Noam Chomsky Quotes

15 Noam Chomsky quotes:

"If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged."
"States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions."
"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."
"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media."
"Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world."
"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."
"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."
"To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public."
"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."
"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."
"I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system."
"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."
"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."
"You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it."
"Suppose that humans happen to be so constructed that they desire the opportunity for freely undertaken productive work. Suppose that they want to be free from the meddling of technocrats and commissars, bankers and tycoons, mad bombers who engage in psychological tests of will with peasants defending their homes, behavioral scientists who can't tell a pigeon from a poet, or anyone else who tries to wish freedom and dignity out of existence or beat them into oblivion."
Author: Chomsky Quotes Category: Behavior Quotes

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