On Anarchism

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The New Press, Nov 5, 2013 - Political Science - 128 pages
On Anarchism provides the reasoning behind Noam Chomsky's fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. In these essays, Chomsky redeems one of the most maligned ideologies, anarchism, and places it at the foundation of his political thinking. Chomsky's anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian. Moreover, it is a living, evolving tradition that is situated in a historical lineage; Chomsky's anarchism emphasizes the power of collective, rather than individualist, action.

The collection includes a revealing new introduction by journalist Nathan Schneider, who documented the Occupy movement for Harper's and The Nation, and who places Chomsky's ideas in the contemporary political moment. On Anarchism will be essential reading for a new generation of activists who are at the forefront of a resurgence of interest in anarchism—and for anyone who struggles with what can be done to create a more just world.
 

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User Review  - bkinetic - LibraryThing

Chomsky makes a good case for anarchism. A highlight is the autobigraphical section detailing how he came to be an anarcho-syndicalist. A significant part of the book is a reinterpretation of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - chaosmogony - LibraryThing

A great read, which would justify itself alone for Chomsky's dismantling of the ideas that "socialism" was represented by the USSR, or that "capitalism" as practiced by the US is free of tyranny (and ... Read full review

Contents

1 Notes on Anarchism
1
2 Excerpts from Understanding Power
21
3 Part II of Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship
45
4 Interview with Harry Kreisler from Political Awakenings
103
5 Language and Freedom
117
Notes
143
Permissions
169
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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT and the author of numerous books, including Towards A New Cold War, The Chomsky-Foucault Debate, On Language, and Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship (all available from The New Press). He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. Nathan Schneider is the author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse and God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet. He also edits the online publications Waging Nonviolence and Killing the Buddha. He lives in Brooklyn.