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Noam Chomsky

December 7, 1928 ·

Tough love is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else.

- Noam Chomsky (2016) ·

Unfortunately, you can't vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place.

- Noam Chomsky (2016) ·

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.

- Noam Chomsky (1998) ·

Mass education was designed to turn independent farmers into docile, passive tools of production.

- Noam Chomsky (1995) ·

There is a history of Christianity: the first three centuries of Christianity, it was a radical pacifist religion, which is why it was persecuted. It was the religion of the poor and the suffering, and Jesus was the symbol of the poor and the suffering. In the fourth century, it was taken over by the Roman Empire. Emperor Constantine turned the church into the religion of the persecutors.

- Noam Chomsky (2010) ·

I should say that when people talk about capitalism it's a bit of a joke. There's no such thing. No country, no business class, has ever been willing to subject itself to the free market, free market discipline. Free markets are for others.

Like, the Third World is the Third World because they had free markets rammed down their throat. Meanwhile, the enlightened states, England, the United States, others, resorted to massive state intervention to protect private power, and still do. Virtually the entire dynamic economy in the United States is based crucially on state initiative and intervention: computers, the internet, telecommunication, automation, pharmaceutical, you just name it.

Run through it, and you find massive ripoffs of the public, meaning, a system in which under one guise or another the public pays the costs and takes the risks, and profit is privatized. That's very remote from a free market. Free market is like what India had to suffer for a couple hundred years, and most of the rest of the Third World.

- Noam Chomsky (1999) ·

…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 (2002) ·

Well, law is a bit like a printing press—it’s kind of neutral, you can make it do anything. I mean, what lawyers are taught in law school is chicanery: how to convert words on paper into instruments of power. And depending where the power is, the law will mean different things.

- Noam Chomsky (2002) ·

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

- Noam Chomsky (2002) ·

In a three-minute stretch between commercials, or in seven hundred words, it is impossible to present unfamiliar thoughts or surprising conclusions with the argument and evidence required to afford them credibility. Regurgitation of welcome pieties faces no such problem.

- Noam Chomsky (1989) ·

The invasion of Iraq was simply a war crime. Straight-out war crime.

- Noam Chomsky (2004) ·