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[Anarchism] calls for an elimination to tyranny, all kinds of tyranny. Including the kind of tyranny that’s internal to private power concentrations. So why should we prefer it? Well I think because freedom is better than subordination. It’s better to be free than to be a slave. Its’ better to be able to make your own decisions than to have someone else make decisions and force you to observe them. I mean, I don’t think you really need an argument for that. It seems like … transparent. The thing you need an argument for, and should give an argument for, is, How can we best proceed in that direction? And there are lots of ways within the current society. One way, incidentally, is through use of the state, to the extent that it is democratically controlled. I mean in the long run, anarchists would like to see the state eliminated. But it exists, alongside of private power, and the state is, at least to a certain extent, under public influence and control — could be much more so. And it provides devices to constrain the much more dangerous forces of private power. Rules for safety and health in the workplace for example. Or insuring that people have decent health care, let’s say. Many other things like that. They’re not going to come about through private power. Quite the contrary. But they can come about through the use of the state system under limited democratic control … to carry forward reformist measures. I think those are fine things to do. They should be looking forward to something much more, much beyond, — namely actual, much larger-scale democratization. And that’s possible to not only think about, but to work on.
Me with some of the cool stuff my family got me for X-Mas : A Pirate Bay T-Shirt, The book “Theory and Practice of Anarcho-Syndicalism” by Rudolf Rocker, and “Indignez-vous” by Stephane Hessel, a book in french that invigorated the Occupy movement in Switzerland. I don’t think I acknowledge enough just how cool my family is.

Me with some of the cool stuff my family got me for X-Mas : A Pirate Bay T-Shirt, The book “Theory and Practice of Anarcho-Syndicalism” by Rudolf Rocker, and “Indignez-vous” by Stephane Hessel, a book in french that invigorated the Occupy movement in Switzerland. I don’t think I acknowledge enough just how cool my family is.

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human [and non-human] freedom.

Noam Chomsky (via newanddifferentsun)

Or how to convince you to become an anarchist with one simple sentence. Chomsky-Swag

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David Hume was intrigued by “the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, the implicit submission with which men resign” their fate to their rulers. This he found surprising because “force is always on the side of the governed. If people realize that, they would rise up and overthrow the masters. He concluded that government is founded on control of opinion, a principle that “extends to the most despotic and most military governments as well as to the most free and most popular
— Profit Over People - Noam Chomsky (via cultureofresistance)
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[In] representative democracy, as in, say, the United States or Great Britain […] there is a monopoly of power centralized in the state, and secondly – and critically - […] the representative democracy is limited to the political sphere and in no serious way encroaches on the economic sphere […] That is, as long as individuals are compelled to rent themselves on the market to those who are willing to hire them, as long as their role in production is simply that of ancillary tools, then there are striking elements of coercion and oppression that make talk of democracy very limited, if even meaningful.
— Noam Chomsky (via crownless)
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Well, I must say that politics in this country now is in a state that I think has no analogue in American history and maybe nowhere in any parliamentary system. It’s astonishing. I mean, I’m not a great enthusiast for Obama, as you know, from way back, but at least he’s somewhere in the real world. Perry, who’s very likely—very likely to get the—to win the primary and win the nomination, and maybe to win the election, he’s often in outer space. I mean, his views are unbelievable. Bachmann is the same. Romney is kind of more or less toward the center. These are—the positions that they are taking are utterly outlandish.

I mean, as you mentioned before, I just came back from Europe, where people just can’t believe what they’re seeing here, what people are saying. I mean, take one of the really crucial issues for the human species: doing something about environmental catastrophe. Well, you know, every single one of the Republican candidates—maybe not Huntsman, but every major one—is a climate change denier. It’s kind of ironic in the case of Perry. He says there’s no global warming, while Texas is burning up with the highest temperatures on record, fire all over the place, and so on. But it doesn’t matter, it’s just not happening. In fact, the one who has conceded that maybe global warming has taken place is Michele Bachmann. I heard a statement of hers in which she said, “Well, yes, maybe it’s happening. It’s God’s punishment for allowing gay marriage,” or some comment like that. I mean, this—what’s going on there is just off the international spectrum of sane behavior.

— Noam Chomsky
The phrase the ‘discovery of America’ is obviously wrong. What they discovered was an America that had been discovered for thousands of years before by its inhabitants. Thus what took place was the invasion of America – an invasion by a very alien culture.
— Noam Chomsky (via azelie)
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If capital is privately controlled, then people are going to have to rent themselves in order to survive. Now, you can say, “they rent themselves freely, it’s a free contract”—but that’s a joke. If your choice is, “do what I tell you or starve,” that’s not a choice—it’s in fact what was commonly referred to as wage slavery in more civilized times, like the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for example.
— Noam Chomsky (via climbingmtlyell)

As a part of the next attempt of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, there will be an American boat aptly named “The Audacity of Hope”. The website of the group of the U.S. boat states that they are “a coalition of organizations and a grassroots campaign of individuals who together are joining to launch a U.S. BOAT TO GAZA. When the U.S. boat, THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, sails it will take its place in the next Freedom Flotilla to participate in the great international effort to break the blockade of Gaza and to end the occupation of Palestine. From the deck of The Audacity of Hope, we will be in a powerful and unique position to challenge U.S. foreign policy and affirm the universal obligation to uphold international law and human rights.”

http://ustogaza.org/

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
— Noam Chomsky (via human-voices)
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Just got my very own copy of Noam Chomsky’s latest book “Hopes and Prospects”!

Just got my very own copy of Noam Chomsky’s latest book “Hopes and Prospects”!

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Noam Chomsky destroys William F. Buckley on his own show.