Media Watch: Noam Chomsky on Independence

Noam Chomsky, one of the worlds top public intellectuals, on independence:

“Well, I’m a little reluctant to draw any conclusions. I mean, I have an instinctive feeling in favour of devolution, regionalisation, turning to local authorities and so on.

On the other hand, there are costs, and I don’t think you can take a casual attitude towards estimating the costs and the benefits without really thinking through what the people on the scene are… what it’s going to mean to them.

Without an intimate acquaintance with the particular circumstances, I think it’s kind of irresponsible to draw judgement. My own feeling would be in favour of devolution, but there are so many consequences that have to be worked out that I think it just has to be evaluated by the people who are going to live with the consequences.”

Taken from an interview after receiving his honorary degree from St. Andrews University, Scotland