Noam Chomsky In His Own Words

Subject: Social and Economic Justice
Themes: Worker's Rights Public Officials Economics and Business Education 21st Century 20th Century Politicians Journalism and Media
Age groups: High School
Resource type: Other

AWTT asked Noam Chomsky if there was a single moment that turned him into an activist, a "Moment of Truth."

This is his response:

My political awareness begins with my earliest memories during the Depression -- pathetic people coming to the door to try to sell rags, riding on a trolley car with my mother past a strike at a textile plant and watching security forces beat women strikers, sensing the dark clouds of fascism spread over Europe, and a lot more. There was no defining moment. Just no alternative.