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on July 2, 2018 at 5:57 PM in Anarchism
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What he’s advocating for is an accountable state vs unaccountable state.
This is similar to why he advocates for unions, even though they are power structures, that power is somewhat accountable to union members verses being fully concentrated in the hands of business owners.
So, what he’s saying, is that realistically you need to have some sort of government to oppose private(unaccountable) power that would inevitably attempt to become a totalitarian government to exploit its citizens.
Chomsky is essentially trying to optimize for maximum individual liberty, while recognizing there needs to be a way to prevent private power from taking away individual liberty.
Yes, and all of that means he is not an anarchist. He is a liberal with some good points.
I think Chomsky would agree to supporting state socialism/social democracy.
I didn’t feel like he glossed over the relationship of the individual and the state. He directly, but unemotionally, addresses the injustices and illegitimacy of the US government in respect to natives and slaves.
I think his primary point in this very short interview was to shed light on the absurdity of gun overship keeping the state in check. It wasn’t meant to be an all encompassing thesis.
His definition of anarchy is not the absence of hierarchy all together, but the practice of challenging and tearing down illegitimate power structures. That the power of violence should be democratically controlled verses privately controlled. I tend to agree with him, but I do acknowledge the risk of corruption. I’m not dogmatic, I just don’t know what would achieve anarchists goals of maximizing individual freedom better.
I wouldn’t lump him in with HRC or Pelosi. He obviously doesn’t support capitalism of the US/globalist variety and I think he supports suppression of fascist speech. Not exactly your vanilla liberal.
So, from my perspective he’s on the left side of anarchy and I wouldn’t vote him out of the community if there were such a thing.
I'm not in a rush to defend Chomsky generally, I might not have been able to listen to it properly because of my setting, but it just seems like he's stating some facts, and in relation to those facts he can be read differently
right libertarians try to prevent private power from being restrained
right libertarians hope that the state won't be captured by the people and used against private power
because in "this world", this context, the state does have the potential power to do that
this is not so much an endorsement the state but an explanation of the action/thought of right wing defenders of private power
More like Noam Chumpsky. This dude gave up on anything outside of basic reformism decades ago. I wish the leftist media would finally figure out that this Chump is not on our side anymore, and we don't give one wet shit about anything he says.
The leftist media isn't exactly on our side either.
But how hard is it, as an anarchist to listen to Chomsky and know almost immediately that this guy isn't on our side? Why do we have people constantly interviewing him? Why are there Chomsky posts on anarchist projects, sites, and forums/subreddits?
Because most 'anarchists' are liberals. I share his stuff because I kno it appeals to white American baby anarchists.