"The concentration of wealth leads naturally to concentration of power."
-- Noam Chamsky


“We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.” 
― Noam Chomsky


“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.” 
― Noam Chomsky


“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


“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....” 
― Noam Chomsky, The Common Good


“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


“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.” 
― Noam Chomsky


“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.” 
― Noam Chomsky


“I was never aware of any other option but to question everything.” 
― Noam Chomsky


“Education is a system of imposed ignorance.” 
― Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media


“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.” 
― Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World


“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.” 
― Noam Chomsky


“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


“It's not radical Islam that worries the US -- it's independence”
― Noam Chomsky


“The more you can increase fear of drugs, crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all of the people.” 
― Noam Chomsky


“How it is we have so much information, but know so little?” 
― Noam Chomsky


“See, people with power understand exactly one thing: violence.” 
― 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


In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the United States but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.”
 
― Noam Chomsky


...the Bible is probably the most genocidal book in the literary canon.” 
― Noam Chomsky


“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” 
― Noam Chomsky, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda


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


“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


“It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars.” 
― Noam Chomsky


“It's only terrorism if they do it to us. When we do much worse to them, it's not terrorism.” 
― Noam Chomsky, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda


“Modern industrial civilization has developed within a certain system of convenient myths. The driving force of modern industrial civilization has been individual material gain, which is accepted as legitimate, even praiseworthy, on the grounds that private vices yield public benefits in the classic formulation.

Now, it's long been understood very well that a society that is based on this principle will destroy itself in time. It can only persist with whatever suffering and injustice it entails as long as it's possible to pretend that the destructive forces that humans create are limited: that the World is an infinite resource, and that the World is an infinite garbage-can. At this stage of History, either one of two things is possible: either the general population will take control of its own destiny and will concern itself with community-interests, guided by values of solidarity and sympathy and concern for others; or, alternatively, there will be no destiny for anyone to control.

As long as some specialized class is in a position of authority, it is going to set policy in the special interests that it serves. But the conditions of survival, let alone justice, require rational social planning in the interests of the community as a whole and, by now, that means the Global Community. The question is whether privileged elites should dominate mass-communication, and should use this power as they tell us they must, namely, to impose necessary illusions, manipulate and deceive the stupid majority, and remove them from the public arena. The question, in brief, is whether Democracy and Freedom are values to be preserved or threats to be avoided. In this possibly-terminal phase of human existence, Democracy and Freedom are more than values to be treasured, they may well be essential to survival.” 

― Noam Chomsky


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