Noam Chomsky, via M. Kasenbacher: Work, Learning and Freedom
Work, Learning and Freedom
By Noam Chomsky and Michael Kasenbacher, New Left Project
27 December 12:
<http://readersupportednews.org/images/stories/alphabet/rsn-I.jpg> n this
often personal interview, renowned linguist and political commentator Noam
Chomsky outlines a libertarian perspective on work and education, arguing
that freedom is the root of creativity and fulfilment.
Michael Kasenbacher: The question I would like to ask is what is really
wanted work? Maybe we could start with your personal life and your double
career in linguistics and political activism? Do you like that kind of work?
If I had the time I would spend far more time doing work on language,
philosophy, cognitive science, topics that are intellectually very
interesting. But a large part of my life is given to one or another form of
political activity: reading, writing, organising, activism and so on. Which
is worth doing, it's necessary but it's not really intellectually
challenging. Regarding human affairs we either understand nothing, or it's
pretty superficial. It's hard work to get the data and put it all together
but it's not terribly challenging intellectually. But I do it because it's
necessary. The kind of work that should be the main part of life is the kind
of work you would want to do if you weren't being paid for it. It's work
that comes out of your own internal needs, interests and concerns.