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Noam Chomsky (born 1928) made his name as a linguist, more specifically for his pioneering work on the relationship between language and the mind, and on a universal underlying language structure. However his work has largely been superseded by cognitive linguistics.
More interesting for the purposes of foamy custard, Chomsky's book Necessary Illusions : Thought Control in Democratic Societies (published in 1989) argues convincingly that there is no such thing as a 'free press' because, in the final analysis, mass media exists to serve the needs of those in power.
Chomsky has long been an outpsoken critic of 'imperialistic' tendencies American politics. His book Rogue States: The use of force in world affairs came out a year before the '9-11' event of 2001 but has subsequently become especially pertinent.
Numerous Web sites provide further information, including Noam Chomsky Resources
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