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Mon Apr 20, 2015, 06:16 AM

29. "described his own politics variously as anarchist, anarchosyndicalist, and libertarian socialist"

From Chomsky.info:

Noam Chomsky
by Christian Garland
In International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, Immanuel Ness, ed., Blackwell Publishing, 2009

Chomsky has described his own politics variously as anarchist, anarchosyndicalist, and libertarian socialist, allying himself with both classical anarchism and the critical libertarian Marxist and left communist traditions equally hostile to orthodox Marxism and Leninism. Chomsky maintains that these currents represent the logical development of the Enlightenment precepts of rational and critical inquiry engaged with the social world of which they are part. Chomsky's position on achieving small victories in the short term which "expand the floor of the cage" -- for example, struggles to defend universal public services from privatization -- has not been without controversy, with some anarchists accusing him of reformism and in some cases "statism." Chomsky has countered such accusations with the response that short-term victories aimed at expanding the cage in which we are trapped by capital and state should be seen as "preliminaries to dismantling it."


A brief video of Chomsky defining socialism can be found at this link



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