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Noam Chomsky Quote: “Since the civil war in Laos was resumed in earnest in 1963, American participation has been veiled in secrecy.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If a child from an Amazonian hunter-gatherer tribe comes to Boston, is raised in Boston, that child will be indistinguishable in language capacities from my children growing up here, and vice versa.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Half the population hold that the government is run by a few big interests looking out for themselves, as polls regularly show.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Markets are lethal, if only because of ignoring externalities, the impacts of their transactions on the environment.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “There’s no more morality in world affairs, fundamentally, than there was at the time of Genghis Khan.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The country that consistently ranks among the highest in educational achievement is Finland. A rich country, but education is free. Germany, education is free. France, education is free.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you care about other people, you might try to organize to undermine power and authority. That’s not going to happen if you care only about yourself.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “It’s perfectly obvious that there is some genetic factor that distinguishes humans from other animals and that it is language-specific. The theory of that genetic component, whatever it turns out to be, is what is called universal grammar.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “As a research tool, the internet is invaluable.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The responsibility of the writer as a moral agent is to try to bring the truth about matters of human significance to an audience that can do something about them.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “It makes sense for societies to make education compulsory for children. Children are vulnerable. They can’t make decisions. But the decisions can’t all be left in the hands of the parents. They can be irresponsible too.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Borders are semiporous. Capital flows more freely than people across them. on C Span.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Even Stalin proclaimed his love for democracy. We do not learn about the nature of systems of power by listening to their rhetoric.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you’re in a system where you must make profit in order to survive. You are compelled to ignore negative externalities, effects on others.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “John Lewis Gaddis is not only the favorite historian of the Reagan administration, but he’s regarded as the dean of Cold War scholarship, the leading figure in the American Cold War scholarship, a professor at Yale.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Death and genitals are things that frighten people, and when people are frightened, they develop means of concealment and aggression. It is common sense.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The ‘anti-globalisation movement’ is the most significant proponent of globalisation – but in the interests of people, not concentrations of state-private power.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The racism in Europe takes the form of anti-immigrant extremism – which is bad enough here – I think it’s hard to measure, but my guess is that it’s probably worse there.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The fact that all normal children acquire essentially comparable grammars of great complexity with remarkable rapidity suggests that human beings are somehow specially designed to do this, with data-handling or ‘hypothesis-formulating’ ability of unknown character and complexity.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Public opinion can be influential, the media can be influential.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Some may remember, if you have good memories, that there used to be a concept in Anglo-American law called a presumption of innocence, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Now that’s so deep in history that there’s no point even bringing it up, but it did once exist.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Democratic societies can’t force people. Therefore they have to control what they think.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Willingness to be puzzled is a valuable trait to cultivate, from childhood to advanced inquiry.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The Irish sea is a chasm, and it just depends who’s been holding the whip for 800 years and who’s been under it for 800 years.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “We’re supposed to worship Adam Smith but you’re not supposed to read him. That’s too dangerous.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “As long as nuclear weapons exist, the chances of survival of the human species are quite slight.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Small changes can magnifiy. The possibility of interpersonal communication has increased substantially with contemporary technology. But as compared with the major changes, which were long ago, these are not huge.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “American society is now remarkably atomized. Political organizations have collapsed. In fact, it seems like even bowling leagues are collapsing. The left has a lot to answer for here. There’s been a drift toward very fragmenting tendencies among left groups, toward this sort of identity politics.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you don’t like what someone has to say, argue with them.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century ago. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph was far more radical than that from telephone to email!”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you want to scare people, you talk about evil.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “It is not a war. It is murder.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The money in politics is a cash cow for the media.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “State formation has been a brutal project, with many hideous consequences. But the results exist, and their pernicious aspects should be overcome.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The term ‘globalisation’ is conventionally used to refer to the specific form of investor-rights integration designed by wealth and power, for their own interests.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Cuba has become a symbol of courageous resistance to attack. Since 1959, Cuba has been under attack from the hemispheric superpower.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Right after 9-11, as far as I know, one newspaper in the United States had the integrity to investigate opinion in the Muslim world: the ‘Wall Street Journal.’”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Boards of directors are allowed to work together, so are banks and investors and corporations in alliances with one another and with powerful states. That’s just fine. It’s just the poor who aren’t supposed to cooperate.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “What the public wants is called ‘politically unrealistic.’ Translated into English, that means power and privilege are opposed to it.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “In fact, some leaders come right out and say it. Mario Draghi the president of the European Central Bank had an interview with the Wall St Journal in which he said the social contract’s dead; we finally got rid of it.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you’re working 50 hours a week to try to maintain family income, and your children have the kinds of aspirations that come from being flooded with television from age one, and associations have declined, people end up hopeless, even though they have every option.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “To cite the facts of history is to fall prey to ‘moral equivalence,’ or ‘political correctness,’ or ‘the error of of atheism,’ or one of the other misdeeds concocted to guard against the sins of understanding and insight into the real world.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The criminalization of Black life was something specific to the United States in the post-Reconstruction period and there’s something like it happening today with mass incarceration, directed largely against black males.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The point of advertising is to destroy markets.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “The big change, the really radical change in communication, was in the late 19th century. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph is astronomical. Everything since then has been small increments, including the internet.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Responsibility, I believe, accrues through privilege.”
Noam Chomsky Quote: “Putting it in plain terms, the general public must be reduced to its traditional apathy and obedience, and driven from the arena of political debate and action, if democracy is to survive.”
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