I chose the moniker , “Chomsky redux,” because I find that I
recurrently come back to the prodigious and enlightening work of
Noam Chomsky, who has illuminated the truth of the world in so many
ways. I am far more familiar with his political writing than his
seminal discoveries in linguistics and his distinguished
contributions to philosophy. From the Vietnam War to Reagan’s
aggression against Nicaragua officially condemned by the World
Court to Bush’s illicit war against Iraq up to today’s double
standard on nuclear weapons in the Middle East, no thinker has done
more to elucidate these issues and bring us back to essential moral
and legal touchstones.
It may seem odd to start with these words, but throughout my adult
life—having been a draft resister coming out of college—I have been
concerned with issues of peace, justice, and freedom. Suffice it
say that I am looking for a partner who shares those values in one
Now, don t worry about me being stodgy or something. I live a rich
and balanced life I robustly enjoy art and music, and I ve stayed
in good shape all my life, so I m rather spry for sixty five. That
almost rhymes; I came close.
What I’m doing with my life
I retired from teaching a few years ago, and I now do more writing
and public speaking from time to time, mostly on political matters,
international relations and economics. I also have more time to
pursue other interests, including film, art and music, and simply
getting together with friends for a meal and to talk.
I’m really good at
explaining certain topics. I have always had an interest in what
was concealed and distorted and rationalized--an interest in
finding the deeper truth beneath the veneer. Albert Schweitzer once
"Truth has no special time of its own--it's hour is now always."
That's not an easy standard to live up to, but a worthy one. I'm
also quite good at listening, yet in an active sense, i.e. I really
try to get to know people by asking them about their lives and
their views. I'm pretty good at friendship. It's a blessing to have
a number of close friends whom I've known for decades. I'm also
good at being there when people need help of one kind or another.
The first things people usually notice about me
genuineness. openness, warmth, wit, knowledge, curiosity, optimism,
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Failed States by Noam Chonsky; The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm,
The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud; Government in the
Future by Noam Chomsky; Hitler and Stalin by Alan Bullock; The
Reader Over Your Shoulder by Alan Graves.
Movies: A few of many: Casablanca; Shutter's Island; North by
Northwest; Heist; The Marriage of Maria Braun
Music: a lot by Miles Davis; James Taylor; Sade; Bonnie Raitt; Joni
Mitchell; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Sibelius; Mozart,
Beethoven; Al Green
Food (in random order): mashed potatoes, pasta, humus, chocolate;
red wine; chicken; asparagus; green peas, tapioca pudding; veggie
burgers; black olives
The six things I could never do without
knowledge, mutuality, the art of my step-son Anders, red wine, the
Now, and the sky
I spend a lot of time thinking about
significant world issues. For example, I've written on the Great
Recession and the historical forces that caused it to develop, the
history of the Vietnam War, Israel/Palestine, and the current
crisis with Iran.
On a typical Friday night I am
reading, writing, watching a film, and spending time with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I haven't fallen in love for a long time.
You should message me if
you resonate to the words above and think we might have a real