I have a lot of respect for professor Noam Chomsky’s honesty and being able to communicate exactly where he is politically and being able to articulate what he thinks about other political ideologies. Noam Chomsky is an admitted Libertarian Socialist and very honest about that. Which means he’s like a Social Democrat or Democratic Socialist on economic and foreign policy.
But Noam Chomksy is a Liberal-Libertarian on social issues. So we probably agree on most social issues. Myself being a Liberal Democrat, but my issue with professor Chomsky has to do with the fact that he sort of has this “you are either with me or you are selfish and believe in selfishness and inequality. And that poor people should be kept down and so forth”. He’s somewhat exclusive with his politics, you either agree with him and share his politics completely, or you’re a bad person or something. It’s not that you disagree with him, but that you are a bad person all together. Which I don’t have much respect for.
As far as libertarian socialism vs. liberalism, classical Liberalism even, I believe he’s right for the most part. That people who are Liberals today, are not Social Democrats or even Progressives. But people who share my politics or are similar are actual Liberals instead, where people who are called modern Liberals, are essentially Socialists or Social Democrats.
Today’s so-called Progressives, Social Democrats who believe that the state, especially the Federal Government has a big role to play in taking care of the people. And insuring economic equality and that they are somewhat liberal on social issues, depending on what type of Progressive that they are.
Understanding Power: Noam Chomsky on Liberalism, Freedom & Democracy