On Anarchism

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 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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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 132 x 188 x 16mm | 200g
  • 05 Nov 2013
  • New Press
  • English
  • 1595589104
  • 9781595589101
  • 181,427

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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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"The essence of anarchism [is] the conviction that the burden of proof has to be placed on authority and that it should be dismantled if that burden cannot be met." --NOAM CHOMSKY

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