A Brief Interview with Noam Chomsky on Anarchy, Civilization and Technology

Noam Chomsky interviewed by Lev Chernyi, Toni Otter, Avid Darkly and Noa

Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, April 1, 1991

This very brief interview was obtained immediately after Noam Chomsky arrived in Columbia, Missouri to deliver a lecture on “The New World Order” on April 1, 1991. Unfortunately, when taping began in the middle of our conversation, Noam announced that he had to leave in 5 minutes, so any plans for a more organized and extensive interview had to be scrapped. Anarchy magazine staffers Lev Chernyi, Toni Otter, Avid Darkly and Noa participated in the discussion. This is what we talked about once the recording began — as Noam answered a question regarding his perception of North American anarchists.

Noam Chomsky: … I think if you counted up the number of people who would regard themselves as involved or sympathetic you’d get a pretty large number, but this doesn’t necessarily mean much, because the connections are pretty weak.

Lev Chernyi: I was curious if you try to any extent to keep up with the anarchist press in the U.S. or North America?

Noam: Yes, I guess I subscribe to most of it — more out of duty than anything else I guess.

Lev: Do you ever read Fifth Estate, for example?