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If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.Noam Chomsky
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
michaelj72 added Our only real hope for democracy is that we get the money out of politics entirely and establish a system of publicly funded elections.
Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.Noam Chomsky
michaelj72 added In the US, there is basically one party - the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population.
michaelj72 added You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.
michaelj72 added Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.
The consistent anarchist should be a socialist, but a socialist of a particular sort. He will not only oppose alienated and specialized labor and look forward to the appropriation of capital by the whole body of workers, but he will also insist that this appropriation be direct, not exercised by some elite force acting in the name of the proletariat. Some sort of council communism is the natural form of revolutionary socialism in an industrial society. It reflects the intuitive understanding that democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether of owners, managers, and technocrats, a vanguard party, or a State bureaucracy.Noam Chomsky
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
I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.Noam Chomsky
The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control -- indoctrination, we might say -- exercised through the mass media.Noam Chomsky
michaelj72 added The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.
michaelj72 added All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.Noam Chomsky
Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for the mid-twentieth century.Noam Chomsky
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
michaelj72 added 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.
michaelj72 added Governments are not representative. They have their own power, serving segments of the population that are dominant and rich.
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
michaelj72 added International affairs is very much run like the mafia. The godfather does not accept disobedience, even from a small storekeeper who doesn't pay his protection money. You have to have obedience; otherwise, the idea can spread that you don't have to listen to the orders, and it can spread to important places.
michaelj72 added One of the best predictors of policy around is Thomas Ferguson's investment theory of politics, as he calls it - very outstanding political economist - which essentially - I mean, to say it in a sentence, he describes elections as occasions in which groups of investors coalesce and invest to control the state.
michaelj72 added The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
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
michaelj72 added If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long.
The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.Noam Chomsky
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