Anarchism and the State as a Technology

Noam Chomsky and Bob Black offer contrasting forms of anarchism with very different attitudes to democracy. Black’s version may be more coherent as anarchism, but Chomsky’s might have a better chance of altering the trajectory of human social evolution.

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Pinker on Scientism

Contrary to Steven Pinker’s recent attempt to rehabilitate “scientism”, I argue that the word should stand for a persistent belief that the trustworthiness of institutionalised science is a matter of fact rather than something that needs to be subject to continuous empirical re-evaluation.