Who’d have thought?

By Ben Naparstek In Commentary

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13th December, 2008
Noam Chomsky stares back at the black-and-white portrait of Bertrand Russell on his office wall and feels like he's being judged. "It's those eyes," Chomsky says. "It's as if I've done something wrong." Asked why Russell's ghost might reprimand him, Chomsky demurs. The linguist and left-wing activist, who turns 80 on December 7, has never been one to admit to being wrong. Chomsky is, according to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, among the 10 most cited thinkers of all time. Ranking higher than Hegel but trailing Freud, he is the only living member of that pantheon. Prospect ...

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