Chomsky is a social anarchist, influenced by the utopian view of the social anarchists during the Spanish Civil War. He has made less politically correct statements, such as criticizing some aspects of Israel, United States foreign policy, and mass media manipulation, although such statements are typically framed within a far leftist narrative and not particularly controversial within the far left.
According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar during the 1980–1992 time period, and was the eighth-most cited overall. Also among the top ten on this particular list were Marx, Lenin, and Freud.
He has been extensively criticized, including by other Jews more supportive of Israel, such as in the book The Anti-Chomsky Reader, which criticizes Chomsky's linguistical theories (even accusing him of intellectual misconduct), his political claims, as well as his support for the right of freedom of speech for Holocaust revisionists (the "Faurisson affair").
A different view is that "Chomsky’s position on Israel however, reveals him to be the most subtle Zionist, playing the far-Left guru, actually being just another (conscious or not) hypocritical ethnic activist." Chomsky has opposed boycotting Israel, denied the influence of the Israel lobby, opposed the right of return for descendants of the Palestinian refugees, and supported the mass immigration and multiculturalism in Western countries.
Over the long term, you can expect capitalism to be anti-racist -- just because it's anti-human. And race is in fact a human characteristic -- there's no reason why it should be a negative characteristic, but it is a human characteristic. So therefore identifications based on race interfere with the basic ideal that people should be available just as consumers and producers, interchangeable cogs who will purchase all the junk that's produced -- that's their ultimate function, and any other properties they might have are kind of irrelevant, and usually a nuisance.
—Noam Chomsky, on race.
By now Jews in the US are the most privileged and influential part of the population. You find occasional instances of anti-semitism but they are marginal. Anti-semitism is no longer a problem. It's raised, but it's raised because privileged people want to make sure they have total control, not just 98% control.
—Noam Chomsky, on the "anti-semitism" hoax.
- "Chomsky is Citation Champ". MIT News Office. April 15, 1992. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/1992/citation-0415.html
- Noam Chomsky: The Cleverest Zionist http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2016/07/noam-chomsky-the-cleverest-zionist/