The Menace of Liberal Scholarship
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, New York, USA
Year Published: 1969
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX8828
Noam Chomsky builds upon Senator Fullbright's criticism of social science scholars which suggests that they have failed to act as independent critics of government policies and having instead become agents. Chomsky agrees with Fullbright that this phenomena betrays public trust and states that the subversion of scholarship is a threat to society as a whole. He reveals several causes of this subversion, for example the access to power, shared ideology, and professionalization. Through the presentation of the positions of numerous scholars, he explores this malady and points to the potential of the intellectual community to revolutionize this tradition of scholarship though a more humane, objective, and independent movement.