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Before the 1970s, banks were banks. They did what banks were supposed to do in a state capitalist economy: they took unused funds from your bank account, for example, and transferred them to some potentially useful purpose like helping a family buy a home or send a kid to college. -- Noam Chomsky
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A few days after my new state occupied my village, I became a prisoner of war rather than a citizen. -- Noam Chomsky
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A war with Pakistan would be an utter disaster. -- Noam Chomsky
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intellectuals are typically privileged; privilege yields opportunity, and opportunity confers responsibilities. An individual then has choices. -- Noam Chomsky
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We live in this world, not another one that we'd prefer, and sometimes it's necessary to follow painful paths if we hope to provide at least a little help for suffering people. -- Noam Chomsky
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By now, they rank people by income level or wages roughly the same: The bottom seventy per cent or so are virtually disenfranchised; they have almost no influence on policy, and as you move up the scale you get more influence. At the very top, you basically run the show. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the late 1960s, the masses were supposed to be passive, not entering into the public arena and having their voices heard. -- Noam Chomsky
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You ought to teach kids that elections take place but that's not politics. If you want to know how legislation is made it doesn't come from elections. -- Noam Chomsky
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People are dangerous. If they're able to involve themselves in issues that matter, they may change the distribution of power, to the detriment of those who are rich and privileged. -- Noam Chomsky
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Non-violent resistance activities cannot succeed against an enemy that is able freely to use violence. That's pretty obvious. You can't have non-violent resistance against the Nazis in a concentration camp, to take an extreme case ... -- Noam Chomsky
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We're human beings; we're not robots. And face-to-face contact is something totally different than typing a text message and then forgetting about it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Workers and their families may starve to death in the New World Order of economic rationality, but diamond necklaces are cheaper in elegant New York shops, thanks to the miracle of the market. -- Noam Chomsky
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The goal of the working class is liberation from exploitation. This goal is not reached and cannot be reached by a new directing and governing class substituting itself for the bourgeoisie. It is only realized by the workers themselves being master over production. These -- Noam Chomsky
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In the major state capitalists economies, Europe and the US, it's low growth and stagnation and a very sharp income differentiation a shift - a striking shift - from production to financialization. -- Noam Chomsky
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If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion. -- Noam Chomsky
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A language is not just words. It's a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It's all embodied in a language. -- Noam Chomsky
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(I think, legally speaking, there's a very solid case for impeaching every American president since the Second World War. They've all been either outright war criminals or involved in serious war crimes.) The -- Noam Chomsky
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It's very hard to look in the mirror. We all know this. It's much easier to have illusions about yourself. And in particular, when you think, well, I'm going to believe what I like, but I'll say what the powerful want, you do that over time, and you believe what you say. -- Noam Chomsky
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Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush's compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. -- Noam Chomsky
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In Kosovo, the U.S. has chosen a course of action that escalates atrocities and violence. It is also a course of action that strikes a blow against the regime of international order, but which offers the weak at least some protection from predatory states. -- Noam Chomsky
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States are not moral agents. -- Noam Chomsky
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In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress 'suspects.' -- Noam Chomsky
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The Bush Administration do have moral values. Their moral values are very explicit: shine the boots of the rich and the powerful, kick everybody else in the face, and let your grandchildren pay for it. That simple principle predicts almost everything that's happening. -- Noam Chomsky
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There are major efforts being made to dismantle Social Security, the public schools, the post office - anything that benefits the population has to be dismantled. Efforts against the U.S. Postal Service are particularly surreal. -- Noam Chomsky
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A tremendous amount of the entrepreneurial initiative, if you want to call it that, comes from the dynamic state sector on which most of the economy relies to socialize costs and risks and privatize eventual profit. And that's achieved by, if you like, advertising. -- Noam Chomsky
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Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Some of the most moving experiences I've had are just in black churches in the South, during the Civil Rights Movement, where people were getting beaten, killed, really struggling for the most elementary rights. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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We still name our military helicopter gunships after victims of genocide. Nobody bats an eyelash about that: Blackhawk. Apache. And Comanche. If the Luftwaffe named its military helicopters Jew and Gypsy, I suppose people would notice. -- Noam Chomsky
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You can live within the institutions and work hard to change them. -- Noam Chomsky
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Anything that you are achieving that undermines and threatens systems of power will meet with oppression. Systems of power don't say 'thank you.' What's important is not to focus all your efforts on the oppression, but to continue the constructive work. -- Noam Chomsky
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There is no western concern for issues of aggression, atrocities, human rights abuses and so on if there's a profit to be made from them -- Noam Chomsky
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To summarize, draft resistance can make use of the inegalitarian nature of American society as a technique for increasing the cost of American aggression, and it threatens values that are important to those in a decision-making position. -- Noam Chomsky
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The debt is being cynically exploited by the far right, with collusion of the Democrat establishment, to undermine what remains of social programs, public education, unions, and, in general, remaining barriers to corporate tyranny. -- Noam Chomsky
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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. -- Noam Chomsky
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Reagan was extreme. Beginning of his administration, one of the first things was to call in scabs - hadn't been done for a long time, and it's illegal in most countries - in the air controller strike. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you are giving a graduate course you don't try to impress the students with oratory, you try to challenge them, get them to question you. -- Noam Chomsky
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Management," according to the neorealists, means maintaining the conflict as "a low intensity confrontation" - which means the loss of local, human lives, without any damage to the mediating superpower. -- Noam Chomsky
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I was never aware of any other option but to question everything. -- Noam Chomsky
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Women taking care of children ... it makes sense to pay them for that work ... they should be paid for it, but that requires tax payments. And the same is true about protection of the environment. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world. -- Noam Chomsky
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NATO was constructed on the - with the reason, whether one believes it or not, that it was going to defend Western Europe from Russian assault. Once the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union was beginning to collapse, that reason was gone. So, first question: why does NATO exist? -- Noam Chomsky
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The 'peace movement' exists only in the fantasies of the paranoid. -- Noam Chomsky
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I am not too happy with terms like "the left", to be honest. And I don't use it much ... .if by "the left" you mean people who are committed to peace and justice and freedom and so on, there can't be elements of the left opposed to workers' movement, at least under that definition. -- Noam Chomsky
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What happened in the missile crisis in October 1962 has been prettified to make it look as if acts of courage and thoughtfulness abounded. The truth is that the whole episode was almost insane. -- Noam Chomsky
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On the Internet, you think everything is going to be public. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Somehow the fact of enormous privilege and freedom carries with it a sense of impotence, which is a strange, but striking, phenomenon. The fact is, we can do just about anything. There is no difficulty, wherever you are, in finding groups that are working hard on things that concern you. -- Noam Chomsky
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The argument that resistance to the war should remain strictly nonviolent seems to me overwhelming. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is a privilege to join the campaign to support Bradley Manning for his courage and integrity in serving his country by helping make the government accountable to its citizens, and to inform the world of what its people should know. -- Noam Chomsky
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I don't join the New Atheists. So, for example, I wouldn't have the arrogance to lecture some mother who hopes to see her dying child in Heaven - that's none of my business, ultimately. I won't lecture her on the philosophy of science. -- Noam Chomsky
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It hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to begin to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world's largest open-air prison. -- Noam Chomsky
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In many respects, the United States is a great country. Freedom of speech is protected more than in any other country. It is also a very free society. -- Noam Chomsky
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Quite generally, international affairs have more than a slight resemblance to the Mafia. The Godfather does not take it lightly when he is crossed, even by a small storekeeper. -- Noam Chomsky
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Every predecessor has used mercenaries, often drawn from the country that they're attacking, like England ran India with Indian mercenaries. You take them from one place and send them to kill people in the other place. That's the standard way to run imperial wars. -- Noam Chomsky
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Amnesty International, which was opening its yearlong campaign to protect human rights defenders in Colombia in response to the country's horrifying record of attacks against human rights and labor activists and mostly the usual victims of state terror: the poor and defenseless. -- Noam Chomsky
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The role of intellectuals and radical activists, then, must be to assess and evaluate, to attempt to persuade, to organize, but not to seize power and rule -- Noam Chomsky
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A sit-down strike is just one step short of saying, "Look, instead of sitting down, we'll run this place. We don't need owners and managers." That's huge. That could be done in Detroit and in other places that are being closed down. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the early days of the military Arpanet, my daughter was studying in Nicaragua. Because the U.S. was essentially at war with them, contact was difficult. I managed to use MIT's Arpanet connection, and she found one, so we could communicate thanks to the Pentagon! -- Noam Chomsky
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When I arrived in Laos and found young Americans living there, out of free choice, I was surprised. After only a week, I began to have a sense of the appeal of the country and its people - along with despair about its future. -- Noam Chomsky
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The first modern propaganda agency was the British Ministry of Information a century ago, which secretly defined its task as to direct the thought of most of the world - primarily progressive American intellectuals, who had to be mobilized to come to the aid of Britain during World War I. -- Noam Chomsky
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As any good teacher knows, the methods of instruction and the range of material covered are matters of small importance as compared with the success in arousing the natural curiosity of the students and stimulating their interest in exploring on their own. -- Noam Chomsky
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The truth of the matter is that about 99 percent of teaching is making the students feel interestedin the material. Then the other 1 percent has to do with your methods. And that's not just true of languages. It's true of every subject. -- Noam Chomsky
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Under the worst conditions, horrendous conditions, people still, you know, fight for their rights and don't just succumb. -- Noam Chomsky
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Defenseless peasant societies in Laos and Cambodia were savagely bombed in "secret" - the "secrecy" resulting from the refusal of the mass media to make public facts for which they had ample evidence. -- Noam Chomsky
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You are responsible for the predictable consequences of your actions. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Ottoman Empire ... The rulers in Turkey were fortunately so corrupt that they left people alone pretty much - were mostly interested in robbing them - and they left them alone to run their own affairs ... with a lot of local self determination. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the 1960s, there was a point, 1968, '69, when there was a very strong antiwar movement against the war in Vietnam. But it's worth remembering that the war in Vietnam started - an outright war started in 1962. -- Noam Chomsky
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In Latin America, specialists and polling organisations have, for some time, observed that the extension of formal democracy was accompanied by an increasing disillusionment about democracy and a lack of faith in democratic institutions. -- Noam Chomsky
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[ ... ] a time when anarchists were truly fearsome - less because they were willing to put a brick through a Starbucks window than because they had figured out how to organize themselves in a functional, egalitarian, and sufficiently productive society. -- Noam Chomsky
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The time to be political is not when you have parties and carnivals, it's kind of a show, the election. It affects something but not that much. And focusing all the attention on it is I think a mistake. -- Noam Chomsky
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My father was a great sympathizer of Ahad Ha'am. Every Friday night we would read Hebrew together, and often the reading was Ahad Ha'am's essays. -- Noam Chomsky
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(We're in favor of independence as long as it's in other people's empires, not in our own.) -- Noam Chomsky
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A captured pirate was brought before Alexander the Great. "How dare you molest the sea?" asked Alexander. "How dare you molest the whole world?" the pirate replied, and continued: "Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you, doing it with a great navy, are called an emperor. -- Noam Chomsky
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The new crimes that the US and Israel were committing in Gaza as 2009 opened do not fit easily into any standard category - except for the category of familiarity. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Public opinion in Egypt is very antagonistic to the way the dictatorship, Mubarak dictatorship, interpreted relations with Israel. Very antagonistic. -- Noam Chomsky
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The people who were really important are the ones whose names are forgotten. And that's true of every movement that ever existed. -- Noam Chomsky
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It's a near miracle that nuclear war has so far been avoided. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you're in favour of any policy - reform, revolution, stability, regression, whatever - if you're at least minimally moral, it's because you think it's somehow good for people. And good for people means conforming to their fundamental nature. -- Noam Chomsky
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By curious accident of history and geography, the world's major energy resources are located pretty much in Shiite regions. They're a minority in the Middle East, but they happen to be where the oil is, right around the northern part of the Gulf. -- Noam Chomsky
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Jingoism, racism, fear, religious fundamentalism: these are the ways of appealing to people if you're trying to organize a mass base of support for policies that are really intended to crush them. -- Noam Chomsky
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Sports plays a societal role in engendering jingoist and chauvinist attitudes. They're designed to organize a community to be committed to their gladiators. -- Noam Chomsky
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The rest of the population ought to be deprived of any form of organization, because organization just causes trouble. People have to be atomized and segregated and alone. They're not supposed to organize, because then they might be something beyond spectators of action. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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The health care system in the United States, I'm sure you know, is a total international scandal. It's twice the per capita cost of comparable countries and one of the worst outcomes, with a huge number of people uninsured altogether. And it's going to get worse. -- Noam Chomsky
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European settlers coming to a foreign land, settling there, and either committing genocide against or expelling the indigenous people. The Zionists have not invented anything new in this respect. -- Noam Chomsky
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There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment. -- Noam Chomsky
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He who controls the media controls the minds of the public. -- Noam Chomsky
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The principle of universality is not a 'theory'. Just moral truism. -- Noam Chomsky
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Unlike Europe, China can't be intimidated. Europe backs down if the United States looks at it the wrong way. But China, they've been there for 3,000 years and are paying no attention to the barbarians and don't see any need to. -- Noam Chomsky
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In 1963, the U.N. Security Council declared a voluntary arms embargo on South Africa. That was extended to a mandatory embargo in 1977. And that was followed by economic sanctions and other measures - sometimes officials, countries, cities, towns - some organized by popular movements. -- Noam Chomsky
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I haven't read Horowitz. I didn't used to read him when he was a Stalinist, and I don't read him today. -- Noam Chomsky
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With regard to freedom of speech there are basically two positions: you defend it vigorously for views you hate, or you reject it and prefer Stalinist/fascist standards. It is unfortunate that it remains necessary to stress these simple truths. -- Noam Chomsky
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With regard to freedom of expression there are basically two positions: you defend it vigorously for views you hate, or you reject it in favor of Stalinist/Fascist standards. -- Noam Chomsky
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People tend to rally around power. -- Noam Chomsky
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One commonly hears that carping critics complain about what is wrong, but do not present solutions. There is an accurate translation for that charge: 'They present solutions, but I don't like them. -- Noam Chomsky
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It's quite standard for those who hold the clubs to say: "Forget about everything that happened and let's just go on from here." In other words, "I've got what I want, and out forget about what your concerns are. I'll just take what I want. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is useful to remember that no matter where we turn, there is rarely any shortage of elevated ideals to accompany the resort to violence. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the West, you don't get in any trouble if you tell the truth, but you still can't do it. Not only can't you tell the truth, you can't think the truth. It's just so deeply embedded, deeply instilled, that without any meaningful coercion it comes out the same way it does in a totalitarian state. -- Noam Chomsky
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In any case, it is better to have some deal than no deal, but it's interesting that Obama picked the day of implementing of Iran deal to impose new sanctions on North Korea. -- Noam Chomsky
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Up until the First World War, when people turned anti-German, Germany had been described by American political scientists as the model of democracy. -- Noam Chomsky
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Barron and Paul ... rely on 'specialists' at the State and Defense Departments ... Elsewhere in the media, similiar figures are bandied about, with equal credibility. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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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
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Pre-emptive war might fall within the framework of international law. -- Noam Chomsky
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Greece has been, in many ways, a partially dysfunctional society. For example, the wealthy barely pay taxes ... to an extent, that's true elsewhere, including the United States, but it's been pretty extreme in Greece. -- Noam Chomsky
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When secular figures are turned into divinities, they way they are in Peian Yang or Stanford University - that I don't like. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you are not offending people who ought to be offended, you're doing something wrong. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is pretty ironic that the so-called 'least advanced' people are the ones taking the lead in trying to protect all of us, while the richest and most powerful among us are the ones who are trying to drive the society to destruction. -- Noam Chomsky
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Israel is a pretty crazy state. -- Noam Chomsky
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From anti-semite to self-hating jew, all in one day -- Noam Chomsky
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The indoctrination is so deep that educated people think they're being objective. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Great Seal was an early proclamation of 'humanitarian intervention,' to use the currently fashionable phrase. -- Noam Chomsky
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It's very common for the victims to understand a system better than the people who are holding the stick. -- Noam Chomsky
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Labor # Unions are the leading force for # democratization and # progress . -- Noam Chomsky
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Technology is usually fairly neutral. It's like a hammer, which can be used to build a house or to destroy someone's home. The hammer doesn't care. It is almost always up to us to determine whether the technology is good or bad. -- Noam Chomsky
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There are plenty of things that are unknown, but are assumed reasonably to exist, even in the most basic sciences. Maybe 90 percent of the mass-energy in the universe is called "dark," because nobody knows what it is. -- Noam Chomsky
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The list of U.S. vetoes at the Security Council to protect Israeli aggression and occupation is huge. -- Noam Chomsky
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Concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. And concentration of political power gives rise to legislation that increases and accelerates the cycle. -- Noam Chomsky
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For many of the world's conflicts, it is difficult even to conjure up a feasible settlement. -- Noam Chomsky
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The public is easily amenable to lies: the more lies there are, the greater the support for war. For instance, when the public was told that Saddam Hussein would attack the U.S., this increased support for the war. -- Noam Chomsky
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If anybody thinks they should listen to me because I'm a professor at MIT, that's nonsense. You should decide whether something makes sense by its content, not by the letters after the name of the person who says it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Every time there has been an effort by the Haitian people to overcome the misery and poverty that comes from 200 years of bitter attacks, really bitter, the U.S. steps in and blocks it. -- Noam Chomsky
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The report defines acts of ethnic cleansing as including the separation of men from women, the detention of men, and the destruction of houses and their repopulation by another ethnic group later on. This was precisely the repertoire of the Jewish soldiers in the 1948 war. -- Noam Chomsky
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If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. -- Noam Chomsky
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My intellectual achievement was retarded when I went to high school. I sort of sank into a black hole because I had to go to the high-achieving, academic public high school. -- Noam Chomsky
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That is what I have always understood to be the essence of anarchism: the conviction that the burden of proof has to be placed on authority, and that it should be dismantled if that burden cannot be met. -- Noam Chomsky
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It's ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They're totalitarian institutions - you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There's about as much freedom as under Stalinism. -- Noam Chomsky
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As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome. -- Noam Chomsky
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The old-fashioned idea is that responsibility falls upon those who borrow and lend. Money was not borrowed by campesinos, assembly plant workers, or slum-dwellers. The mass of the population gained little from borrowing, indeed often suffered grievously from its effects. -- Noam Chomsky
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The number of people killed by the sanctions in Iraq is greater than the total number of people killed by all weapons of mass destruction in all of history. -- Noam Chomsky
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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. -- Noam Chomsky
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The world is a very puzzling place. If you're not willing to be puzzled, you just become a replica of someone else's mind. -- Noam Chomsky
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The UN to some extent diffuses U.S. power. Therefore it's less direct an agency of the United States than the U.S. Army is. But still, it can't escape the distribution of power in the world. -- Noam Chomsky
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We use the official definitions of terrorism. The definitions in the U.S. code, in British law, in U.S. Army manuals and so on. And if you use those definitions it follows instantly that the United States is the leading terrorist state in the world. -- Noam Chomsky
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So, at one extreme you have indigenous, tribal societies trying to stem the race to disaster. At the other extreme, the richest, most powerful societies in world history, like the United States and Canada, are racing full-speed ahead to destroy the environment as quickly as possible. -- Noam Chomsky
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Undoubtedly, the U.S. harbors leading international terrorists, people described by the F.B.I. and the Justice Department as leading terrorists, like Orlando Bosch, now Posada Carriles, not to speak of those who actually implement state terrorism. -- Noam Chomsky
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Israelis would mostly breathe a sigh of relief if Palestinians were to disappear. -- Noam Chomsky
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Even the most cynical can hardly be surprised by the antics of Nixon and his accomplices as they are gradually revealed. It matters little, at this point, where the exact truth lies in the maze of perjury, evasion, and of contempt for the normal - hardly inspiring - standards of political conduct. -- Noam Chomsky
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THERE'S ALWAYS A CLASS WAR GOING ON -- Noam Chomsky
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Somebodys paying the corporations that destroyed Iraq and the corporations that are rebuilding it. Theyre getting paid by the American taxpayer in both cases. So we pay them to destroy the country, and then we pay them to rebuild it. Those are gifts from U.S. taxpayer to U.S. corporations ... -- Noam Chomsky
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The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself. -- Noam Chomsky
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appeal to non-business interests) and let them be effective. Although there is marked and frequently observed dissatisfaction with the Republicans and Democrats, electoral politics is one area where notions of competition and free choice have little meaning. -- Noam Chomsky
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The United States is afraid of China; it is not a military threat to anyone and is the least aggressive of all the major military powers. -- Noam Chomsky
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State formation has been a brutal project, with many hideous consequences. But the results exist, and their pernicious aspects should be overcome. -- Noam Chomsky
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Part of the doctrinal system in the United States is the pretense that we're all a happy family, there are no class divisions, and everybody is working together in harmony. But that's radically false. -- Noam Chomsky
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Anarchism means all sort of things to different people, but the traditional anarchists' movements assumed that there'd be a highly organized society, just one organized from below with direct participation and so on. -- Noam Chomsky
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When I was a college student and I got interested in linguistics the concern among students was, this is a lot of fun, but after we have done a structural analysis of every language in the world what's left? It was assumed there were basically no puzzles. -- Noam Chomsky
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Governments don't control people like they used to. -- Noam Chomsky
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As far as Marx's analysis of capitalism, there's a lot of very useful ideas in it, but he's developing an abstract model of 19th century capitalism. It's abstract and it's changed. -- Noam Chomsky
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The people who live on the land - Israelis and Palestinians - have a right to live in security and peace. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Republican Party has become overwhelmingly so extreme that it's hardly a traditional political party anymore. -- Noam Chomsky
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There's plenty to criticize about the mass media, but they are the source of regular information about a wide range of topics. You can't duplicate that on blogs. -- Noam Chomsky
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Anyone who studies declassified documents soon becomes aware that government secrecy is largely an effort to protect policy makers from scrutiny by citizens, not to protect the country from enemies. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you decide not to make use of the opportunities you have, not to live your life in a way that's constructive and helpful, you end up looking back and asking, 'why did I bother living? -- Noam Chomsky
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The general population doesn't know what's happening, and it doesn't even know that it doesn't know. -- Noam Chomsky
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My proposal happens to be very mainstream. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Morris Halle was already working on a generative phonology of Russian in the 1950s, and we also worked together on the generative phonology of English, at first jointly with Fred Lukoff. -- Noam Chomsky
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States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions. -- Noam Chomsky
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Judge Afiuni has suffered enough. She has been subject to acts of violence and humiliations to undermine her human dignity. I am convinced that she must be set free. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is only in folk tales, children's stories, and the journals of intellectual opinion that power is used wisely and well to destroy evil. The real world teaches very different lessons, and it takes willful and dedicated ignorance to fail to perceive them. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you sell me a car, we have perhaps made a good bargain for ourselves. But there are effects of this transaction on others, which we do not take into account. There is more pollution, the price of gas goes up, there is more congestion. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the late Fifties and early Sixties, opposition to state terror and aggression and torture and so on was zero. That was a horrible time: the massive Kennedy terror operation against Cuba, the first attacks on Vietnam in 1962, the imposition of national security states in South America. -- Noam Chomsky
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Chinese military spending is carefully monitored by the United States. -- Noam Chomsky
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It was during the Reagan years that defiance of international law and the U.N. Charter became entirely open. -- Noam Chomsky
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Fidel Castro, whatever people may think of him, is a hero in Latin America, primarily because he stood up to the United States. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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As Bromberger observed, rules are understood to be elements of the computational systems that determine the sound and meaning of the infinite array of expressions of a language; the information so derived is accessed by other systems in language use. -- Noam Chomsky
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I once did a three-hour interview with Radio Oxford only to be told the microphone hadn't picked me up. -- Noam Chomsky
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There's no more morality in world affairs, fundamentally, than there was at the time of Genghis Khan. -- Noam Chomsky
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I have been - I have spoken in Bir Zeit a number of times. -- Noam Chomsky
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Remember, the U.S. is a powerful state, it's not like Libya. If Libya wants to carry out terrorist acts, they hire Carlos the Jackal or something. The United States hires terrorist states. -- Noam Chomsky
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Under capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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In some respects, South African apartheid was more vicious than Israeli practices, and in some respects the opposite is true. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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State propaganda, when supported by the educated classes and when no deviation is permitted from it, can have a big effect. It was a lesson learned by Hitler and many others, and it has been pursued to this day. -- Noam Chomsky
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Tis to work and have such pay As just keeps life from day to day In your limbs, as in a cell For the tyrants' use to dwell, ... 'Tis to be slave in soul And to hold no strong control Over your own wills, but be All that others make of ye. -- Noam Chomsky
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I remember at the age of five travelling on a trolley car with my mother past a group of women on a picket line at a textile plant, seeing them being viciously beaten by security people. So that kind of thing stayed with me. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Media are corporations so ... It's the concentrations of private power which have an enormous, not total control, but enormous influence over Congress and the White House and that's increasing sharply with sharp concentration of private power and escalating cost of elections and so on. -- Noam Chomsky
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The effort to try to present the Social Security program as if it's a major problem, that's just a hidden way of trying to undermine and destroy it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Chomsky also reveals how neoliberalism is hardly a new thing, but merely the current version of the battle for the wealthy few to circumscribe the political rights and civic powers of the many. Chomsky -- Noam Chomsky
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I like the cold weather. It means you get work done. -- Noam Chomsky
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Real education is about getting people involved in thinking for themselves- and that's a tricky business to know how to do well, but clearly it requires that whatever it is you're looking at has to somehow catch people's interest and make them want to think, and make them want to pursue and explore. -- Noam Chomsky
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Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated - Japan's attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example. -- Noam Chomsky
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The poorest country in South America, Bolivia, had been devastated by neoliberal economic policies. -- Noam Chomsky
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Deficit reduction is the demand of the financial institutions and the superrich, and in a rapidly declining democracy, that's what counts. -- Noam Chomsky
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As international support for Obama's decision to attack Syria has collapsed, along with the credibility of government claims, the administration has fallen back on a standard pretext for war crimes when all else fails: the credibility of the threats of the self-designated policeman of the world. -- Noam Chomsky
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A senior Israeli intelligence officer explained that the IDF attacked "both aspects of Hamas - its resistance or military wing and its dawa, or social wing," the latter a euphemism for the civilian society. -- Noam Chomsky
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Now is not the time to look at the past. Lets look forward to the future.
Diplomats know very well that these are standard slogans for those who are engaged in serious crimes. -- Noam Chomsky
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The murder of Lumumba, in which the U.S. was involved, in the Congo destroyed Africa's major hope for development. Congo is now total horror story, for years. -- Noam Chomsky
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A consistent anarchist must oppose private ownership of the means of production, and the wage-slavery which is a component of this system, as incompatible with the principle that labor must be freely undertaken and under the control of the producer. -- Noam Chomsky
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Evaluating countries is senseless and I would never put things in those terms, but that some of America's advances, particularly in the area of free speech, that have been achieved by centuries of popular struggle, are to be admired. -- Noam Chomsky
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From the late 1940s, into and through the '50s, there developed a complex interaction between federal government, state and local government, real-estate interests, commercial interests and court decisions, which had the effect of undermining the mass transit system across the country. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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...August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but - so the evidence suggests - not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts -- Noam Chomsky
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Democracy is a danger to any powerful group. -- Noam Chomsky
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Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism. -- Noam Chomsky
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The atrocities in Cambodia are a direct and understandable response to the violence of the imperial system. -- Noam Chomsky
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Education is really aimed at helping students
get to the point
where they can learn on their own ... -- Noam Chomsky
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Perhaps the most striking assault on the foundations of traditional liberties is a little-known case brought to the Supreme Court by the Obama administration, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project. -- Noam Chomsky
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For 500 years, since European explorers came, Latin American countries had been separated from one another. They had very limited relations. Integration is a prerequisite for independence. -- Noam Chomsky
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After the ignominious collapse of the Copenhagen global climate change summit in 2009, Bolivia organised a People's Summit with 35,000 participants from 140 countries - not just representatives of governments, but also civil society and activists. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is a virtual reflex for governments to plead security concerns when they undertake any controversial action, often as a pretext for something else. -- Noam Chomsky
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Haitian rice farmers are quite efficient, but they can't compete with U.S. agribusiness that relies on a huge government subsidy, thanks to Ronald Reagan's free market enthusiasms. -- Noam Chomsky
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Roughly speaking, I think it's accurate to say that a corporate elite of managers and owners governs the economy and the political system as well, at least in very large measure. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you could take a subway from the suburbs in Boston, where I live, to downtown in 10 minutes, that improves your life over sitting in a traffic jam. People should see that. -- Noam Chomsky
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Obama has succeeded in descending even below George W. Bush in approval in the Arab world. It's minuscule, few percent. -- Noam Chomsky
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[A]s long as individuals are compelled to rent themselves on the market to those who are willing to hire them, as long as their role in production is simply that of ancillary tools, then there are striking elements of coercion and oppression that make talk of democracy very limited, if meaningful. -- Noam Chomsky
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Britain kept its position as the dominant world power well into the 20th century despite steady decline. By the end of World War II, dominance had shifted decisively into the hands of the upstart across the sea, the United States, by far the most powerful and wealthy society in world history. -- Noam Chomsky
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In Greece, British troops entered after the Nazis had withdrawn. They imposed a corrupt regime that evoked renewed resistance, and Britain, in its postwar decline, was unable to maintain control. In 1947, the United States moved in, supporting a murderous war that resulted in about 160,000 deaths. -- Noam Chomsky
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The powerful are self-immunized from even inquiry, let alone punishment for their crimes. -- Noam Chomsky
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The public must be reduced to passivity in the political realm, but for submissiveness to become a reliable trait, it must be entrenched in the realm of belief as well. -- Noam Chomsky
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Suppose I criticise Iran. What impact does that have? The only impact it has is in fortifying those who want to carry out policies I don't agree with, like bombing. -- Noam Chomsky
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Whoever sets the agenda controls the outcome of the debate -- Noam Chomsky
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At their most eloquent, proponents of neoliberalism sound as if they are doing poor people, the environment, and everybody else a tremendous service as they enact policies on behalf of the wealthy few. The -- Noam Chomsky
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Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without charge, under torture, which is what solitary confinement is. -- Noam Chomsky
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The United States in many ways resembles a Third World country - far more elevated, but it has many of those structural characteristics: the extreme inequality of wealth, the deterioration of infrastructure because it only serves poor people, predatory operations, huge corruption, and so on. -- Noam Chomsky
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My own feeling is that one should refuse to participate in any activity that implements American aggression - thus tax refusal, draft refusal, avoidance of work that can be used by the agencies of militarism and repression, all seem to me essential. -- Noam Chomsky
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There's a War Crimes Act in the United States passed by a Republican Congress in 1996, which says that grave breaches of the Geneva Convention are subject to the death penalty. And that doesn't mean the soldier that committed them - that means the commanders. -- Noam Chomsky
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The rascal multitude are the proper targets of the mass media and a public education system geared to obedience and training in needed skills, including the skill of repeating patriotic slogans on timely occasions. -- Noam Chomsky
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Unfortunately, you can't vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place -- Noam Chomsky
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There clearly is a serious race problem in the country. Just take a look at what's happening to African American communities. For example wealth, wealth in African American communities is almost zero. The history is striking. -- Noam Chomsky
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The U.S. is not constructing a palatial embassy, by far the largest in the world and virtually a separate city within Baghdad, and pouring money into military bases, with the intention of leaving Iraq to Iraqis. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the academic world, most of the work that is done is clerical. A lot of the work done by professors is routine. -- Noam Chomsky
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Dr. Karel Culik is an outstanding applied mathematician, a specialist in algebra, logic, computer sciences and mathematical linguistics. In 1965, he visited the linguistics research program at MIT, and we have worked together on several projects since. -- Noam Chomsky
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The U.S. is off the spectrum in religious commitment. -- Noam Chomsky
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In fact, when drugs are legalized, use sometimes goes down, it's been claimed. Part of the reason is that teenage kids use illicit drugs because they are illicit. They are thumbing their noses at society. If they were legal, they might not. -- Noam Chomsky
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Nothing can justify crimes such as those of September 11, but we can think of the United States as an innocent victim only if we adopt the convenient path of ignoring the record of its actions and those of its allies, which are, after all, hardly a secret. -- Noam Chomsky
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There are practical problems of tomorrow on which people's lives very much depend, and while defending these kinds of programs is by no means the ultimate end we should be pursuing, in my view we still have to face the problems that are right on the horizon, and which seriously affect human lives. -- Noam Chomsky
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Anyone can be a moral individual, concerned with human rights and problems; but only a college professor, a trained expert, can solve technical problems by 'sophisticated' methods. Ergo, it is only problems of the latter sort that are important or real. -- Noam Chomsky
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It's not radical Islam that worries the US
it's independence -- Noam Chomsky
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Governments regard their own citizens as their main enemy, and they have to be - protect themselves. That's why you have state secret laws. Citizens are not supposed to know what their government is doing to them. -- Noam Chomsky
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This Sarah Palin phenomenon is very curious. I think somebody watching us from Mars - they would think the country has gone insane. -- Noam Chomsky
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War is a racket. The few profit, the many pay. -- Noam Chomsky
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Now, the popular perception certainly is that violence is greater today-but that's mostly propaganda: that's just a part of the whole effort to make people frightened, so that they'll abandon their rights. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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The idea that you have to avoid teaching evolution or pretend you're not teaching it is unique in the industrial world. And the statistics are mind-boggling. Roughly half the population think the world was created a couple thousand years ago. -- Noam Chomsky
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The worst drug of all by far is tobacco; the death toll from tobacco is just overwhelming. -- Noam Chomsky
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An individual's refusal to carry out the criminal acts of his government sets the stage, in the most effective way possible, for the attempt to demonstrate the criminal nature of these acts. -- Noam Chomsky
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The basic idea which runs right through modern history and modern liberalism is that the public has got to be marginalized. The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsiders, a bewildered herd. -- Noam Chomsky
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Popular struggles to bring about a freer and more just society have been resisted by violence and repression, and massive efforts to control opinion and attitudes. Over time, however, they have met with considerable success, even though there is a long way to go, and there is often regression. -- Noam Chomsky
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Peace is preferable to war. But it's not an absolute value, and so we always ask, What kind of peace? -- Noam Chomsky
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September 11 shocked many Americans into an awareness that they had better pay much closer attention to what the U.S. government does in the world and how it is perceived. Many issues have been opened for discussion that were not on the agenda before. That's all to the good. -- Noam Chomsky
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The only way we can put a permanent end to terrorism is to stop participating in it. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Why not stakeholder action? There's no economic principal that says that management should be responsive to shareholders, in fact you can read in texts of business economics that they could just as well have a system in which the management is responsible to stakeholders. -- Noam Chomsky
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The doctrine that everything is fine as long as the population is quiet, that applies in the Middle East, applies in Central America, it applies in the United States. -- Noam Chomsky
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These are fashionable people who call themselves philosophers. -- Noam Chomsky
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Amusing and perfectly self-conscious charlatans. -- Noam Chomsky
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One should attend carefully to the fear and desperation of the powerful. They understand very well the potential reach of the "ultimate weapon," and only hope that those who seek a more free and just world will not gain the same understanding and put it effectively to use. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Meteorologists are pretty faces reading scripts telling you whether it's going to rain tomorrow. -- Noam Chomsky
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When General Allenby conquered Jerusalem during World War I, he was hailed in the American press as Richard the Lion-Hearted, who had at last won the Crusades and driven the pagans out of the Holy Land. -- Noam Chomsky
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There's a good reason why nobody studies history, it just teaches you too much. -- Noam Chomsky
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Descriptive grammar is an attempt to give an account of what the current system is for either a society or an individual, whatever you happen to be studying. -- Noam Chomsky
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Everyone knows that when you look at a television ad, you do not expect to get information. You expect to see delusion and imagery. -- Noam Chomsky
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On October 15, 1965, an estimated 70,000 people took part in large-scale anti-war demonstrations. -- Noam Chomsky
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Some international law specialists compare the invasion of Iraq to the 'crimes against the peace' for which Nazi leaders were indicted at Nuremberg. -- Noam Chomsky
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The truth is, I have absolutely no professional credentials - literally, which is why I'm teaching at MIT. -- Noam Chomsky
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At Harvard they teach people how to rule the world and at MIT they teach them how to make the world work. This is for the elite schools. For the rest, turn them into servants. -- Noam Chomsky
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It's designed to carry forward the neoliberal project to maximize profit and domination, and to set the working people in the world in competition with one another so as to lower wages to increase insecurity -- Noam Chomsky
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The very design of neoliberal principles is a direct attack on democracy. -- Noam Chomsky
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Worker ownership within a state capitalist, semi-market system is better than private ownership but it has inherent problems. Markets have well-known inherent inefficiencies. They're very destructive. -- Noam Chomsky
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It's a shameful moment for U.S. media when it insists on being subservient to the grotesque propaganda agencies of a violent, aggressive state. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Nationalism has a way of oppressing others. -- Noam Chomsky
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Amnesia constrains ambition and inoculates against patience. Still, -- Noam Chomsky
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To say that the United States has pursued diplomacy with North Korea is a little bit misleading. It did under the Clinton administration, though neither side completely lived up to their obligations. Clinton didn't do what was promised, nor did North Korea, but they were making progress. -- Noam Chomsky
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Romania, which had the worst dictator in Eastern Europe, Ceausescu, he was a darling of the West. The United States and Britain loved him. He was supported until the last minute. -- Noam Chomsky
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The rise of capitalist practice and morality brought with it a radical revision of how the commons are treated, and also of how they are conceived. -- Noam Chomsky
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Thanh Hoa itself is a rich agricultural province. Rice fields, a pattern of many shades of green, stretch far into the distance along the road, which also winds through foothills and the fringes of heavy jungle where tigers are said to roam. The vegetation, wild or cultivated, is lush. -- Noam Chomsky
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The goal is to keep the bewildered herd bewildered. It's unnecessary for them to trouble themselves with what's happening in the world. In fact, it's undesirable - if they see too much of reality they may set themselves to change it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Democracy is always harmful to elite interests. Almost by definition. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you're independent-minded in school, you're probably going to get in trouble very early on. That's not the trait that's being preferred or cultivated. -- Noam Chomsky
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The European reaction to Obama is a European delusion. -- Noam Chomsky
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In fact, it's doing it all over the world. Obama, first of all, is running the biggest terrorist operation that exists, maybe in history. The drone assassination campaigns, which are just part of it. All of these operations, they are terror operations. -- Noam Chomsky
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See, people with power understand exactly one thing: violence. -- Noam Chomsky
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A fundamental element of human nature is the need for creative work, for creative inquiry, for free creation without the arbitrary limiting effects of coercive institutions. A decent society should maximize the possibilities for this fundamental human characteristic to be realized. -- Noam Chomsky
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The whole infrastructure of air travel was, and is, part of government policy. It is not a natural development of a free economic system - at least not in the way that is claimed. The same is true of the roads, of course. -- Noam Chomsky
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When you look at a corporation, just like when you look at a slave owner, you want to distinguish between the institution and the individual. So slavery, for example, or other forms of tyranny, are inherently monstrous. The individuals participating in them may be the nicest guys you can imagine. -- Noam Chomsky
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The crisis of democracy as when normally passive and apathetic populations become organized and seek to enter the political arena to pursue their interests and demands, threatening stability and order. -- Noam Chomsky
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To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public. -- Noam Chomsky
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I mean, it's nice to have the laws, but it's nice partly because it makes it easier to struggle for your rights-it's not that the laws give you the rights. Laws can be on the books and mean absolutely nothing -- Noam Chomsky
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If the principle is, "Let's not get lethal substances out to the public", the first one you'd go after is tobacco. The next one you'd go after is alcohol. Way down the list you'd get to cocaine, and sort of invisibly low you'd get to marijuana. -- Noam Chomsky
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The syntactic component of a grammar must specify, for each sentence, a deep structure that determines its semantic interpretationand a surface structure that determines its phonetic interpretation. -- Noam Chomsky
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Naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk ... It's as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes 'Jew' and 'Gypsy.' -- Noam Chomsky
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Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists. -- Noam Chomsky
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The civilization and justice of bourgeois order comes out in its lurid light whenever the slaves and drudges of that order rise against their masters. -- Noam Chomsky
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There is every likelihood that the Jihadi movement, much of it highly critical of bin Laden, could have been split and undermined after 9/11. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you're teaching, say, physics, there's no point in persuading a student that you're right. You want to encourage them to find out what the truth is, which is probably that you're wrong. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Democrats have pretty much given up on the white working class. That would require a commitment to economic issues, and that's not their concern. -- Noam Chomsky
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Reagan sent money to the Contras to spend as they wish. National media remained unperturbed in accordance to the doctrine that the United States stands above any law of international agreement. -- Noam Chomsky
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The most interesting - in fact, inspiring - people I met there [Porto Alegre] are those who remain nameless: representatives of the international campesino movement, the East Timorese delegation, ... - the usual heroes, who disappear, unknown, apart from the consequences of their work. -- Noam Chomsky
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The corporations plainly want academic scholarship to create a web of mystification that will avoid any public awareness of the way in which power actually functions in the society, and the faculty has caught the message and they do it magnificently. -- Noam Chomsky
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'Reform' is a word you always aughta' watch out for. 'Reform' is a change that you're supposed to like. And watch it - As soon as you hear the word 'Reform', you should reach for your wallet and see who's lifting it. -- Noam Chomsky
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In November 2008, the day of the presidential election, Israeli military forces invaded Gaza and killed half a dozen Hamas militants. Well, that was followed by a missile exchange for a couple of weeks in both directions. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you abandon the political arena, somebody is going to be there. Corporations aren't going to go home and join the PTA. They are going to run things. -- Noam Chomsky
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Modern China; one also finds many things that are really quite admirable. -- Noam Chomsky
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There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you have to control people, you have to have an administrative force that does it. So in U.S. industry, even more than elsewhere, there's layer after layer of management - a kind of economic waste, but useful for control and domination. And the same is true in universities. -- Noam Chomsky
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From now on I will consider a language to be a set (finite or infinite) of sentences, each finite in length and constructed out ofa finite set of elements. All natural languages in their spoken or written form are languages in this sense. -- Noam Chomsky
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U.S. analysts estimate that Russian military expenditures have tripled during the Bush-Putin years, in large measure a predicted reaction to the Bush administration's militancy and aggressiveness. -- Noam Chomsky
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The American escalation of the war in Laos provoked a response by the Communist forces, which now control more of Laos than ever before. -- Noam Chomsky
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The intellectual world is deeply conformist ... We talk a lot about the crimes of others. When it comes to our own crimes, we are nationalists in the Orwellian sense. -- Noam Chomsky
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The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don't know how to be submissive, and so on
because they're dysfunctional to the institutions. -- Noam Chomsky
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Half the population hold that the government is run by a few big interests looking out for themselves, as polls regularly show. -- Noam Chomsky
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Growth is a funny sort of concept. For example, our GNP increases every time we build a prison. Well, okay, it's growth in a sense ... -- Noam Chomsky
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Should a community ... be free to enact legislation to say they don't want blacks? Now that's illegal. Fifty years ago it was legal. Is that progress or is that regress? -- Noam Chomsky
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No honest journalist should be willing to describe himself or herseif as 'embedded.' To say, 'I'm an embedded journalist' is to say, 'I'm a government Propagandist. -- Noam Chomsky
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Congressional Republicans are dismantling the limited environmental protections initiated by Richard Nixon, who would be something of a dangerous radical in today's political scene. -- Noam Chomsky
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Latin America has much richer resources. You'd expect it to be far more advanced than East Asia, but it had the disadvantage of being under imperialist wings. -- Noam Chomsky
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So we march on, following our leaders, toward an Armageddon of our own making. -- Noam Chomsky
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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. -- Noam Chomsky
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There is a social responsibility to take care of vulnerable people. It seems that a sensible social responsibility is obligatory education, but also decent education, and that is not happening. -- Noam Chomsky
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Cuba has become a symbol of courageous resistance to attack. Since 1959, Cuba has been under attack from the hemispheric superpower. -- Noam Chomsky
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The U.S. has the most dysfunctional healthcare system in the industrial world, has about twice the per capita costs, and some of the worst outcomes. It's also the only privatized system. -- Noam Chomsky
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The polls show that concern over inequality among the general public rose pretty sharply after the Occupy movement started, very probably as a consequence. And there are other policy issues that came to the fore, which are significant. -- Noam Chomsky
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American decline is real, though the apocalyptic vision reflects the familiar ruling class perception that anything short of total control amounts to total disaster. -- Noam Chomsky
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driving the parties into the pockets of concentrated capital, increasingly financial: the Republicans reflexively, the Democrats - by now what used to be moderate Republicans - not far behind. -- Noam Chomsky
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As a tactic, violence is absurd. No one can compete with the Government in violence, and the resort to violence, which will surely fail, will simply frighten and alienate some who can be reached, and will further encourage the ideologists and administrators of forceful repression. -- Noam Chomsky
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The pattern of praise and punishment is a familiar one throughout history: those who line up in the service of the state are typically praised by the general intellectual community, and those who refuse to line up in service of the state are punished. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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If a concept or principle finds its place in an explanatory theory, it cannot be excluded on methodological grounds. -- Noam Chomsky
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We live in a society where the "nothing" (shopping, watching TV) has become a "something" and the "something" (relaxing, meditating, sharing) has become a void in need of being filled. -- Noam Chomsky
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International relations bears more than a slight resemblance to the mafia. -- Noam Chomsky
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It cannot be too often stressed that Israel had no credible pretext for its 2008-9 attack on Gaza, with full U.S. support and illegally using U.S. weapons. -- Noam Chomsky
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The many questions about the bombing of Yugoslavia by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - meaning primarily the United States - come down to two fundamental issues: 'What are the accepted and applicable 'rules of world order,' and how do these apply in the case of Kosovo?' -- Noam Chomsky
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Today, we have private airline companies, but if you take a look at a Boeing plane next time you travel, you'll see that you are basically taking a ride on a modified bomber. -- Noam Chomsky
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Latin America wants to decriminalize at least marijuana (maybe more or course;) the US wants to maintain it. An interesting story. There seems to me no easy way out of this. -- Noam Chomsky
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Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny have created an important political radio show that balances humor and unreported news. At a time when media conglomerates dominate the airwaves, independent media like Citizen Radio is vital to national discourse. -- Noam Chomsky
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Social action must be animated by a vision of a future society, and by explicit judgments of value concerning the character of this future society. -- Noam Chomsky
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In a situation of occupation or domination, the occupier, the dominant power, has to justify what it's doing. There is only one way to do it - become a racist. You have to blame the victim. Once you become a raving racist in self-defense, you've lost your capacity to understand what's happening. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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In September 1993, President Clinton presided over a handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn - the climax of a 'day of awe,' as the press described it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Anywhere in Latin America there is a potential threat of the pathology of caudillismo and it has to be guarded against. -- Noam Chomsky
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When Britain and the U.S. invaded Iraq, it was with the reasonable expectation that it was going to increase the threat of terror, as it has. -- Noam Chomsky
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It's easy to think of things that need to be done, but they all have a prerequisite, namely, a mass popular base that is committed to implementing it. -- Noam Chomsky
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There is no demonstration against Zionism, because even the European Parliament regards such a demonstration as anti-Semitic. -- Noam Chomsky
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Obama's primary constituency was financial institutions. They were the core of the funding for his campaign. They expect to be paid back. And they were. They were paid back by coming out richer and more powerful than they were before the crisis that they created. -- Noam Chomsky
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Governments are supposed to lie to their citizens. -- Noam Chomsky
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Radical Islamist extremists surely hope that an attack on Iraq will kill many people and destroy much of the country, providing recruits for terrorist actions. -- Noam Chomsky
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Alleged commitment to democracy and human rights is mere rhetoric, directly contrary to actual policy. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Power that isn't really justified by the will of the governed should be dismantled. -- Noam Chomsky
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United States has comparative advantage in military force. It tends to react to anything at first with military force, that's what it's good at. And I think they overdid it. There was more military force than was necessary. -- Noam Chomsky
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In February 2004, the two traditional torturers of Haiti - France and the United States - combined to back a military coup and send President Aristide off to Africa. The U.S. denies him permission to return to the entire region. -- Noam Chomsky
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The United States is a violent military state. It's been involved in military action all over the place. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Clinton, Kennedy, they all carried out mass murder, but they didn't think that that was what they were doing - nor does Bush. You know, they were defending justice and democracy from greater evils. -- Noam Chomsky
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A very large majority of the U.S. population is in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and has been for a long time with some fluctuations. And even part of the business world is in favor of it, too. But the government won't allow it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Israel is following policies which maximise its security threats ... policies which choose expansion over security ... policies which lead to their moral degradation, their isolation, their delegitimation, as they call it now, and very likely ultimate destruction. That's not impossible. -- Noam Chomsky
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By 1960, the South Africans knew that they were becoming a pariah state. -- Noam Chomsky
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The invasion of Iraq was simply a war crime. Straight-out war crime. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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There's never been anything like the so-called Vietnam Syndrome: it's mostly a fabrication. -- Noam Chomsky
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The public is strongly in favor of the Kyoto Protocols, so strongly in favor that a majority of Bush voters thought that he was in favor of it. They are simply unaware. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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As Chomsky says, if you act like there is no possibility of change for the better, you guarantee that there will be no change for the better. The choice is ours, the choice is yours. Robert -- Noam Chomsky
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If workers are more insecure, that's very 'healthy' for the society, because if workers are insecure, they won't ask for wages, they won't go on strike, they won't call for benefits; they'll serve the masters gladly and passively. And that's optimal for corporations' economic health. -- Noam Chomsky
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In fact, the capitalist class in the '50s was sort of part of a social contract. It was part of the tenor of the times. -- Noam Chomsky
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I hope that a move toward clemency with Judge Afiuni would be a step towards the importance of maintaining a properly functioning justice system. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you don't like what someone has to say, argue with them. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Washington leadership has put aside non-proliferation programmes and devoted its energies and resources to driving the country to war by extraordinary deceit, then trying to manage the catastrophe it created in Iraq. -- Noam Chomsky
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Obama himself has been highly supportive of Mubarak. -- Noam Chomsky
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The threat and use of violence is stimulating nuclear proliferation along with jihadi terrorism. -- Noam Chomsky
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The U.S. has strategic and economic interests in Southeast Asia that must be secured. Holding Indochina is essential to securing these interests. Therefore, we must hold Indochina. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Language etches the grooves through which your thoughts must flow. -- Noam Chomsky
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There is either a crisis or a return to the norm of stagnation. One view is the norm is stagnation and occasionally you get out of it. The other is that the norm is growth and occasionally you can get into stagnation. You can debate that but it's a period of close to global stagnation. -- Noam Chomsky
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Tough love is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else. -- Noam Chomsky
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I would appear on Fox News more easily than I would NPR. -- Noam Chomsky
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For the totalitarian mind, adherence to state propaganda does not suffice: one must display proper enthusiasm while marching in the parade. -- Noam Chomsky
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During the 1960s, large groups of people who are normally passive and apathetic began to try to enter the political arena to press their demands.? The naive might call that democracy, but that's because they don't understand. The sophisticated understand that that's the crisis of democracy. -- Noam Chomsky
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Far from creating independent thinkers, schools have always, throughout history, played an institutional role in a system of control and coercion. And once you are well educated you have already been socialized in ways that support the power structure, which, in turn, rewards you immensely. -- Noam Chomsky
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The U.N. charter bars the threat of force. -- Noam Chomsky
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Latin America, for the first time in 500 years, is moving towards a degree of independence. -- Noam Chomsky
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The social system is taking on a form in which finding out what you want to do is less and less of an option because your life is too structured, organised, controlled and disciplined. -- Noam Chomsky
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In accord with the reigning single standard, the major terrorist atrocities - or worse, aggression - are excluded from the canon of international terrorism. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Bible is probably the most genocidal book in the literary canon. -- Noam Chomsky
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I don't think a Jewish or Christian or Islamic state is a proper concept. I would object to the United States as a Christian state. -- Noam Chomsky
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I am opposed to the accumulation of executive power anywhere. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you want to achieve something, you build the basis for it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Because you cannot study the acquisition or use of language in an intelligent manner without having some idea about this language which is acquired or utilized. -- Noam Chomsky
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Debt is a social and ideological construct, not a simple economic fact. -- Noam Chomsky
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The evangelicals ... If all they want is gold Cadillacs and sex and so on, no big problem. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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The United States has done some very good things in the world, and that does not change the fact that the World Court was quite correct in condemning the United States as an international terrorist state. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss. -- Noam Chomsky
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Independence of mind, enthusiasm, dedication to the field, and willingness to challenge and question and to explore new direction. There are plenty of people like that, but schools tend to discourage those characteristics. -- Noam Chomsky
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Anarchists try to identify power structures. They urge those exercising power to justify themselves. This justification does not succeed most of the time. -- Noam Chomsky
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The beauty of the system, however, is that such dissent and inconvenient information are kept within bounds and at the margins, so that while their presence shows that the system is not monolithic, they are not large enough to interfere unduly with the domination of the official agenda. -- Noam Chomsky
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So I think it's completely realistic and rational to work within structures to which you are opposed, because by doing so you can help to move to a situation where then you can challenge those structures. -- Noam Chomsky
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People don't talk to each other. You're alone with your television set or internet. But you can't have a functioning democracy without what sociologists call "secondary organizations," places where people can get together, plan, talk and develop ideas. You don't do it alone. -- Noam Chomsky
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The U.S. is just in a class by itself in military expenses. It basically matches the rest of the world, and it's far more advanced. -- Noam Chomsky
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In America, the professor talks to the mechanic. They are in the same category. -- Noam Chomsky
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We are hurtling towards self-destruction at an alarming rate thanks chiefly to an advertising and propaganda system that goads people from infancy towards apathy, isolation, passivity, helplessness and separation. -- Noam Chomsky
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There are massive efforts on the part of the internet's corporate owners to try to direct it to become a technique of marginalisation and control. -- Noam Chomsky
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I like Gramsci. He's an important person. -- Noam Chomsky
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As for my own views, they've of course evolved over the years. This conception of 'renouncing beliefs' is very odd, as if we're in some kind of religious cult. I 'renounce beliefs' practically every time I think about the topics or find out what someone else is thinking. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is quite possible
overwhelmingly probable, one might guess
that we will always learn more about human life and personality from novels than from scientific psychology -- Noam Chomsky
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The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organisation and participation in a meaningful society. -- Noam Chomsky
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You also have to get beyond that to dismantle the system of production for profit rather than production for use. That means dismantling at least large parts of market systems. -- Noam Chomsky
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I have never really thought that the Left was much in 'array' as far as political purposes were concerned. -- Noam Chomsky
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The public is not to see where power lies, how it shapes policy, and for what ends. Rather, people are to hate and fear one another. -- Noam Chomsky
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With government deregulation and the triumph of financial liberalization, the dangers of systemic risks, the possibility of a financial tsunami, sharply increased. -- Noam Chomsky
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There were plenty of other hominids, but they disappeared, probably because humans exterminated them, but nobody knows for sure. -- Noam Chomsky
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Now financial liberalization is just a catastrophe waiting to happen, and there are very well understood reasons for that. -- Noam Chomsky
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I don't want followers. -- Noam Chomsky
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It was declared by Congress that marijuana makes people insane. But ... lawyers, defense lawyers, got the idea, OK, I can use this for an insanity defense. -- Noam Chomsky
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The events of October 1962 are widely hailed as Kennedy's finest hour. -- Noam Chomsky
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I don't know if I officially proofread my father's book, but I read it. I did get some conception of grammar in general from that. -- Noam Chomsky
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The masters represent "the national interest," like those who applauded themselves for leading the country to war "after the utmost deliberation by the more thoughtful members of the community" had reached its "moral verdict. -- Noam Chomsky
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Well, they really didn't have to worry, because the way power politics works, the World Court can't do anything. Look, there's one country in the world at the moment which has refused to accept World Court decision-that's the United States. Is anybody going to do anything about it? -- Noam Chomsky
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After my first year of college, each course I took in every field was so boring that I didn't even go to the classes. -- Noam Chomsky
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Karl Marx was in favor of socialist and communist-socialist revolutions, but he had a pretty nuanced view about it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Rendition is just sending people abroad to be tortured. -- Noam Chomsky
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The times are too difficult and the crisis too severe to indulge in schadenfreude. Looking at it in perspective, the fact that there would be a financial crisis was perfectly predictable: its general nature, if not its magnitude. Markets are always inefficient. -- Noam Chomsky
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The point of advertising is to destroy markets. -- Noam Chomsky
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WikiLeaks is a service to the population. Assange should get an award for - presidential medal of honor. -- Noam Chomsky
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I don't see anything that's come out on WikiLeaks that was a legitimate secret. -- Noam Chomsky
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Rashid was crushed in his wheelchair when one of Israel's huge US-supplied bulldozers demolished his home with the family inside. Thanks to prevailing moral standards, such acts are also excluded from the canon of terrorism (or worse, war crimes), by virtue of wrong agency.3 -- Noam Chomsky
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Legalizing marijuana would make a lot of sense, I don't think there's a single case of marijuana overdose on record and tens of millions of users. It's much less dangerous than alcohol, for example. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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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
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Freedom without opportunity is a devil's gift, and the refusal to provide such opportunities is criminal -- Noam Chomsky
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The IMF economists were doubtless shaken by the extreme failures of their prescriptions over many years, and by the collapse of the intellectual edifice of economic theory on which they were relying. -- Noam Chomsky
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In Egypt, on the eve of Tahrir Square, there was a major poll which found that overwhelmingly - 80-90%, numbers like that - Egyptians regarded the main threats they face as the U.S. and Israel. They don't like Iran - Arabs generally don't like Iran - but they didn't consider it a threat. -- Noam Chomsky
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Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry? -- Noam Chomsky
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Regulate the banks, get money out of elections; raise the minimum wage, environmental issues. They're all very important and the Occupy movement made a difference. It shifted not only the discourse but to some extent, action on these issues. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is true that classical libertarian thought is opposed to state intervention in social life, as a consequence of deeper assumptions about the human need for liberty, diversity, and free association. -- Noam Chomsky
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After the first International Days of Protest in October, 1965, Senator Mansfield criticized the 'sense of utter irresponsibility' shown by the demonstrators. -- Noam Chomsky
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In much of the world, there is a sense of an ultra-powerful CIA manipulating everything that happens, such as running the Arab Spring, running the Pakistani Taliban, etc. That is just nonsense. -- Noam Chomsky
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Ontological questions are generally beside the point, hardly more than a form of harassment. -- Noam Chomsky
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You could imagine a language exactly like English except it doesn't have connectives like 'and' that allow you to make longer expressions. An infant learning truncated English would have no idea about this: They would just pick it up as they would standard English. -- Noam Chomsky
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Presented with the claims of nineteenth-century racist anthropology, a rational person will ask two sorts of questions: 'What is the scientific status of the claims?' 'What social or ideological needs do they serve?' -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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The term physical is just kinda like an honorific word, kinda like the word 'real' when we say 'the real truth'. It doesn't add anything, it just says 'this is serious truth'. So to say that something is 'physical' today just means 'you gotta take this seriously'. -- Noam Chomsky
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Language is one component of the human cognitive capacity which happens to be fairly amenable to enquiry. So we know a good deal about that. -- Noam Chomsky
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Egypt is the second-largest recipient over a long period of U.S. military and economic aid. Israel is first. -- Noam Chomsky
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I think we can be reasonably confident that if the American population had the slightest idea of what is being done in their name, they would be utterly appalled. -- Noam Chomsky
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The neo-cons constitute a radical reactionary fringe of the planning spectrum, but the spectrum is narrow. -- Noam Chomsky
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Resource extraction impacts a global environment that is increasingly at severe risk. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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There's a tremendous gap between public opinion and public policy. -- Noam Chomsky
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The intelligent minority are a "specialized class" who are responsible for setting policy and for "the formation of a sound public opinion, -- Noam Chomsky
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Conformist intellectuals, the ones who support official aims and ignore or rationalize official crimes, are honored and privileged in their own societies, while the value-oriented are punished in one way or another. The -- Noam Chomsky
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The respected intellectuals are those who conform and serve power interests. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the case of Israel-Palestine, a one-state solution will arise only on the U.S. model: with extermination or expulsion of the indigenous population. -- Noam Chomsky
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As a Zionist youth leader in the 1940s, I was among those who called for a binational state in Mandatory Palestine. When a Jewish state was declared, I felt that it should have the rights of other states - no more, no less. -- Noam Chomsky
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The crimes against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and elsewhere, particularly Lebanon, are so shocking that the only emotionally valid reaction is rage and a call for extreme actions. But that does not help the victims. And, in fact, it's likely to harm them. -- Noam Chomsky
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The 'free-floating intellectual' may occupy himself with problems because of their inherent interest and importance, perhaps to little effect. -- Noam Chomsky
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Passivity may be the easy course, but it is hardly the honorable one. -- Noam Chomsky
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Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions. -- Noam Chomsky
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From the 1970s, there has been a significant change in the U.S. economy, as planners, private and state, shifted it toward financialization and the offshoring of production, driven in part by the declining rate of profit in domestic manufacturing. -- Noam Chomsky
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The escalation to attack undefended civilian targets is just a classic illustration of terrorism. -- Noam Chomsky
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You keep plugging away
that's the way social change takes place. That's the way every social change in history has taken place: by a lot of people, who nobody ever heard of, doing work. -- Noam Chomsky
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One might ask why tobacco is legal and marijuana not. A possible answer is suggested by the nature of the crop. Marijuana can be grown almost anywhere, with little difficulty. It might not be easily marketable by major corporations. Tobacco is quite another story. -- Noam Chomsky
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Language is a weapon of politicians, but language is a weapon in much of human affairs. -- Noam Chomsky
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The press is owned by wealthy men who only want certain things to reach the public. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. -- Noam Chomsky
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There are two problems for our species' survival - nuclear war and environmental catastrophe - and we're hurtling towards them. Knowingly. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is not a war. It is murder. -- Noam Chomsky
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One of the functions that things like professional sports play, in our society and others, is to offer an area to deflect people's attention from things that matter, so that the people in power can do what matters without public interference. -- Noam Chomsky
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We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky
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The good news from the U.S. military survey of focus groups is that Iraqis do accept the Nuremberg principles. They understand that sectarian violence and the other postwar horrors are contained within the supreme international crime committed by the invaders. -- Noam Chomsky
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The childcare tax credit makes some sense. -- Noam Chomsky
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Within the reigning social order, the general public must remain an object of manipulation, not a participant in thought, debate, and decision. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you're worried about the deficit, pay attention to the fact that it's almost all attributable to military spending and the totally dysfunctional health program. -- Noam Chomsky
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Stakeholders - meaning workers and community - the CEO could just as well be responsible to them. This presupposes there ought to be management but why does there have to be management? Why not have the stakeholders run the industry? -- Noam Chomsky
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The 1950s and 1960s had been a period of enormous growth, the highest in American history, maybe in economic history. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you destroyed half the pharmaceutical production in the United States, we'd think it's a pretty serious problem. In fact, we'd probably go to war. -- Noam Chomsky
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Obama did organize a great large number of people and many enthusiastic people, what's called in the press 'Obama's Army.' But the army is supposed to take instructions, not to implement, to introduce, develop programs and call on its own candidate to implement them. That's critical. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Iranian government is undoubtedly a severe danger to its own population, but not beyond that. -- Noam Chomsky
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Neoliberalism works best when there is formal electoral democracy, but when the population is diverted from the information, access, and public forums necessary for meaningful participation in decision making. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you ask me whether or not I'm an atheist, I wouldn't even answer. I would first want an explanation of what it is that I'm supposed not to believe in, and I've never seen an explanation. -- Noam Chomsky
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On almost all issues, citizens could not identify the stands of the candidates
as intended. -- Noam Chomsky
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however, is that there is no alternative. Communist societies, social democracies, and even modest social welfare states like the United States have all failed, the neoliberals proclaim, and their citizens have accepted neoliberalism as the only feasible course. -- Noam Chomsky
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It makes sense to work towards a better world, but it doesn't make any sense to have illusions about what the real world is. -- Noam Chomsky
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We should not forget Adam Smith's perspicuous observation that the "masters of mankind" - in his day, the merchants and manufacturers of England - never cease to pursue their "vile maxim": "All for ourselves, and nothing for other people. -- Noam Chomsky
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American imperialism is often traced to the takeover of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii in 1898. -- Noam Chomsky
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NATO's essentially run by the United States. -- Noam Chomsky
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We can imagine a society in which no one could survive as a social being because it does not correspond to biologically determined perceptions and human social needs. For historical reasons, existing societies might have such properties, leading to various forms of pathology. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the literal sense, there has been no relevant evolution since the trek from Africa. But there has been substantial progress towards higher standards of rights, justice and freedom - along with all too many illustrations of how remote is the goal of a decent society. -- Noam Chomsky
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We're supposed to believe that the press is liberal, dangerous, adversarial, out-of-control. That itself is an extremely good example of corporate propaganda. -- Noam Chomsky
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How do I define God? I don't ... People who find such conceptions important for themselves have every right to frame them as they like. Personally, I don't. -- Noam Chomsky
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Terrorists regard themselves as a vanguard. They're trying to mobilize others to their cause. I mean, every specialist on terrorism knows that. -- Noam Chomsky
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In 1961, the United States began chemical warfare in Vietnam, South Vietnam, chemical warfare to destroy crops and livestock. That went on for seven years. The level of poison - they used the most extreme carcinogen known: dioxin. And this went on for years. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Oslo Accords in 1993 determined that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank are a single territorial entity which cannot be divided. Immediately, the United States and Israel set about separating the two and making sure that they would not be united. -- Noam Chomsky
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If we do not believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we do not believe in it at all. -- Noam Chomsky
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It is probable that the
most inhuman monsters, even the Himmlers and the Mengeles, convince themselves that they are
engaged in noble and courageous acts. -- Noam Chomsky
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Of course all such conclusions about appropriate actions against the rich and powerful are based on a fundamental flaw: This is us, and that is them. This crucial principle, deeply embedded in Western culture, suffices to undermine even the most precise analogy and the most impeccable reasoning. -- Noam Chomsky
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Suppose that we believe what we are taught ... destroying the environment and militarizing outer space are rational policies ... of institutional lunacy. -- Noam Chomsky
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I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system. -- Noam Chomsky
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It's not a free trade agreement. It has virtually nothing to do with free trade ... It's a protectionist agreement; it's anti free-trade. -- Noam Chomsky
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A siege is an act of war. -- Noam Chomsky
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We don't use the term 'working class' here because it's a taboo term. You're supposed to say 'middle class,' because it helps diminish the understanding that there's a class war going on. -- Noam Chomsky
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In 1979, Iranians carried out an illegitimate act: They overthrew a tyrant that the United States had imposed and supported, and moved on an independent path, not following U.S. orders. -- Noam Chomsky
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Markets are lethal, if only because of ignoring externalities, the impacts of their transactions on the environment. -- Noam Chomsky
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The United States was seriously defeated in Iraq by Iraqi nationalism - mostly by nonviolent resistance. The United States could kill the insurgents, but they couldn't deal with half a million people demonstrating in the streets. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Modern science and technology can relieve men of the necessity for specialized, imbecile labor. They may, in principle, provide the basis for a rational social order based on free association and democratic control, if we have the will to create it. -- Noam Chomsky
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Well before September 11, it was understood that with modern technology, the rich and powerful will lose their near monopoly of the means of violence and can expect to suffer atrocities on home soil. -- Noam Chomsky
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I do not think psychoanalysis has a scientific basis. If we can't explain why a cockroach decides to turn left, how can we explain why a human being decides to do something? -- Noam Chomsky
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It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies. -- Noam Chomsky
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As you deal with more and more complex systems, it becomes harder and harder to find deep and interesting properties. -- Noam Chomsky
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There's one white powder which is by far the most lethal known, it's called sugar ... The Caribbean back in the 18th century was a soft drug producer: sugar, rum, tobacco, chocolate. And in order to do it, they had to enslave Africans. -- Noam Chomsky
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The social and physical construction of suburban America really was quite complex. It was a very elaborate system, and clearly a massive social engineering project that has changed U.S. society enormously. -- Noam Chomsky
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The first thing you ought to do is verify what I present. Just because I say it doesn't make it true. So check it out, see what looks correct, what looks wrong, look at other material which wasn't discussed, figure out what the truth really is. That's what you've got a brain for. -- Noam Chomsky
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Everyone's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's really an easy way: Stop participating in it. -- Noam Chomsky
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France had a policy, initiated by General de Gaulle, of trying to turn Europe into what was then called a 'third force,' independent of the two superpowers, so Europe should pursue an independent course. -- Noam Chomsky
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The media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly. -- Noam Chomsky
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If humans were totally unstructured creatures, they would be ... a tool which can properly be shaped by outside forces. -- Noam Chomsky
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Free speech has been used by the Supreme Court to give immense power to the wealthiest members of our society. -- Noam Chomsky
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Another problem with the official definitions of terror is that it follows from them that the US is a leading terrorist state. -- Noam Chomsky
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There is no body of theory or significant body of relevant information, beyond the comprehension of the layman, which makes policy immune from criticism. -- Noam Chomsky
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Markets also have a very bad psychological effect. They drive people to a conception of themselves and society in which you're only after your own good, not the good of others and that's extremely harmful. -- Noam Chomsky
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Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. -- Noam Chomsky
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I know some really outstanding Turkish journalists, and have been pleased and honored to be able to join with them a few times in their courageous protests against state terror and repression. -- Noam Chomsky
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The American claim that the bombing of North Vietnam was directed against military targets does not withstand direct investigation. -- Noam Chomsky
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I have trouble reading modern Hebrew. In the 1950s, I could read anything. I don't know how much experience you've had with contemporary Hebrew. It's quite difficult. -- Noam Chomsky
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Around 2008 and again in 2013 NATO officially offered the Ukraine the opportunity to join NATO. That's something no Russian government is ever going to accept. It's right at the geopolitical heartland of Russia. -- Noam Chomsky
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The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor led to many very good things. If you follow the trail, it led to kicking Europeans out of Asia - that saved tens of millions of lives in India alone. -- Noam Chomsky
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truisms at least have the merit of being true, which distinguishes them from a good deal of political discourse. And -- Noam Chomsky
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The terms of political discourse are designed so as to prevent thought. -- Noam Chomsky
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Even in the 1950s, President Eisenhower was concerned about what he called a campaign of hatred of the U.S. in the Arab world, because of the perception on the Arab street that it supported harsh and oppressive regimes to take their oil. -- Noam Chomsky
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Iran has little capacity to deploy force. Its strategic doctrines are defensive, designed to deter invasion long enough for diplomacy to set it. -- Noam Chomsky
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There has been a huge attack against private sector unions. Actually, that's been going on since the Second World War. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Capitalism denies the right to live. You have only the right to remain on the labour market. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you're really in favor of free speech, then you're in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you're not in favor of free speech. -- Noam Chomsky
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Expressing criticism of society is not being a grouch. -- Noam Chomsky
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We should not be speaking to, but with. That is second nature to any good teacher. -- Noam Chomsky
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My grandchildren are on social media all the time, and they think they have friends. But it's not what I would've called a friend, ever. -- Noam Chomsky
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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
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Where are the drug cartels getting their weapons? They are being provided by the United States. Cut off that flow of arms. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the universities, cheap, vulnerable labor means adjuncts and graduate students. -- Noam Chomsky
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In the years of the Reagan-Bush administration alone, about 1.5 million people were killed by South Africa just in the surrounding countries. Forget what was happening in South Africa and Namibia. -- Noam Chomsky
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If you want to control a population ... give them a God to worship -- Noam Chomsky
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Obama's policies have been approximately the same as Bush's, though there have been some slight differences, but that's not a great surprise. The Democrats supported Bush's policies. -- Noam Chomsky