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The other reviews have highlighted some of the key problems with this book being selection of essays from over last 40 years (1969 onwards) so not wholly current, plus while a general connection exists around the issues of and understanding how anarchism might work in practice, overall the wide variety of ideas on show defeats the book being a well structured or logical read on the subject.

The key problem for me as a general reader wanting to learn more is that in a number of cases the essays and content are simply too dense to easily communicate the ideas under consideration. The badly written introduction by Nathan Schneider or the final Chomsky essay "Language and Freedom" being a treatise on linguistics and philosophy which requires a pretty in depth initial understanding of both subjects to start to understand the points being made, are the two worst examples.

Offsetting this are an excellent essay from 1969 on how "liberal" historians have treated the anarchist movement in the Spanish Civil War (given the great output of books since 1969 on this topic, especially across the last 20 years, the essay cries out for an Updated footnote by Chomsky which has sadly not been attempted) and a semi autobiographical Q&A interview on how Chomsky's early years and family developed his interest in anarchism, including his early interest in the Spanish Civil War.

Overall not an easy or consistent read but the gems that exist are well worth the price and persevering to struggle through to read.
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on 31 March 2016
I was disappointed with this book. It is a selection of old articles by Noam Chomsky. These were interesting enough and included an account of the struggle between anarchists and communists during the Spanish Civil War. However, I had hope for more contemporary material that reflected Noam's current thinking.
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on 12 August 2014
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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on 26 February 2014
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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on 29 March 2016
Clearly made up from various sources; interesting chapter on Spanish civil war. I enjoyed the book, the last chapter on language and freedom especially.
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on 16 October 2014
A bit hard going in places, but enlightening
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on 21 February 2014
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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on 13 June 2016
Excellent read
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on 7 August 2015
Insightful reading on a higly misunderstood topic. Chomsky does a remarkable work of lighten up what Anarchism is really like and not what mainstream media and common preconceptions wish us to think (sometimes even self-defining anarchists seem to share theese misconceptions).
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on 8 March 2016
very good
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