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Noam Chomsky Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2020
Noam Chomsky Topics
Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.
You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.
We can, for example, be fairly confident that either there will be a world without war or there won't be a world - at least, a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and beetles, with some scattering of others.
Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public.
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.
The people who were honored in the Bible were the false prophets. It was the ones we call the prophets who were jailed and driven into the desert.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.
States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.
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.
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
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.
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.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Human Rights quotes
If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.
If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.
I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.
Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world.
Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.
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