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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.
Radical linguist, philosopher, and activist Noam Chomsky is widely recognized as one of the foremost intellectuals in contemporary America. Known for his denunciation of U.S. foreign policy, state capitalism, and the mainstream media, he is a fearless critic of established authority, a stance that is informed by his libertarian anarchism.
Chomsky on Anarchism brings together a timely collection of key interviews and articles from across Chomsky's career, providing an invaluable introduction to the brand of anarchism that underpins Chomskys political philosophy. Discussing its roots in the influence of his family, Chomsky is here found eloquently refuting the notion of anarchism as a fixed idea but rather as a living, evolving tradition. He disputes, too, the traditional fault lines between anarchism and socialism, emphasizing the power of collective, rather than individualist, action.
Incorporating revealing interviews with Chomsky by writer Nathan Schneider that update each in light of todays events, this is a book that is sure to provoke and inspire. Profoundly relevant to our times, Chomsky on Anarchism is a touchstone for activists and anyone interested in politics and the man dubbed "our nations conscience."
About the Author
Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT and the author of numerous books including Chomsky vs. Foucault: A Debate on Human Nature, On Language, Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship, and Towards a New Cold War (all available from The New Press). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nathan Schneider writes for The Nation and is an editor for the blogs Waging Nonviolence, a source for daily news and analysis on resistance movements around the world, and Killing the Buddha, an online magazine of religion, culture, and politics. His own website is The Row Boat.