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Author Johny Diala (12 days)
Libertarians have this nutty delusion that there is some sort of "free
contract" between a potentate and his poor workers. This is largely due to
the fact that they are white, upper-middle class males who have never
endured real poverty. I'd suggest these people try going without food for a
week and see how "free" they are to say no to it once it is offered to
them, even if the person offering them the food is forcing them to do
egregious labour. Capitalism is simply a form of structural coercion; it
exploits the dire situation people are in. It's the farthest thing from
"voluntary"; it's like saying if somone put a gun to your head to try and
mug you, you would be "free" to not give him the money.

Author The Critical G (2 months)
So, according, to Comrade Chomsky, libertarianism means "...power ought to
be given into the hands of private, unaccountable tyrannies..."

When was the last time a Starbucks employee held a gun to your head and
ordered that you buy coffee?

"...even worse than state tyrannies, because there the public has some kind
of rule..."

Excellent, I'm sure that the FDA considers itself very accountable to
citizens who write letters, as do the Federal Reserve, the enforcers of
federal anti-drug laws in States that legalised marijuana, etc.

Why do people listen to this guy?

Author Justin Lee (4 months)
But without government who will murder millions of people?

Author Vuk11 (3 months)
2:40 he is saying unsubsidised capitalism has existed as if that is a claim
that a free market has existed. Africa being the continent with the highest
regulation I don't know how we can say that it's an example of a free

Places like "muh Somalia" were failed states instantly taken over by
warlords. To an Ancap, Statism = Violent Coercive monopoly, which is
exactly what a Warlord it. We do not advocate revolt, as that does leave it
open for Warlords and outside states, we advocate gradual
multi-generational change, towards a more morally based society, one based
on principle and free association. 

Author esmifrado (6 months)
Why is this guy so respected? I never heard him saying anything sensefull
or based in real facts...

Author eyeseethroughyou (1 month)
Gotta love all the right wing proprietarians trolling Chomsky videos. Why
aren't you pseudo-intellectuals off watching Molyneux and Schiff videos,
wanking off any time one of them mentions "FREE MARKETS" and "LIBERTY" ?

Author 9thchild (4 months)
So because we can't reach perfect liberty (in his opinion), then we
shouldn't even bother to try for more liberty than we have? And because
capitalism can't work without perfect liberty we shouldn't bother with that
either? Very hard to follow his logic. I know he's famous and all, but
sometimes people are just wrong. 

Author Jorg Ancrath (4 months)
Coming from someone who tried to downplay the Cambodian genocide to talk up
the potential for collective farming in the region I am little and less

Author Michael Giove (3 months)
Chomsky refutes "libertarian" "anarcho"- capitalism

Author Marcus Porcius Cato TheYounger (8 months)
Chomsky is a linguist (SP?) What can he possibly know.
He does not criticise Economics. He criticized some simple minded straw men
and makes up Historical Facts. He does not even understand what Economics
is about. Example:Are you both better off when you trade? If prices go up,
does demand OR quantity demand fall? Ceteris Paribus? Is Aggregate Demand a
real demand curve?
Chomsky is only listened to by college Marxist liberals who want the USA to
be Socialized either in the European sense or the Classical sense. In
short, he is a prophet for Sociology, Anthropology, Pol. Sci…..etc. None of
these are Sciences. If you think the afore mentioned are sciences,tell me
where is their Laboratory were they prove causality. In Economics the
Laboratories are Game theory and Microeconomics Models. Economists laugh at
these Chomsky followers. They are simple not worth the effort to take them
seriously. So why does anyone listen to Him or Zinn or any Humanity or Arts
or Literature Professors? It is baffling ?

Author Travis Collier (5 months)
This analysis is spot on. In fact the first person to call himself a
libertarian was the anarcho-communist DeJacque who criticized the free
market religion triumphed by a-cap loons. Libertarian ideals in the most
simple sense are the antithesis of authoritarianism.

Author Urbestestbuddy (7 months)
Libertarian Party is an oxymoron. Libertarianism opposes the initiation of
force and political parties aim to control and participate in a monopoly of

Author Durruti Bielski (4 months)
Do you know where i can read the stuff from chomsky?
Some internet library somewhere?

Author Gufberg (5 months)
Its truely comedic to see half-assed idiots, who can barely type out a
grammatically correct sentence, talk about how "stupid" this guy is or how
"he is just and old man who doesn't know what he is a talking about".
He is one of the most renowned and respected Professors in the world. His
ideas have sent reverberations through the fields of History, Economics,
Philosophy and ofcourse linguistics. He is daily invited to University
Symposiums all across the world ... What about you? What are you doing that
gives you the authority to call this guy an idiot? Get out of here.

Author AyaxTelemonio (7 months)
I respect this guy as an anti-establishment intellectual but really, who
listens to him? Only marxist, socialist collectivists. I´ve never heard
about anarco-socialists excepting him, because he never convinced anyone in
the socialist ivy league. he is an anti-statist worshiped by statists.

Author 03Blackbeard (8 months)
Good speech.

Author muledunn (2 months)
What a crock of shit, was hoping for something challenging. Libertarian
ideas such as not locking ppl up for smoking weed is tyrannical ? Noam
Chomsky is the dumbest intellectual's intellectual 

Author Joey Clavette (6 months)
It cuts off at the good part. Where is the rest?

Author Drew Heyen (2 years)
Chomsky refutes "libertarian" "anarcho"- capitalism

Author Bettina Ascaino (1 year)

Author Simon Waddington (1 year)
Chomsky puts his finger on why the US brand of "Libertarianism" is so
deeply suspect and unsatisfying. It's low on liberty, high on tyranny. 

Author Sofa King Owlsome (1 year)

Author AskaLizzy (5 months)
A rich person or a large company, without government to service it and
protect its monopoly, can't cage you or kill you if you disobey it, and
governments only present the theatre, the appearance, that people get a
voice, that it isn't there to cage and murder those who disobey the one it
really serves, the special interests with pull. When he says "everywhere
else" he means in Marxist dominated countries, where the Frankfurt School
social engineering has mind controlled everyone.

Author Brooks Gorden (2 months)
any good videos of real libertarians owning this guy? 

Author Aaron Brenneman (8 months)
So the terms "liberal", "leftist", "progressive", and "socialist" have all
been co-opted to mean something other than society based on freedom to
produce and trade, and he's determined to take "libertarian" as well. He's
a linguist in the Orwellian sense - trying to define opposition out of
existence. Add to that a few straw men and refusal to talk about real
laissez-faire (which has existed in degrees, though not perfectly), and you
have this video. 

Author Metaterrestrial (5 months)
Anarcho-capitalist societies would never develop beyond scattered pig
farms. No roads, no internet – just a few unhealthy families living with
their backwards free trade indoctrination. The only question is whether the
government serves special interests or the population, because it's not
going anywhere. Libertarianism or anarcho-capitalism isn't even worth a
debate, a total fantasy. The problem is there's enough propaganda victims
to take it all seriously and support destructive policies that serve the
corps and the elite.

Author GlennJericho (7 months)
Let me see if I got this right...
The Chump-man says that he's against state-subsidized capitalism.
So in its place, he (the socialist) proposes Smithian laissez-faire
capitalism, but says that the only places that do this are backward
third-world countries, and that the only reason that England, Germany, and
France ever developed and became places with the highest living standards
in the world at all is because of crony capitalism.
So the thing he claims to hate more than anything in life is the source of
all human improvement, the thing he supports is the opposite of what he
claims to be and is also a leading source of poverty and backwardness.
The man is brilliant, but only in the sense that a wet lump of coal is

Author Joe Kidd (8 months)
... brilliant analysis. 

Author Joe C (2 years)
Libertarians - Watch this. Okay? Thanks

Author Rich Grise (8 months)
He serioucly misunderstands what "Libertarian" means, unless he thinks that
maximum individual liberty and a state that only protects property rights
is "tyranny."

Author confabulator99 (7 months)
This is not a refutation. This is typical Chomsky befuddlement about the
meaning of the words "liberty" and "equality" as used by 18th century
economists. Adam Smith meant that in perfect liberty markets will lead to
equality of opportunity, not as Chomsky says,of outcome. Chomsky simply
misreads and misunderstands Classical Liberalism and its connection to
modern Libertarianism. It's he who has got the meaning of the words
backwards. The man loves his semantic games. But serious people don't take
Chomsky seriously on any subject other than linguistics.

Author Alex Schmidtka (7 months)
i think it's hilarious how this psychologist who studied basic development
of language in children is somehow now a figure in the war against
capitalism, this is an example of people clinging on to any bit of bias
they can find to soothe their mental dissonance. theres some psychology for

Author Roy Merritt (8 months)
Conservatism here = Nazism or Fascism or whatever ism you wish to apply.
Feudalism is probably the more appropriate term in the long run. 

Author cerealbole (2 months)
This video is just full of ad hominem attacks. He hasn't actually
presented any arguments. Nothing to refute.

As to his claim to be an anarchist...the word "anarchist" comes from the
Greek word anarchos meaning "one without rulers." In other videos he has
described anarcho-syndicalism, proposing "democratic control" of all
institutions in society. He has also proposed forcing everyone to work the
jobs that nobody wants to work. What does "one without rulers" mean to
you? Does it mean that you are free most of the time but not all of the
time? If your peers have the right to vote to force you to dig ditches,
are they not ruling over you in this instance? My understanding of anarchy
is not that I sometimes get the right to rule you and you sometimes get to
rule me depending on how the mob votes. If someone who understands his
philosophy better could please clarify this for me I would greatly
appreciate it. 

Author Andy Curzon (8 months)
What an odd attitude....doesn't he know egalitarianism has been refuted?!

Author Iktomeone (7 months)
There are an awful lot of logical fallacies being made in the comments
Does anyone have a real criticism against Chomsky or his views?
I've yet to read a single coherent one.
Here or anywhere.

Author Eric Schuchman (19 days)

Author theElasticJesuz . (6 months)
Feudalism - sorry I mean't capitalism (as it's spelt in St Louis) - in a

1. I conquer your land.
2. I force you to pay rent for the land I stole from you.
3. I force you to produce my food of which, if you work hard enough, I'll
allow you 1 turnip as reward.
4. You start to breed since there's little else to relieve the tedium of
your slavery (*sorry I meant freedom* ) BUT YOUR incessant breeding gives
me a headache.
5. Some of my clever mates invent something called machinery and a
light-bulb starts to flash.
6. Machine makes items that the brats WILL need only they don't know it yet
since I haven't yet built the 17th century version of Saatchi and Saatchi.
7. Brats work in factories. Brats make products that they WILL need - OR


C'mon!!! Keep up. It's not that difficult. I went to Oxford, you know!!! ]

7 cont... Brats get paid just enough to stop them revolting but not enough
to make them fat and lazy.
8. I win. They lose. I make plenty of profit and Saatchi and Saatchi get a
nice reward for convincing the plebs they're free to leave anytime they
want so long as they have the ticket fare to the non-Capitalsed Moon.

Three cheers for William the Bastard, as they sing down in Eton...and
Harvard...and Yale...and........... 

Author Juan Manuel Correa Caicedo (3 months)
The division of labour leads to so much efficiency that i can get 15 years
of education without working. That's not as stupid and as ignorant for a
human to be. If adam smith said it, adam smith was wrong

Author Alfonso Gutierrez (4 months)
The tenets of anarchism is brutal and wreckless. Anarchism and its
perspective represent a society that has no accountability or
responsibility to its social compact. 

Author Ian G (27 days)
Fooking commie spook. Time to go bye-bye already, no? Gei in dreard

Author Olivier Francoeur (3 months)
Chomsky has a gift;
He can speak for hours without saying anything.

Author Israel R (23 days)
propaganda. can't those socialist stop distorting everything?

Author Thomas m (4 months)
Ughhh i can't stand chomsky he talks such shiiiiiit 

Author Steffen Zander (7 months)
You keep proclaiming BS!
There are no "free markets". You´re the one reciting "catchphrases"!

Author Rich Beer (4 months)
Chomsky is brilliant on many levels but is not all knowing. He has ideas,
some good, some great and others maybe neither but at least he has ideas
that provoke others to question their own beliefs. Whether you agree with
the viability of anarcho-capitalism or not, it is worth looking at if only
because it is becoming increasingly popular with a subculture of highly
intelligent youth.

Author Richard Stanford Brown (8 months)
In this clip Chomsky speaks 100% crap.

Author Mark V (4 months)
I don't see a refutation here.

Author Michael Coleman (8 months)
Chomsky refutes "libertarian" "anarcho"- capitalism

Author ChasingTruth TakingFlak (2 months)
This is the biggest and most important socialist deception, that
capitalists have distorted language.

Socialists are the true culprits of language confusion, they will tell you
that libertarianism means being the property of your fellow man. They will
tell you that liberty takes the form of mutual societal bondage.

Chomsky is an intelligent man, which is why he's able to pass this bullshit
right under people's noses without them noticing. He turns the expression
of concepts through language into a "he said, she said" pissing contest
about "X" political ideology owning "Y" words.

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