a petition defending Faurisson's freedom of speech and expression. Because this resulted in accusations of supporting, or at least adding credibility to, Faurisson's views, Chomsky subsequently wrote an essay attacking his critics for failing to respect the principle of freedom of speech and stressing the conceptual distinction between endorsing someone's views and defending his right to express them. The essay, "Some Elementary Comments on the Rights of Freedom of Expression," was used, without Chomsky's knowledge, as the preface to a book by Faurisson. This episode led many to label Chomsky as anti-semitic and a Holocaust denier. Chomsky continued to defend his actions and took the position that freedom of speech must be extended to all viewpoints, no matter how unpopular or fallacious.

Robert Faurisson continues to express his views and, as recently as 2006, was given a three-month suspended sentence by a Paris correctional court for denying the Holocaust on an Iranian television channel.

From the guide to the Chomsky, Noam: Materials Relating to the Faurisson Case, 1980-1994, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

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creatorOf Vidal, Gore, 1925-. Papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Anshen, Ruth Nanda. Ruth Nanda Anshen papers, 1938-1986. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn University of Pennsylvania. Office of the President. Assistant to the President for Special Projects. Records, 1977-1994. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn Ruth Nanda Anshen Papers, 1938-1986. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Andreĭ Sakharov papers, 1852-2002 (inclusive), 1960-1990 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Stephen Jay Gould papers, 1899-2004, 1941-2002 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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referencedIn Socialist Review, records, 1966-2002 Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Guide to the Records on the National Student Convention '88, 1983-1992 (bulk 1987-1988) Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Piatkowski, Monika. Ephemera. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf McReynolds, David. David McReynolds papers, 1943-1978. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
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referencedIn Socialist review (San Francisco, Calif.), Records, 1970-1989. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Great Canadian Theatre Company Archives (University of Guelph). The Noam Chomsky Lectures / by Guillermo Verdecchia and Daniel Brooks, 1992. University of Guelph
referencedIn Linguistics papers, 1955-1970. Houghton Library
creatorOf Chomsky, Noam. Letter. Berkeley, California, November 18, 1966, to John Ashmead, Haverford, Pa. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Philip Agee Papers, Bulk, 1965-2000, 1948-2007 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf Foley, Michael S. Michael S. Foley collection, 1965-2001. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
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referencedIn Dell H. Hymes Papers, 1947-1992 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Cynthia Rich Papers, 1961-1968 Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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referencedIn Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities records, 1965-1984. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Open Media Records, 1989-1997, undated Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Salvador E. Luria Papers, 1923-1992 American Philosophical Society
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referencedIn Records of the Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities, 1965-1984 New York University. Archives
referencedIn Audio collection of June Jordan, (inclusive), 1970-2000 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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creatorOf Chomsky, Noam. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1972. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Dolci, Danilo. Danilo Dolci collection, 1958-1982 bulk 1958-1972. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn John Hollander Papers, circa 1950-2007 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
referencedIn Martin Joos Papers, [ca. 1930s-1970s], Circa 1930-1970 American Philosophical Society
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referencedIn Michael S. Mahoney papers., 1923-2008 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
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referencedIn Papers, 1908-1985 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn National Peace Action Coalition. Records, 1970-1973. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
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creatorOf American Physical Society. Meeting (1982 : Washington, D.C.). Symposium of the Forum on Physics and Society [sound recording] : scientists and public opinion: how to influence decision makers on nuclear war related issues; 1982 April 28. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Chomsky, Noam. Speech [sound recording], 1985. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Gould, Stephen Jay. Stephen Jay Gould papers, 1899-2004 (inclusive), 1941-2002 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Studies on the Left. Records, 1959-1967. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
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creatorOf Chomsky, Noam: Materials Relating to the Faurisson Case, 1980-1994 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
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associatedWith Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. person
correspondedWith Dolci, Danilo. person
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associatedWith Mahoney, Michael S. (Michael Sean) person
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associatedWith New University Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith Nichols, Marie Hochmuth, 1908- person
associatedWith Novack, George Edward. person
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associatedWith Piatkowski, Monika. person
associatedWith Princeton University. Graduate School. corporateBody
associatedWith Quine, W. V. (Willard Van Orman) person
associatedWith Rich, Cynthia. person
associatedWith Rosenthal, A. M. (Abraham Michael), 1922-2006 person
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associatedWith Zinn, Howard, 1922-2010 person
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Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
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Birth 1928-12-07

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