Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they can't afford the time to think.

— 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.

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That's the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don't work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.

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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.

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Noam Chomsky quote Hundreds of billions of dollars are spen

Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year to control the public mind.

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There's a good reason why nobody studies history, it just teaches you too much.

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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.

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Nobody should have any illusions. The United States has essentially a one-party system and the ruling party is the business party.

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Noam Chomsky quote As long as the general population is pas

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.

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Democratic societies can't force people. Therefore they have to control what they think.

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If you go to one demonstration and then go home, that's something, but the people in power can live with that. What they can't live with is sustained pressure that keeps building, organisations that keep doing things, people that keep learning lessons from the last time and doing it better the next time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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About Noam Chomsky

Quotes 1449 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday December 7, 1928

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.

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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.

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The indoctrination is so deep that educated people think they’re being objective.

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Hypocrites are those who apply to others the standards that they refuse to accept for themselves.

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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.

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It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.

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If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.

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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.

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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.

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We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.

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Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism.

Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.

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I try to encourage people to think for themselves, to question standard assumptions... Don't take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can't. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself.

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Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.

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I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.

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You are responsible for the predictable consequences of your actions.

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The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history.

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

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Education is a system of imposed ignorance.

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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.

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Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army and calls it a war.

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He who controls the media controls the minds of the public.

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Freedom without opportunity is a devil's gift, and the refusal to provide such opportunities is criminal

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All public resources go to the rich. The poor, if they can survive in the labor market, fine. Otherwise, they die. That's economics in a nutshell.

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It’s 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.

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Small differences in a system of great power can have enormous consequences.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Moral cowardice and intellectual corruption are the natural concomitants of unchallenged privilege.

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What is called 'capitalism'is basically a system of corporate mercantilism, with huge and largely unaccountable private tyrannies exercising vast control over the economy, political systems, and social and cultural life, operating in close cooperation with powerful states that intervene massively in the domestic economy and international society.

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Hillary Clinton was the one pressing the hardest for bombing, and look at what happened. They not only destroyed the country, but Libya has become the center for jihad all over Africa and the Middle East. It's a total disaster in every respect, but it does not matter. Look at the so-called global war on terror.

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Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry?

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Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

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One of the greatest dangers is secular religion - state worship.

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Some kind of settlement in Kashmir is crucial for both India and Pakistan.

It's also tearing India apart with horrible atrocities in the region which is controlled by Indian armed forces. This is feeding right back into society even in the domain of elementary civil rights.

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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.

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