ZEIT Campus: What was the key experience that made you an anarchist?
Chomsky: There was none. When I was twelve years old, I began to go to
secondhand bookshops. Many of them were run by anarchists who came from
Spain. Therefore it seemed very natural to me to be an anarchist.
ZEIT Campus: Should all students become anarchists?
Chomsky: Yes. Students should challenge authorities and join a long
ZEIT Campus: "Challenge authorities" -- a liberal or a moderate leftist
could accept that invitation.
Chomsky: As soon as one identifies, challenges and overcomes
illegitimate power, he or she is an anarchist. Most people are
anarchists. What they call themselves doesn’t matter to me.
ZEIT Campus: Who or what must challenge today’s student generation?
Chomsky: This world is full of suffering, distress, violence and
catastrophes. Students must decide: does something concern you or not? I
say: look around, analyze the problems, ask yourself what you can do
and set out on the work!