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Noam Chomsky Quote: “The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “So if a person produces an object on command, Humboldt wrote, we may admire what he did but we will despise what he is, not a true human being who acts in his own impulses and desires.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The mass media serve as a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace. It is their function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfil this role requires systematic propaganda.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things. Noam Chomsky.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “I see no anti-Semitic implications in denial of the existence of gas chambers, or even denial of the Holocaust.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “It takes one minute to tell a lie, and an hour to refute it.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The fact is that if you have not developed language, you simply don’t have access to most of human experience, and if you don’t have access to experience, then you’re not going to be able to think properly.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Neoliberal democracy. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “What’s the point of being better than someone else?”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Of course, everybody says they’re for peace. Hitler was for peace. Everybody is for peace. The question is: What kind of peace?”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “All public resources go to the rich. The poor, if they can survive in the labor market, fine. Otherwise, they die. That’s economics in a nutshell.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Technology is basically neutral. It’s kind of like a hammer. The hammer doesn’t care whether you use it to build a house, or whether a torturer uses it to crush somebody’s skull.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “In a really business-run society like the United States, the business elites are deeply committed to class struggle and are engaged in it all the time. They’re instinctive Marxists.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Social and political issues in general seem to me fairly simple; the effort to obfuscate them in esoteric and generally vacuous theory is one of the contributions of the intelligentsia to enhancing their own power and the power of those they serve.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry?”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “It’s as if we’re higher apes who had a language faculty inserted.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Just as I’m opposed to political fascism, I’m opposed to economic fascism. I think that until major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it’s pointless to talk about democracy.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “There are very deep and restrictive principles that determine the nature of human language and are rooted in the specific character of the human mind.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The rise of multinational corporations that know neither patriotism nor morality but only self-interest, has made accountability almost non-existent. At virtually every level, I discern a demand by business for docile government and unrestrained corporate individualism. Where industry once yearned for subservient unions, it now wants no unions at all.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Aggression is “the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If something is repeated over and over as obvious, the chances are that it is obviously false.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The whole educational and professional training system...”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The kind of work that should be the main part of life is the kind of work you would want to do if you weren’t being paid for it. It’s work that comes out of your own internal needs, interests and concerns.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The US intervened in the Philippines to uplift and christianize the backward people, killing a couple of hundred thousand of them and destroying the place. The same thing happened in Haiti, the same thing happened with other countries.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does, he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Mexico is a pretty poor country, but they are maintaining a free, high quality public education system, not for everyone of course but pretty substantial.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce. The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “To some degree it matters who’s in office, but it matters more how much pressure they’re under from the public.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn’t betray it I’d be ashamed of myself.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The elections are run by the same guys who sell toothpaste. They show you an image of a sports hero, or a sexy model, or a car going up a sheer cliff or something, which has nothing to do with the commodity, but it’s intended to delude you into picking this one rather than another one.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Why should workers agree to be slaves in a basically authoritarian structure? They should have control over it themselves. Why shouldn’t communities have a dominant voice in running the institutions that affect their lives?”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The police can go to downtown Harlem and pick up a kid with a joint in the streets. But they can’t go into the elegant apartments and get a stockbroker who’s sniffing cocaine.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Aristotle was right – the way to overcome the paradox of democracy is by reducing inequality, not reducing democracy.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Our only real hope for democracy is that we get the money out of politics entirely and establish a system of publicly funded elections.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “It’s only terrorism if they do it to us. When we do much worse to them, it’s not terrorism.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The freer the society gets, the more dangerous the great beast becomes and the more you have to be careful to cage it somehow.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you are working 50 hours a week in a factory, you don’t have time to read 10 newspapers a day and go back to declassified government archives. But such people may have far-reaching insights into the way the world works.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The government has a defect: it’s potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they’re pure tyrannies.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Farming out atrocities to paramilitaries is standard operating procedure.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The death penalty can be tolerated only by extreme statist reactionaries who demand a state that is so powerful that it has the right to kill.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The American claim that the bombing of North Vietnam was directed against military targets does not withstand direct investigation.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Modern China; one also finds many things that are really quite admirable.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The general public are not even aware of major decisions that will determine their fate, hence are in no position to influence them.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Nothing in these abstract economic models actually works in the real world. It doesn’t matter how many footnotes they put in, or how many ways they tinker around the edges. The whole enterprise is totally rotten at the core: it has no relation to reality.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The goal is a society in which the basic social unit is you and your television set. If the kid next door is hungry, it’s not your problem. If the retired couple next door invested their assets badly and are now starving, that’s not your problem either.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “I mean, what’s the elections? You know, two guys, same background, wealth, political influence, went to the same elite university, joined the same secret society where you’re trained to be a ruler – they both can run because they’re financed by the same corporate institutions.”
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