Noam Chomsky: ‘I Am Kinda’: Reflections on the Culture of Imperialism

The last thing Prof. Chomsky said in reply to a question: “I don’t think people have any right to be disillusioned about Obama, there was no basis for the illusion in the first place.”

Famed linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky delivered a lecture titled “‘I Am Kinda’: Reflections on the Culture of Imperialism” last Monday, March 8, in McCosh 50. The talk was simulcast and can be viewed at

Chomsky, a professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a renowned public intellectual who has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.

The lecture’s title refers to a woman named Kinda who introduced herself to Chomsky at a lecture he gave in Beirut in 2006. As a child, she had written a letter to President Ronald Reagan after the 1986 U.S. bombing of Libya, her home country. Chomsky had printed the letter in his book “Pirates and Emperors: International Terrorism in the Real World.”

Chomsky’s other books include “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance,” “Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy” and “Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs.”

The talk was designated as the Edward Said Memorial Lecture and was sponsored by the Department of English and the Princeton Committee on Palestine.


Chomsky at Princeton on March 8, 2010 – Q&A 1

March 09, 2010

Q&A 2


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