A garden variety gnome.
It's a humorous take on Noam Chomsky. I would hasten to declare that by no means do I consider him an intellectual gnome, though gigantor he is not. He has done some titanically interesting work in linguistics, but sadly, he is much better known for his gnomic expostulations in politics and the Middle East. The one side of his public persona casts a giant shadow over his achievements in his field of his bona fide expertise.
I subscribe to Bernard Lewis's judgment that:
" Mr. Chomsky's views on Middle Eastern history are about as reliable as my views on linguistics".
In that context, the Noam is aptly represented here----->
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)