Non-Fiction Book: On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky

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  • eric s.

    kinda funny Jim outlined a different book of the same title! Good to see Gabrielle show up, thx 4 input. thx 4 rdg it, y'all.

    April 23, 2014

  • Raúl

    About a year ago, I heard a lecture on anarchism by a UTSA professor who was very much advocating it. After an hour, he had failed to answer to my satisfaction 2 or 3 of my questions, so I left early. I tried to read Chomsky's book for 2 or 3 chapters before I decided he was being as unrealistic as the professor.

    I hope someone is prepared to explain how anarchy could work in the real world (as opposed to something like an autonomous Amish community, which to some extent is still forced to deal with the outside community for certain supplies). Also, how it could last longer than the Utopian societies of the 19th century (which, if you'll recall, to some degree or another seemed to have the added benefit of polyamory)? I hope I'm not asking for too much. I just want to know how anarchism could successfully be set up in this (or any other) country) today.

    (To be sure, I still like the idea of the Christian communes described in Acts, Chapters 2 and 4, at least in theory.)

    April 17, 2014

  • Robert M

    Agree on both points - the lack of any reality checks anywhere in the media is alarming. It is tragic to see how many are had by appeals to abortion and guns while ignoring the economic raping going on everyday.

    April 17, 2014

  • rob s

    I'm really happy to see Chomsky's work mentioned in a skeptic context. Why is there a near total silence when it comes to his non-linguistic work in the skeptic community? I wish someone could address this issue because as far as I'm concerned, it's laughable to call yourself, or an organization, 'skeptic' while oblivious to his massive contributions on how propagandized this country is. I tried to post a more detailed piece here, but there is a 1000 character limit. If you're a concerned skeptic, please read this and tell me why I shouldn't be ashamed to call myself a skeptic?

    http://bit.ly/1l9tmcu

    Maybe this needs be in the forum...

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Robert M

    Steve I've got a great non fiction book idea. Its a new book by Matt Taibbi The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. One of my favorite authors and has produced some excellent books on current politics/economics. Mull it over.

    3 · April 17, 2014

    • rob s

      Taibbi is one of the very few journalist out there who manage to tell the truth, great recommendation!

      April 17, 2014

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