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On Anarchism Paperback – November 5, 2013
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The book consists of five chapters; each taken from a previously published work. Although copyright 2013, the earliest chapter is from 1969, the latest @2002.
The first is an essay entitled 'Notes on Anarchism' and is just that; a wide variety of thoughts, with quotes from others, as to just what true anarchism is, and is not. The second chapter, excerpts from Understanding Power, is worth the price of the book. A question and answer session (Chomsky giving the answers) seemingly in a group setting with various people raising the essential questions of anarchism (tension of collectivism vs. individual freedom etc.) Chomsky gives a magnificent tour-de-force performance in replies. He also mentions the anarchy/chaos situation.
The third chapter is one of very heavy reading. Stating that the Spanish Revolution, 1936-37, is of great historical significance, Chomsky not only reviews the history of the 'people's revolution' which was crushed by those in power, but, citing numerous historians, questions whether or not their views coincided with reality as to what was happening. If you're not familiar with the named historians or their works, this is a tough read.Read more ›
This book is a collection of excerpts from past articles, talks, etc., rather than a single coherent exploration of anarchy in theory and practice. The reader should not expect a text book on the subject, but rather a history lesson and an exhortation to the "anarcho-curious" to embrace the notion that we are each entitled to dominion over our own lives, and to enlighten those who blindly submit to unjustified and unjustifiable impositions of power and authority.
As Schneider notes (and many of Chomsky's critics on the left, who find this inconsistent), Chomsky pragmatically or strategically accepts working within the system so as to prevent right-wing restrictions or for public safety (he uses an example of a rabid raccoon resisting humane traps so he and his neighbors agreed to call authorities to deal with it after local attempts had failed), "because by doing so you can help move to a situation where you can then challenge these structures.Read more ›
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A crucial read to help sift through all the misinformation about human relationships.
Anarchy has long been deliberately confused with "Chaos", to our detriment. Read more
I picked this book because I wanted to know what makes Chomsky say the things he says. I highly recommend this book for those interested in what influenced Chomsky and many like... Read morePublished 15 months ago by greg a
A very enlightening and educational read. This book is a compilation of a lot of Chomsky's work and thoughts on anarchism/ left libertarianism through the years. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nicholas Andrew
Great introduction to Chomsky's flavor of anarchism: anarcho-syndicalism. The first chapter covers the definition and history. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. Cardona
From the book:
"WOMAN: It seems to me that as a social system, anarchism makes such bottom-line sense that it was necessary to discredit the word, and take it out of... Read more