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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: New Press (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595589104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595589101
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling and influential political books, including Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Interventions, Hopes and Prospects, Gaza in Crisis, Making the Future and Occupy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R.Mark on 1 Sept. 2014
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An excellent collection of Chomsky's discourse on anarchism.

The first chapter ('Notes on Anarchism') is essential reading for anyone interested in anarchism or Chomsky, giving a very rational and historically grounded - but no less radical - perspective on the anarchist tradition.

The second chapter ('Excerpts from "Understanding Power"') is very interesting and covers some widely misunderstood aspects of revolutionary libertarian thought (such as it being utopian, that it is unworkable in large-scale/advanced societies, the supposed polarity of the individual and collective, the confusion of anarchy with chaos and traditional libertarianism with US 'libertarianism', the futility of creating definitive or intricate blueprints for future societies, the negation of the wage incentive, and more).

The third chapter ('Part II of "Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship"') elucidates Chomsky's perspective of the anarchist revolution in Spain, as he challenges the liberal elitist narrative. As the 1936 social revolution is probably considered the greatest advancement of humanity so far by libertarians everywhere, this is a significant and intense analysis.

The fourth chapter ('Interview with Harry Kreisler, from "Political Awakenings"') connects Chomsky's early life and experiences with his understanding of the world, and so provides a more personal look at his thought.

The fifth chapter ('Language and Freedom') is a fascinating read as Chomsky bases his examination of both freedom and language on the classical liberal and Cartesian schools of thought, and subsequently tries to connect both, ultimately proposing a direction for future scholarship rather than providing the answers.

However, the introduction ('Anarcho-curious?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AA on 26 Feb. 2014
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A nice introduction to Chomsky's thoughts. I would also recommend checking out Chomsky's talks and debates on this topic (of which plenty exist on the internet).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gen on 12 Aug. 2014
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This is a collection of articles, speeches and interviews: I feel a synthesis of them into a new article would be much more valuable than reading several slightly different articles. I'd recommend this book only if you're a fan of Chomsky and know the subject already quite well.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Wilmot on 21 Feb. 2014
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Chomsky takes on the impossible task of answering what the alternative to dysfunctional government should be. The era of the individual is coming worldwide. That will be a vindication that Chomsky is right and government is wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JT on 16 Oct. 2014
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A bit hard going in places, but enlightening
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Good book, though I don't agree a society can survive in the modern political world with anarchism of any kind, it's certainly more plausible than I initially thought.
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By D J Teader on 16 May 2015
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As with all Chomsky's works it gives you a lot to think about.
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