Noam Chomsky is literally one of the most influential and prolific individuals in the history of mankind. We are all so lucky that he has worked so hard on behalf of values such as truth, justice, social justice, freedom, solidarity, progressivism, and social welfare. Thought of as the founder of modern linguistics, he is extremely erudite and has written on all manner of subject—mostly politics and economics. Known as a “left-libertarian” or a “libertarian socialist”, he is wary of government, the media, the military, and the two big political parties. He has lampooned, lambasted, and laid bare their lies, machinations, and subterfuge. He is a man of the people, and has my deep respect. Bono called him “a rebel without a pause.” A great American. And now, the Noam Chomsky quotes.
“Roughly speaking, I think it’s accurate to say that a corporate elite of managers and owners governs the economy and the political system— at least in a very large measure.”
“I once asked an editor I know at the Boston Globe why their coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is so awful – and it is. He just laughed and said, ‘How many Arab advertisers do you think we have?’ That was the end of that conversation.”
“…democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether it’s owners, managers, technocrats, a vanguard party, a state bureaucracy, or whatever.”
“On major issues, there is a very noticeable split between elite and popular opinion, and the media consistently reflect elite opinion.”
“Mass public education first was introduced in the United States in the nineteenth century as a way of training the largely rural workforce here for industry….”
“The country is in a state where people are disillusioned, frightened, skeptical, angry, don’t trust anything, want something better, know that everything’s rotten. That’s a perfect place for organizers to come and say, ‘Okay, let’s do something about it. If they could do something about it in the hills of El Salvador, we can certainly do something about it here.'”
“The methods for starting to move toward real change are quite clear, it’s just a question of whether enough people are willing to start pursuing them. There are all sorts of options for how to begin building popular movements, and they could be developed on a very substantial scale. Then if they’re coordinated, with genuine community efforts to take control over whatever resources and industries are within them, and they begin to link up internationally, anything at all is possible; sure the scale is enormous – but with any major social change the scale has been enormous.”
“The whole tradition of popular control has been exactly that: to keep people isolated, because if you can keep them isolated enough, you can get them to believe anything. But when people get together, all sorts of things are possible.”
“If you ask people, Do you want new taxes? they’ll say no; but if you ask them, Do you want better medical services? they’ll say yes.
“You have to have common sense, you have to look carefully at the facts; it may be a bit of work to find the facts – usually you’re not going to find them right there in the headlines or something.”
“Typically the elites are the most indoctrinated segment of a society, because they are the ones who are exposed to the most propaganda and actually take part in the decision-making process.”
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“It’s true that things like violence and rotten schools are destroying the cities – but they’re destroying them because of a social structure that we’ve got to change, from the bottom up.”
“There was something you could do about feudalism and slavery, but not by sitting and complaining about it…there wouldn’t have been an American Revolution if people had been writing pamphlets and not doing anything more than that.”
“It’s very rare in most human situations that there’s a clear and simple answer about what’s right, and sometimes the answers are very murky, because there are different values and values do conflict, which often leads us to different answers – maybe because we don’t understand all the values well enough yet, or maybe because they really are in conflict.”
“There was a study done at Oxford University which estimated that of the kids under twenty alive today in China, about fifty million of them are going to die from tobacco-related diseases. Killing fifty million people is fairly impressive, even by twentieth century standards – why isn’t that “violence?” That’s the violence of the American state working for the interests of the tobacco manufacturers.”
“There’s a popular perception certainly that violence is greater today – but that’s mostly propaganda: it’s just part of the whole effort to make people frightened, so that they’ll abandon their rights. And of course it all has a real racist undertone to it; there are little code words that are used – ‘Willie Horton’ for example, to try to get everyone to think there’s some black man out there trying to rape their daughter.”
“In Reagan’s America, the jail population in the U.S. more than tripled – tripled –and it’s been going up very fast ever since.”
“The idea that people could be free is extremely frightening to anybody with power.”
Noam Chomsky quotes are not the only amazing quotations about justice, liberty, truth, power, progressivism, history, and struggle. HERE are Howard Zinn quotes, HERE are Michael Parenti quotes, HERE are Frederick Douglas quotes, HERE are Helen Keller quotes, and HERE you can find quotes about the labor struggle in the U.S.. You are also invited to visit The Wisdom Archive and find others. With 25,000 quotations about wisdom, quotes on values, and proverbs and lyrics about ethics and morality, you are sure to find some very interesting examples, indeed! Here is a lengthy list of his articles.
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