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On Anarchism

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Praise for Noam Chomsky:
"Chomsky is a global phenomenon."
—Samantha Power, The New York Times Book Review

"Chomsky’s fierce talent proves once more that human beings are not condemned to become commodities."
—Eduardo Galeano

"Not to have read [Chomsky] is to court genuine ignorance."
The Nation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595589101
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 168,455
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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.
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Table of Contents

1 Objectivity and liberal scholarship 11
2 Language and freedom 101
3 Notes on anarchism 118
4 The relevance of anarcho-syndicalism (interview) 133
5 Preface to Antologija Anarhizma 149
6 Containing the threat of democracy 153
7 Anarchism, Marxism and hope for the future (interview) 178
8 Goals and visions 190
9 Anarchism, intellectuals and the state (interview) 212
10 Interview with Barry Pateman 221
11 Interview with Ziga Vodovnik 234
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