More Reasons of State, More Troubles

Source: Garrison Center
by Joel Schlosberg

“Chomsky’s 1973 book For Reasons of State took its title from a passage by Mikhail Bakunin about how ‘the State is the organized authority, domination, and power of the possessing classes over the masses.’ Chomsky holding out hope in 2021 that the people can and should ‘take the reins of government into their own hands’ likewise ignores Bakunin’s observation that the state’s use of force necessarily ‘shatters the universal solidarity of all men on the earth, and brings some of them into association only for the purpose of destroying, conquering, and enslaving all the rest.'” (09/03/21)