Chomsky On Anarchism
We all know what Noam Chomsky is against. His scathing analysis of everything that's wrong with our society reaches more and more people every day. His brilliant critiques of-among other things-capitalism, imperialism, domestic repression and government propaganda have become mini-publishing industries unto themselves. But, in this flood of publishing and republishing, ver...more
As a professor of linguistics Chomsky knows words mean things. He sticks to the proper usage of words rather than the contemporary view. Historically, libertarian does no ...more
The vast majority of people have no idea what anarchism is. (Chaos and bombs, right?) This is unfortunate. Anarchism is so beautiful and liberating, and really, truly founded in common sense.
The basic premise which Chomsky reiterates many times is that humans should be completely free, to the greatest extent possible. Any structure, relationship, or insti ...more
This particular book is a great way for one to be introduced not only ...more
The high point was “Containing the Threat of Democracy”, which was one of the longer ...more
At the end of the day, one has to ask: Who's the audience? At $16 for 140 neatly ...more
"...every form of authority and domination and hierarchy, every authoritarian structure, has to prove that it's justified--it has no prior justification. For instance, when you stop your five-year-old kid from trying to cross the street, that's an authoritarian situation: it's got to be justified. Well, in that cas ...more
The book can be divided, broadly, into 3 categories; Anarchist theory, a history of the Anarcho-Syndicalist communes during Spanish Civil War, and slightly denser philosophical treatise, situated with his an ...more
This small compilation includes an essay on modern anarchism, 2 excerpts from interviews, 2 other essays related to anarchism, and an extensive bibliography. The version I read also had a introduction by Nathan Schneider, which was ins ...more
ORIGINAL REVIEW (January 16, 2010)
Noam Chomsky didn't write this book, but it is a collection of interviews conducted with Chomsky, chapter excerpts from boo ...more
I would say that this compilation works pretty well, and that after reading it I understand the topic in question much better.
1. Notes o ...more
The book is divided as follows:
Chapter 1. Notes on Anarchism (20 pages ): Gives ...more
This book was challenging in parts, particularly where I was not familiar with the terminology such as the classical (now warped) notion of libertarianism, and in regards to the historical events of the Spanish Civil War.
Nevertheless, this book was so eloquent, so ...more
I hope to get around to a more sophisticated review of this particular collection in the future for now I can just say you get what you expect. It's Chomsky, in his calm and analytic manner sharing his thoughts with anyone who cares to listen.
The collection tends to get a bit redundant as some points are reiterated over again but I especially enjoy ...more
"at every stage of history our concern must be to dismantle those forms of authority and oppression that survive from an era when they might have been justified in terms of the need for security or survival or economic development, but that now contribute to—rather than alleviate—material and cultural deficit."
"It would be hard to find a working model of an ideal. Yes, but ...more
I read this book, a collection of his writings and talks about anar ...more
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Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. H ...more