Quotable: Noam Chomsky on student activism and anarchism

“Anarchists try to identify power structures. They urge those exercising power to justify themselves. This justification does not succeed most of the time. Then anarchists work at unmasking and mastering the structures, whether they involve patriarchal families, a Mafia international system or the private tyrannies of the economy, the corporation. […] As soon as one identifies, challenges and overcomes illegitimate power, he or she is an anarchist. Most people are anarchists. What they call themselves doesn’t matter to me. […] This world is full of suffering, distress, violence and catastrophes. Students must decide: does something concern you or not? I say: look around, analyze the problems, ask yourself what you can do and set out on the work!”

— Noam Chomsky, interview with Zeit Campus

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2 Responses to Quotable: Noam Chomsky on student activism and anarchism

  1. MoS says:

    Encouraging news from the hacker group “Anonymous”. They took down Monsanto for two days and fleeced its computers for documents and critical info. They say they’ll post the good stuff on a Wiki. And now they’ve moved on. This time their targets are the oil companies operating the Athabasca Tar Sands. Anonymous has called for widespread civil disobedience to shut down Big Bitumen.

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