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" Any dictator would
admire the uniformity and obedience of the (U.S.) media."
"I think we can be reasonably
confident that if the American population had the slightest idea
of what is being done in their name, they would be utterly appalled."
"The rascal multitude
are the proper targets of the mass media and a public education
system geared to obedience and training in needed skills, including
the skill of repeating patriotic slogans on timely occasions."
Books by Noam Chomsky
"Vietnam wasn't a "disastrous
mistake" - it was murderous aggression."
"The U.S. is the only
country condemned by the World Court for international terrorism-for
"the unlawful use of force" for political ends."
"Advertising is tax deductible,
so we all pay for the privilege of being manipulated and controlled."
"In much of the world
the U.S. is regarded as a leading terrorist state."
"As long as people are
marginalized and distracted [they] have no way to organize or
articulate their sentiments, or even know that others have these
sentiments. People assume that they are the only people with a
crazy idea in their heads. They never hear it from anywhere else.
Nobody's supposed to think that. ... Since there's no way to get
together with other people who share or reinforce that view and
help you articulate it, you feel like an oddity, an oddball. So
you just stay on the side and you don't pay any attention to what's
going on. You look at something else, like the Superbowl."
" The U.S. will not
permit constructive programs in its own domains, so it must ensure
that they are destroyed elsewhere to terminate " the threat
of a good example".
" 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
of America' during the past century [has been] an attack on democracy."
"The smart way to keep
people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum
of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that
spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views.
That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on,
while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being
reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate."
"The South is assigned
a service role: to provide resources, cheap labor, markets, opportunities
for investment and ... export of pollution."
"The best defense against
democracy is to distract people."
"The Orwellian term is "right
to work," meaning "effectively illegal to organize".
" Sports plays a societal
role in engendering jingoist and chauvinist attitudes. They're
designed to organize a community to be committed to their gladiators."
"There's a very committed
effort to convert the US into something resembling a Third World
society, where a few people have enormous wealth and a lot of
others have no security."
"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, there are opportunities
to change things, etc., there's a chance to contribute to the
making of a better world. That's your choice."
"... the media serve the
interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked,
framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of
established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly."
"Societies of the North
- notibly the United States - are taking on certain Third World
aspects. The distribution of privilege and despair in a society
with the emormous advantages of ours is not, of course, what one
finds in Brazil or Mexico. But the tendencies are not hard to
"[Noam] Chomsky's truly
great contribution to the struggle for human freedom is that he
has taken what we have been persuaded to believe is an insane
idea, a product only of individual neurosis - the idea that society
is not free and quite possibly not even sane - and shown it to
be empirically, demonstrably true; he has provided the vital support
for the individual to be able to declare him - and herself sane
against the insanity of society, despite a million voices declaring
that it is the occasional doubter who is mad."
David Edwards - Burning All Illusions
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