I’ve been meaning to address this directly for some time now. Too many people admire this guy and hang on his every word. Noam Chomsky is not really a true Leftist. To my knowledge he has never had a kind word to say about the Soviet Union or any of the socialist countries of past or present, with Cuba at times being a curious exception. Also, although he is great at revealing and analyzing the crimes of the Empire, he has no helpful advice on how to organize an effective resistance. In 2008 he actually urged people to vote for Obama! In 2012 he publicly endorsed the Green Party candidate for president of the U.S.; some might consider this a step in the right direction, but it was a strategically foolish and morally reprehensible move. The Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, didn’t have a prayer and everybody knew it; such a “protest vote” can only serve to reinforce the notion of the unpopularity and weakness of left-wing ideas (or in this case, center-left).
When it comes to folks like Noam Chomsky, the Empire can tolerate their criticism all day long, especially so long as these voices are a tiny minority of opinion, but they come after you when you begin to organize an effective force against them. Maybe Chomsky knows this and is playing it safe, but it would be better if he were to not muddle and confuse people with his terrible and often vague advice on political organization and activism. His politics are aligned towards anarchism or libertarian socialism, which pretty much tells you all you need to know. However, if you try to ask him directly to define his political views he will equivocate. He’s pretty confusing because he will quote Marx in one breath and then talk about anarcho-syndicalism in the next.
Chomsky is a naive ultra-left at best and an asset of imperialism although perhaps, perhaps, an unwitting one at worst. His job really seems to be to assist in hindering any coherent and effective political organization. If you need to learn more about U.S. imperialism and its propaganda and repressive functions at home and abroad, by all means, Chomsky is a great resource, but please do not look to him for ideological or political education. Do not look to him for leadership in the class struggle.
For more details and information on why Chomsky and his pseudo-left ilk are a hindrance to any kind of meaningful change in the status quo, much less a revolution consult Stephan Gowans: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised . . . Nor Will It Be Brought To You By Russell Brand, Oliver Stone or Noam Chomsky