from Noam Chomsky
I particularly like the 1st and 2nd ones and bert's signature
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens,
the more you control all the people.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant
pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to
ratify decisions and to consume.
Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science
is at a loss.
Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination
that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
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.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say
something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop
participating in it.
Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal
I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would
choose the American system.
If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been
If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.
In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just
ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.
Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in
which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the
interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation,
I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to
impose American hegemony.
States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful
The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in History
The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be
ashamed of myself.
The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But
such institutions, at certain stages of History
, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and
even threaten human survival.
The people who were honored in the Bible were the false prophets. It was the ones we call
the prophets who were jailed and driven into the desert.
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.
The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system
of ideological control - "indoctrination," we might say - exercised through the mass media.
To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're
under from the public.
Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining
privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
We can, for example, be fairly confident that either there will be a world without war or
there won't be a world - at least, a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and
beetles, with some scattering of others.
You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.
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