16th April

No great action has thus far occurred on this day that warrants an On This Deity entry. Instead, here’s something from Noam Chomsky to think about:

“Personally I’m in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions in the society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism we can’t have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist; that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be established at every level — there’s a little bargaining, a little give and take, but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I’m opposed to political fascism, I’m opposed to economic fascism. I think that until major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it’s pointless to talk about democracy.”


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4 Responses to 16th April

  1. Ramiro says:

    It is nice to see the recognition of Zapatistas and other anarchists on you site. I like this Chomsky quote. Would you call youself an anarchist?

  2. Paul Wyrd says:

    Excellent quote Dorian and totally spot on.

  3. Mike Dixon says:

    I have my issues with Noam sometimes but I like that passage. I’m a pragmatic anarchist with a side of Socialist myself.

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