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
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
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 read this book, a collection of his writings and talks about anar...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
At the end of the day, one has to ask: Who's the audience? At $16 for 140 neatly...more
Comprised of eleven chapters: five essays, five interviews, and one selection being an introduction to a book; it was more informative than I had originally expected, and held a few surprises that enlightened me a bit on the thoughts of a man that I have read so much and heard so much of in the p...more
From Chomsky's point of view, anarchy seems to conform most closely with anarcho-syndicalism, which is nothing more than a decentralized form of democracy that conce...more
Yo soy un lector de Chomsky, me he acostumbrado a su manera de explicar las cosas, que huye, sobre todo en su faceta de activista, de complicadas teorías aptas sólo para vanguardias, para iniciados y para admiradores de lo ininteligible. Pues en este libre está Chomsky en estado puro. Con sus contradicciones y su manera het...more
I suppose my biggest problem with Chomsky's thoughts here is his valorizing of progressive, state-implemented reformism--which is not to suggest...more
Chomsky's critique of both State Socialism and State Capitalism is brilliant, but possible alternatives are not perfectly clear. We know very little about human nature and society. Still, we have a sort of Pascal's wager that we are faced with. We can take the conservative approach an...more
I read this book when I was young, probably twelve or thirteen years old, and I gained a lot from it in that it gave me directions to go in my research. Based on Chomsky's own readings described in the book, I ended up reading Kropotkin, Bakunin and the like.
For most, it would probably be easier to just go straight to the author...more
The two downsides I can think of are: much of it is repetitive, but that's the be expected given it's a compilation; and, Chomsky's Eurocentric view of anarchism. For him, anarchism is a European, Age of Reason, classical liberalism doctrine and nothing else. I disagree and think it's unproductive to define anarchism so narrowly.
Very much worth a read.
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
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