Noam Chomsky has been one of my most important political mentors. My few conversations with him have been immensely valuable. His work is careful and scholarly. I've since emphasized different aspects of the fight for freedom and justice, especially the hope that is all of our birthright and that has been so trampled. But Chomsky got me to open my eyes and focus on my own duties.
Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. More: en.wikipedia.org.