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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chomsky - [On] The IWW and Anarcho-Syndicalism

This is some email communication I had with Mr. Chomsky. I'm putting it up here because it ought to be up here. I sent this while I was reading the Industrial Worker, and also wondering about the Cornell ISSE and if it could play any role is actually contributing to any change in workers' rights in Ithaca NY, or just be another college reading circle. Chomsky's response follows.

Ian Schlom ... Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM
To: Chomsky...
Dear Professor Chomsky,
I've heard rumor (Wikipedia) that you are a member of the IWW.
Do you think that the IWW is a viable means for bringing worker justice or even anarcho-syndicalism?
If it's not too much, I'd also love to hear your position on strategies that are openly socialist, like Socialist parties or organisations, if those tactics are "too early" and put off people.

Thank you,
Ian Schlom

Noam Chomsky Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 5:51 PM
Reply-To: chomsky...
To: Ian Schlom ...

Yes, I’m a member. The IWW was quite significant a century ago, before it was wiped out by Woodrow Wilson. It’s be slightly resuscitated in recent years, and is doing some good things, but it’s a collection of very small groups.

The problem with Socialist organizations right now is not choice of strategies, but bringing them into existence. Right now most of the battles are defensive: trying to preserve what was once achieved. If that doesn’t change soon, it will be too late.


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