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CHOMSKY ON ANARCHISM
Noam Chomsky/edited by Barry Pateman
The Grand Old Wizard giving us the ins and outs
of anarchism. The book really is a compilation of Chomsky's varied
writings and interviews on the subject, collected over the last
30 years or so.
Much of Chomsky's writings are direct attacks
on aspects of US foreign policy, blasting holes in stated motives
and uncovering hidden agenda's. Whilst these criticisms and analysis
are defined by his political outlook, it's nice to have something
positive on what the Man believes in rather than what he opposes.
Unlike the Marxist Left, Chomsky consistently refuses
to go into detail on a blueprint of a future society. To do so would
be as unwise as it would be inaccurate. All we can do, he argues,
is set the scene for grassroots, non-hierarchical desicion making
processes to flourish. This means challenging and abolishing all
authoritarian structures unless they can prove their necessity.
(E.g. in the parent/child relationship).
Chomsky has an ability to make what is often seen
as radical politics accessible and historically relevant to peoples
lives. Chomsky's anarchism is similar to the original ideas of democracy
and responsibility espoused by the Forefathers of the United Stares
- Thomas Jefferson and Henry Throueau, and he refers to this regularly.
Indeed the history of anarchist resistance and
innovation was very often initiated by people who had never heard
of Bakunin (who?) or Mutual Aid (what?). The Spanish Civil War,
South Americas landless peasants movement. They had instead a natural
inclination toward direct democracy and direct action. We are anarchists
Chomsky's rebuttal of Statist Communism and the
radical right Libertarian Party is conclusive and helps define his
thoughts (particularly anarcho-syndicalism) on what anarchy exactly
is and isn't. Unfortunately he doesn't expand enough on his criticisms
on Green/primitivist anarchism, currently a big trend, especially
in the States, and the book does repeat itself a bit, while feeling
a little disjointed at times.
Still, bang it on the coffee table and impress your