Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American professor and public intellectual known for his work in linguistics, political activism, and social criticism. Sometimes called "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is the author of more than 150 books on topics such as linguistics, war, and politics. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.
In relation to MAPs, Chomsky became the subject of international media scrutiny in late April/early May 2023, after the The Wall Street Journal reported that the renown Anarchist/left-wing academic had, among many others, appeared on Jeffrey Epstein's personal calendar and met him multiple times after he was convicted and served a prison sentence for sex crime. After the revelation, large amounts of online media discussed Chomsky's comments in response to media scrutiny. When the Journal asked Chomsky about several meetings scheduled with Epstein between 2015 and 2016, he responded in an email: “First response is that it is none of your business. Or anyone’s. Second is that I knew him and we met occasionally.” In another scheduled meeting with Chomsky, Epstein planned to fly the scholar in to dine with Soon-Yi Previn and her film director husband Woody Allen, himself subjected to years of hostile media attention and career destroying moral panic. Chomsky said: “I’m unaware of the principle that requires that I inform you about an evening spent with a great artist.” Chomsky went on to say that when he met with Epstein, “what was known about Jeffrey Epstein was that he had been convicted of a crime and had served his sentence. According to U.S. laws and norms, that yields a clean slate.”