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Chomsky Forum report-back: What did Noam say and what does it mean for us?

Date and Time: 
Sunday, November 20, 2011 -
2:00am to 5:00am

After Noam delivers the 2011 Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, join us for a debrief and discussion. The Chomsky Forum organisers have been lucky enough to be invited to do a short interview with Noam when he is in Sydney. Come along to this debrief to learn what Noam's answers were and discuss how this applies to acitivist causes within Australia.

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Who is Noam Chomsky?

Chomsky is a political dissident and a truly dangerous thinker. He is the world's most-quoted living author. His ideas reveal the possibilities for radical, democratic change - to increase the scope of human freedom. He writes: 'This world is full of suffering, distress, violence and catastrophes. People must decide: does that concern you or not? I say: look around, analyze the problems, ask yourself what you can do and set out!'

Chomsky has spent a lifetime seeking out and challenging illegitimate structures of authority. His razor-sharp critiques of mass media, government and capitalism have led at times to him being vilified, jailed and denied entry to Israel. 'There is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.' He has also been a tireless opponent of war: 'Either there will be a world without war or there won’t be a world.'

Chomsky is also an anarchist: '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 a person identifies, challenges and overcomes illegitimate power, he or she is an anarchist. Most people are anarchists.'

But despite all this, Chomsky is just one individual; he can’t change the world alone. Freedom is won by people acting together, not one celebrity activist.

Join us in the fight to make anarchism a reality!