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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595589101
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 186,796
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Anarcho-Curious? or, Anarchist America Nathan Schneider vii

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 Awakening 103

5 Language and Freedom 117

Notes 143

Permissions 169

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