The Australian Peace Foundation recently awarded United States renowned linguist, philosopher, and prolific author Noam Chomsky the Sydney Peace Prize, to substantial amount of backlash among both Australian and international critics. Many claim that Chomsky’s challenging of authority too often reflects his own leftist bias, sometimes unfairly criticizing what he views as right-wing forces of evil and ignoring injustices from more radical left-wings figures and organizations.
Personally, I think it’s an interesting and fitting choice. Chomsky certainly desires peace, and makes his criticism of those organizations, legitimate or otherwise, unmistakably clear. Whether he’s criticizing the United States or a radical Islamic faction, his criticism seems consistent, even if there are several minor inconsistencies over his very long writing and philosophic career.
Does Chomsky deserve the Sydney Peace Prize? You be the judge.
Here’s ABC’s article covering the event.
And Here’s Chomsky’s recent article concerning the assassination of Osama Bin Laden that like many of his articles, has stirred up a little bit of controversy.