Happy Birthday, Noam!

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On Dec. 7, 1928, Avram Noam Chomsky was born into this world, and he’s still, even as a senior citizen, screaming and kicking.

That’s actually quite remarkable. You see, Professor Chomsky is of the opinion that people “shouldn’t be subjected to things like division of labor, which destroys them …” But despite having been subjected to division of labor for decades, Chomsky himself remains “Undestroyed.” You would think that someone of that opinion would not limit his labor to one narrow field but would move from one occupation to another (baker, lumberjack, dentist, musician, truck driver, etc.) in an attempt to escape “destruction” at the jaws of division of labor – and that he’d advise everyone else to do likewise (which would effectively end division of labor). But no, he continues to play his specific part and shows·no signs of letting up, which leads me to conclude that if he can survive division of labor, perhaps there’s hope for the rest of us.

Professor Chomsky isn’t the first person whose existence refutes his ideas, and he certainly won’t be the last. Happy birthday, sir, and many, many more!

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