On Anarchism By Noam Chomsky, Nathan Schneider

Anarchism

Many anarchists turned disillusioned with “society” normally and especially the working class. A brand of cultural anarchism emerged in this interval, with its personal types of social group that have been largely disconnected from the broader political struggles. But even if specific self-identified anarchists believe that violence and destruction are somehow excusable or justifiable given the state of affairs or the historical context, they are strategically unsound as techniques for optimistic, liberatory social change.

It is that this trend of social motion anarchism that has the widest enchantment to activists in the United States. Ultimately, the anarchist dismissal of the working class’s revolutionary company is matched by the dismissal of revolution itself. By accepting the state’s existence, anarchists at best doom themselves to function as a strain group on the state, or at worst, retreat into utopian experiments (“behaving in another way towards one another”) that pose no severe problem … Read More