Noam Chomsky on Enlightenment, Classical Liberalism, Anarchism (2/8)



if you go back to the enlightenment though there were some of the strains had to do with like this we're now really talking about the origins of classical liberalism which anarchism kind of grew out of in a way but classical liberalism was say in the longfin Humboldt parts of her so those second discourse other Enlightenment conceptions I should goes all the way back to the cart it was committed to a conception of human nature as being based on unconstrained creative activity so for example and say for Humboldt is basic it was one of the founders of classical liberalism also the modern education system is also linguistics in fact his the picture of his basic picture was summarized in a phrase in which he said that if a craftsman that produces a beautiful work on command that we may admire what he does but we'll despise what he is a tool in the hands of others if the craftsman creates out of his own interest initiative commitment search and we admire what he is and the same with a child if a child is treated like it's a in the schools like a vessel into which you pour water maybe the water will come out again in the right form but it's not education what the teacher ought to be doing is bolts phrase laying out a thread along which the student progresses and his or her own way from inner impulses and that relates to immediately to social organization follows right away that any acceptable decent to form of social organization ought to be based on what a nurture and encourage a free creative activity and that includes self-determination control of all the decisions that matter in the in the institution so it's a kind of like a seamless web and out of that comes classical liberalism and as Rudolf rocker and I just think you pointed out I think we accurately that classical liberalism foundered on the shoals of capitalism when this is pre capitalist and when capitalist structures developed classical liberalism was destroyed it couldn't its own conceptions of freedom independence and creativity were stunted or destroyed by the hierarchical managerial structure that was a core of capitalist capitalist institutions and anarchism then would be the from this point of view would be the development of the remnants of classical liberalism and conversion of them into ways of thinking and acting in capitalist or post-capitalist society anarcho-syndicalism specifically was directed towards organization of the industrial societies but so I think there's a continuity and these irrationalist tendencies that you mentioned that essentially tried to undercut it from the beginning from the core of the Enlightenment the commitment to rationality progress individual




Comments
  1. Somebody needs to tell him that he can't talk as loud as he used to, so he needs to put his lips closer to the mike.

  2. As if I don't always have to raise the windows volume and volume-knob to hear Chomsky speak, you added a soundtrack in the intro & outro as well?!? C'mon. I love Chomsky, but if you add a soundtrack, that's just never going to fly with me.

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