Students Should Become Anarchists
- Chomsky: 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.
- ZEIT Campus: What was the key experience that made you an anarchist?
- Chomsky: There was none. When I was twelve years old, I began to go to secondhand bookshops. Many of them were run by anarchists who came from Spain. Therefore it seemed very natural to me to be an anarchist.
- ZEIT Campus: Should all students become anarchists?
- Chomsky: Yes. Students should challenge authorities and join a long anarchist tradition.
- ZEIT Campus: "Challenge authorities" -- a liberal or a moderate leftist could accept that invitation.
- Chomsky: 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.
- ZEIT Campus: Who or what must challenge today’s student generation?
- Chomsky: 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!