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Quote: I was never aware of any other option but to question everything. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I was never aware of any other option but to question everything.


Quote: September 11 shocked many Americans into an awareness that they had better pay much closer attention to what the US government does in the world and how it is perceived. Many issues have been opened for discussion that were not on the agenda before. That's all to the good. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote; white text on black background

September 11 shocked many Americans into an awareness that they had better pay much closer attention to what the US government does in the world and how it is perceived. Many issues have been opened for discussion that were not on the agenda before. That's all to the good.


Quote: Hypocrites are those who apply to others the standards that they refuse to accept for themselves. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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.


Quote: I had two spinster aunts who were seamstresses, and of course unemployed in the 1930s, but the union gave them a life. They had a couple of weeks in the country for a union installation and they had educational programs and all sorts of things. There was a life, you know, a real community. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: I had two spinster aunts who were seamstresses, and of course unemployed in the 1930s, but the union gave them a life. They had a couple of weeks in the country for a union installation and they had educational programs and all sorts of things. There was a life, you know, a real community.- black text on quotes background

I had two spinster aunts who were seamstresses, and of course unemployed in the 1930s, but the union gave them a life. They had a couple of weeks in the country for a union installation and they had educational programs and all sorts of things. There was a life, you know, a real community.


Quote: We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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


Quote: There's plenty of challenging, gratifying, interesting, productive workaround for people to do, and there are plenty of people who want to do it―they simply aren't being allowed that opportunity under the current economic system. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

There's plenty of challenging, gratifying, interesting, productive workaround for people to do, and there are plenty of people who want to do it―they simply aren't being allowed that opportunity under the current economic system.


Quote: You go into a hospital now, it's dangerous. We can get diseases that can't be dealt with, that are moving around the hospital. A lot of that traces back to industrial meat production. These are really serious threats, all over the place. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

You go into a hospital now, it's dangerous. We can get diseases that can't be dealt with, that are moving around the hospital. A lot of that traces back to industrial meat production. These are really serious threats, all over the place.


Quote: What's the point of being better than someone else? by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

What's the point of being better than someone else?


Quote: The people I find most impressive are generally unknown at the time of their actions and forgotten in history. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The people I find most impressive are generally unknown at the time of their actions and forgotten in history.


Quote: The responsibility of the writer as a moral agent is to try to bring the truth about matters of human significance to an audience that can do something about them. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The responsibility of the writer as a moral agent is to try to bring the truth about matters of human significance to an audience that can do something about them.


Quote: There's a strange myth of Anglo-Saxonism. When the University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson, for example, its law school offered the study of Anglo-Saxon Law. And that myth of Anglo-Saxonism carries right over into the early twentieth century. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

There's a strange myth of Anglo-Saxonism. When the University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson, for example, its law school offered the study of Anglo-Saxon Law. And that myth of Anglo-Saxonism carries right over into the early twentieth century.


Quote: Nixon at one point informs Kissinger ... that he wanted bombing of Cambodia. And Kissinger loyally transmits the order to the Pentagon to carry out a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. Anything that flies on anything that moves ... genocide. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Nixon at one point informs Kissinger ... that he wanted bombing of Cambodia. And Kissinger loyally transmits the order to the Pentagon to carry out a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. Anything that flies on anything that moves ... genocide.


Quote: China has been there for 3,000 years, has contempt for the barbarians, is overcoming a century of domination, and simply moves on its own. It does not get intimidated when Uncle Sam shakes his fist. That's scary. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

China has been there for 3,000 years, has contempt for the barbarians, is overcoming a century of domination, and simply moves on its own. It does not get intimidated when Uncle Sam shakes his fist. That's scary.


Quote: During the 1990's, Colombia was the leading recipient of US military aid and training in the hemisphere. Approximately half of all US aid in the hemisphere went to Colombia. Colombia was also far and away the leading human rights violator in the hemisphere. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

During the 1990's, Colombia was the leading recipient of US military aid and training in the hemisphere. Approximately half of all US aid in the hemisphere went to Colombia. Colombia was also far and away the leading human rights violator in the hemisphere.


Quote: Today, aid to Colombia is given under the pretext of a drug war. That's pretty hard to take seriously. Ten years ago, Amnesty International flatly called it a myth. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Today, aid to Colombia is given under the pretext of a drug war. That's pretty hard to take seriously. Ten years ago, Amnesty International flatly called it a myth.


Quote: There was a hemispheric conference in Colombia. It couldn't reach a consensus, so there was no declaration that came out, but on the crucial issues, Canada and the US were totally isolated. The rest of the hemisphere voted one way, and the US and Canada rejected it. So there couldn't be a consensus. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: There was a hemispheric conference in Colombia. It couldn't reach a consensus, so there was no declaration that came out, but on the crucial issues, Canada and the US were totally isolated. The rest of the hemisphere voted one way, and the US and Canada rejected it. So there couldn't be a consensus.- black text on quotes background

There was a hemispheric conference in Colombia. It couldn't reach a consensus, so there was no declaration that came out, but on the crucial issues, Canada and the US were totally isolated. The rest of the hemisphere voted one way, and the US and Canada rejected it. So there couldn't be a consensus.


Quote: Colombia is potentially a very wealthy country. It has tremendous resources, but its wealth is highly concentrated. Most of the population lives in misery, which has led to violent confrontation throughout the century. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Colombia is potentially a very wealthy country. It has tremendous resources, but its wealth is highly concentrated. Most of the population lives in misery, which has led to violent confrontation throughout the century.


Quote: Colombia has been the leading western recipient of U.S. arms and training as violence has grown through the '90s. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Colombia has been the leading western recipient of U.S. arms and training as violence has grown through the '90s.


Quote: Take Cuba. A very large majority of the U.S. population is in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and has been for a long time with some fluctuations. And even part of the business world is in favor of it too. But the government won't allow it. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Take Cuba. A very large majority of the U.S. population is in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and has been for a long time with some fluctuations. And even part of the business world is in favor of it too. But the government won't allow it.


Quote: I agree with Bill Clinton that US forces should not be sent to Haiti, but not for his reasons. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I agree with Bill Clinton that US forces should not be sent to Haiti, but not for his reasons.


Quote: Haiti, which has been the main target of US intervention throughout the 20th century, is the poorest. And Guatemala, which is maybe the third major target of US intervention, probably ranks third poorest. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Haiti, which has been the main target of US intervention throughout the 20th century, is the poorest. And Guatemala, which is maybe the third major target of US intervention, probably ranks third poorest.


Quote: It turned out that Bill Clinton had authorized Texaco to illegally ship oil to the military junta in Haiti during a time when we were supposedly opposing the military junta and supporting democracy instead. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

It turned out that Bill Clinton had authorized Texaco to illegally ship oil to the military junta in Haiti during a time when we were supposedly opposing the military junta and supporting democracy instead.


Quote: Iceland is capitalist social democratic, rather like the Nordic countries generally. The capital had a mayor who is an anarchist, but the city has been nothing like that. In fact a few years ago it was super-neoliberal, which led to the crash. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Iceland is capitalist social democratic, rather like the Nordic countries generally. The capital had a mayor who is an anarchist, but the city has been nothing like that. In fact a few years ago it was super-neoliberal, which led to the crash.


Quote: People don't talk to each other. You're alone with your television set or internet. But you can't have a functioning democracy without what sociologists call secondary organizations, places where people can get together, plan, talk and develop ideas. You don't do it alone. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote; white text on black background

People don't talk to each other. You're alone with your television set or internet. But you can't have a functioning democracy without what sociologists call secondary organizations, places where people can get together, plan, talk and develop ideas. You don't do it alone.


Quote: For us, we are all very different, our languages are very different, and our societies are very different. But if we could extract ourselves from our point of view and sort of look down at human life the way a biologist looks at other organisms, I think we could see it a different way. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: For us, we are all very different, our languages are very different, and our societies are very different. But if we could extract ourselves from our point of view and sort of look down at human life the way a biologist looks at other organisms, I think we could see it a different way.- black text on quotes background

For us, we are all very different, our languages are very different, and our societies are very different. But if we could extract ourselves from our point of view and sort of look down at human life the way a biologist looks at other organisms, I think we could see it a different way.


Quote: Isn't it interesting that eating a banana is somehow comical. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Isn't it interesting that eating a banana is somehow comical.


Quote: The missile defense component is a minor feature that nobody takes very seriously. Nobody really believes that the US is trying to protect itself from North Korea. That's not serious. But the militarization of space is quite serious. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The missile defense component is a minor feature that nobody takes very seriously. Nobody really believes that the US is trying to protect itself from North Korea. That's not serious. But the militarization of space is quite serious.


Quote: I don't think that the United States cares. They just assume that North Korea will soon have nuclear weapons. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I don't think that the United States cares. They just assume that North Korea will soon have nuclear weapons.


Quote: If North Korea doesn't have a deterrent, they will be wiped out. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If North Korea doesn't have a deterrent, they will be wiped out.


Quote: In any case, it is better to have some deal than no deal, but it's interesting that Obama picked the day of implementing of Iran deal to impose new sanctions on North Korea. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In any case, it is better to have some deal than no deal, but it's interesting that Obama picked the day of implementing of Iran deal to impose new sanctions on North Korea.


Quote: If the US were to attack North Korea, they'd certainly destroy North Korea, but South Korea would be pretty well wiped out too. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If the US were to attack North Korea, they'd certainly destroy North Korea, but South Korea would be pretty well wiped out too.


Quote: While the state can coerce, with some exceptions (like North Korea) it seems to me misleading to think of it as capable of enslavement. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

While the state can coerce, with some exceptions (like North Korea) it seems to me misleading to think of it as capable of enslavement.


Quote: Of course all such conclusions about appropriate actions against the rich and powerful are based on a fundamental flaw: This is us, and that is them. This crucial principle, deeply embedded in Western culture, suffices to undermine even the most precise analogy and the most impeccable reasoning. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: Of course all such conclusions about appropriate actions against the rich and powerful are based on a fundamental flaw: This is us, and that is them. This crucial principle, deeply embedded in Western culture, suffices to undermine even the most precise analogy and the most impeccable reasoning.- black text on quotes background

Of course all such conclusions about appropriate actions against the rich and powerful are based on a fundamental flaw: This is us, and that is them. This crucial principle, deeply embedded in Western culture, suffices to undermine even the most precise analogy and the most impeccable reasoning.


Quote: What the polls don't tell you is, though other polls do, is that if you do a study of CEOs, top executives in corporations, they're liberal. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

What the polls don't tell you is, though other polls do, is that if you do a study of CEOs, top executives in corporations, they're liberal.


Quote: Mexico is a pretty poor country, but they are maintaining a free, high quality public education system, not for everyone of course but pretty substantial. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Mexico is a pretty poor country, but they are maintaining a free, high quality public education system, not for everyone of course but pretty substantial.


Quote: Travel from what is called Pakistan to Afghanistan has been made increasingly difficult and people are often labelled terrorists, even those who might be just visiting families. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Travel from what is called Pakistan to Afghanistan has been made increasingly difficult and people are often labelled terrorists, even those who might be just visiting families.


Quote: The US intervened in the Philippines to uplift and christianize the backward people, killing a couple of hundred thousand of them and destroying the place. The same thing happened in Haiti, the same thing happened with other countries. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The US intervened in the Philippines to uplift and christianize the backward people, killing a couple of hundred thousand of them and destroying the place. The same thing happened in Haiti, the same thing happened with other countries.


Quote: It's a lesser-known story, but the Japanese government (after the Russian-Nazi pact, which split Poland) did allow Polish Jews to come to Japan, with the expectation that they would then be sent to the United States. But they weren't accepted, so they stayed in Japan. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote; white text on black background

It's a lesser-known story, but the Japanese government (after the Russian-Nazi pact, which split Poland) did allow Polish Jews to come to Japan, with the expectation that they would then be sent to the United States. But they weren't accepted, so they stayed in Japan.


Quote: America has always been the richest and most secure, and sometimes the most dangerous country in the world. In the early years, the danger was to everybody near us, slaves, Native Americans, Mexicans. It finally expanded in 1898 to the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: America has always been the richest and most secure, and sometimes the most dangerous country in the world. In the early years, the danger was to everybody near us, slaves, Native Americans, Mexicans. It finally expanded in 1898 to the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines.- black text on quotes background

America has always been the richest and most secure, and sometimes the most dangerous country in the world. In the early years, the danger was to everybody near us, slaves, Native Americans, Mexicans. It finally expanded in 1898 to the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines.


Quote: Francisco Franco said they should resort to guerrilla war. Which has a history in Spain. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Francisco Franco said they should resort to guerrilla war. Which has a history in Spain.


Quote: The government of Rwanda, which is a US client, is intervening massively, and Uganda to an extent. It's almost an international war in Africa. Well, how many people know about this? by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The government of Rwanda, which is a US client, is intervening massively, and Uganda to an extent. It's almost an international war in Africa. Well, how many people know about this?


Quote: Around 2008 and again in 2013 NATO officially offered the Ukraine the opportunity to join NATO. That's something no Russian government is ever going to accept. It's right at the geopolitical heartland of Russia. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Around 2008 and again in 2013 NATO officially offered the Ukraine the opportunity to join NATO. That's something no Russian government is ever going to accept. It's right at the geopolitical heartland of Russia.


Quote: The new crimes that the US and Israel were committing in Gaza as 2009 opened do not fit easily into any standard category--except for the category of familiarity. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The new crimes that the US and Israel were committing in Gaza as 2009 opened do not fit easily into any standard category--except for the category of familiarity.


Quote: This Sarah Palin phenomenon is very curious. I think somebody watching us from Mars--they would think the country has gone insane. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

This Sarah Palin phenomenon is very curious. I think somebody watching us from Mars--they would think the country has gone insane.


Quote: Latin America is all moving to the left, from Venezuela to Argentina with rare exceptions, but there's a good left and a bad left. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Latin America is all moving to the left, from Venezuela to Argentina with rare exceptions, but there's a good left and a bad left.


Quote: Actually, my first article, it wasn't about the anarchists; it was about the fall of Barcelona and the spread of fascism over Europe, which was frightening. But a couple of years later I became interested in the anarchist movement. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Actually, my first article, it wasn't about the anarchists; it was about the fall of Barcelona and the spread of fascism over Europe, which was frightening. But a couple of years later I became interested in the anarchist movement.


Quote: Quite generally, international affairs have more than a slight resemblance to the Mafia. The Godfather does not take it lightly when he is crossed, even by a small storekeeper. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Quite generally, international affairs have more than a slight resemblance to the Mafia. The Godfather does not take it lightly when he is crossed, even by a small storekeeper.


Quote: Religion is based on the idea that God is an imbecile. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Religion is based on the idea that God is an imbecile.


Quote: In the US, there is basically one party -- the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote; white text on black background

In the US, there is basically one party -- the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population.


Quote: It is quite possible -- overwhelmingly probable, one might guess -- that we will always learn more about human life and personality from novels than from scientific psychology. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

It is quite possible -- overwhelmingly probable, one might guess -- that we will always learn more about human life and personality from novels than from scientific psychology.


Quote: International relations bears more than a slight resemblance to the mafia. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

International relations bears more than a slight resemblance to the mafia.


Quote: The indoctrination is so deep that educated people think they're being objective. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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.


Quote: We still name our military helicopter gunships after victims of genocide. Nobody bats an eyelash about that: Blackhawk. Apache. And Comanche. If the Luftwaffe named its military helicopters Jew and Gypsy, I suppose people would notice. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

We still name our military helicopter gunships after victims of genocide. Nobody bats an eyelash about that: Blackhawk. Apache. And Comanche. If the Luftwaffe named its military helicopters Jew and Gypsy, I suppose people would notice.


Quote: Governments will use whatever technology is available to combat their primary enemy -- their own population. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Governments will use whatever technology is available to combat their primary enemy -- their own population.


Quote: Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for meaningful democracy. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for meaningful democracy.


Quote: It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars.


Quote: The structure of language determines not only thought, but reality itself. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The structure of language determines not only thought, but reality itself.


Quote: The more privilege you have, the more opportunity you have. The more opportunity you have, the more responsibility you have. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The more privilege you have, the more opportunity you have. The more opportunity you have, the more responsibility you have.


Quote: He who controls the media controls the minds of the public. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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


Quote: Language etches the grooves through which your thoughts must flow. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Language etches the grooves through which your thoughts must flow.


Quote: How it is we have so much information, but know so little? by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

How it is we have so much information, but know so little?


Quote: If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope.


Quote: 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. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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.


Quote: From anti-semite to self-hating jew, all in one day. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

From anti-semite to self-hating jew, all in one day.


Quote: I think half the population supports this ban on these dangerous immigrants who are going to come in and do something, who knows what. And meanwhile the countries that really have been involved in terrorism, they're out. It's kind of like I think it was Oklahoma banning Sharia law. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: I think half the population supports this ban on these dangerous immigrants who are going to come in and do something, who knows what. And meanwhile the countries that really have been involved in terrorism, they're out. It's kind of like I think it was Oklahoma banning Sharia law.- black text on quotes background

I think half the population supports this ban on these dangerous immigrants who are going to come in and do something, who knows what. And meanwhile the countries that really have been involved in terrorism, they're out. It's kind of like I think it was Oklahoma banning Sharia law.


Quote: What right does the US have to do anything in Colombia? Does Colombia have the right to bomb North Carolina? There are more Colombians dying from tobacco than Americans dying from heroin. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

What right does the US have to do anything in Colombia? Does Colombia have the right to bomb North Carolina? There are more Colombians dying from tobacco than Americans dying from heroin.


Quote: About half the population thinks that every person in Congress, including their own representative, should be thrown out. That's the center not holding. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

About half the population thinks that every person in Congress, including their own representative, should be thrown out. That's the center not holding.


Quote: Unfortunately, you can't vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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.


Quote: Peace is preferable to war. But it's not an absolute value, and so we always ask, What kind of peace? by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Peace is preferable to war. But it's not an absolute value, and so we always ask, What kind of peace?


Quote: I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.- black text on quotes background

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.


Quote: If we don't believe in free expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If we don't believe in free expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.


Quote: For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.


Quote: It's not radical Islam that worries the US -- it's independence. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

It's not radical Islam that worries the US -- it's independence.


Quote: Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry? by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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


Quote: The first scholarly edition of Magna Carta was published by the eminent jurist William Blackstone. It was not an easy task. There was no good text available. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The first scholarly edition of Magna Carta was published by the eminent jurist William Blackstone. It was not an easy task. There was no good text available.


Quote: In general, I think, U.S. policies remain constant, going back to the Second World War. But the capacity to implement them is declining. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In general, I think, U.S. policies remain constant, going back to the Second World War. But the capacity to implement them is declining.


Quote: The U.S. increasingly has taken on the characteristics of what we describe as 'failed states.' by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The U.S. increasingly has taken on the characteristics of what we describe as 'failed states.'


Quote: It makes sense for Japan to pursue a more independent role in the world, following Latin America and others in freeing itself from U.S. domination. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

It makes sense for Japan to pursue a more independent role in the world, following Latin America and others in freeing itself from U.S. domination.


Quote: Armed attack has a definition in international law. It means sudden, overwhelming, instantaneous ongoing attack. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Armed attack has a definition in international law. It means sudden, overwhelming, instantaneous ongoing attack.


Quote: I didn't pay my taxes for years. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I didn't pay my taxes for years.


Quote: Government actually grew during the Reagan years. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Government actually grew during the Reagan years.


Quote: By 1960, the South Africans knew that they were becoming a pariah state. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

By 1960, the South Africans knew that they were becoming a pariah state.


Quote: Obama, of course, outspent McCain. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Obama, of course, outspent McCain.


Quote: The U.S. is just in a class by itself in military expenses. It basically matches the rest of the world, and it's far more advanced. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The U.S. is just in a class by itself in military expenses. It basically matches the rest of the world, and it's far more advanced.


Quote: In the United States, we can do almost anything we want. It's not like Egypt, where you're going to get murdered by the security forces. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In the United States, we can do almost anything we want. It's not like Egypt, where you're going to get murdered by the security forces.


Quote: The government of Israel doesn't like the kinds of things I say, which puts them into the same category as every other government in the world. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The government of Israel doesn't like the kinds of things I say, which puts them into the same category as every other government in the world.


Quote: Sooner or later, jihadist-style terror and WMD are going to come together and the consequences could be horrendous. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Sooner or later, jihadist-style terror and WMD are going to come together and the consequences could be horrendous.


Quote: The argument that resistance to the war should remain strictly nonviolent seems to me overwhelming. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The argument that resistance to the war should remain strictly nonviolent seems to me overwhelming.


Quote: An individual's refusal to carry out the criminal acts of his government sets the stage, in the most effective way possible, for the attempt to demonstrate the criminal nature of these acts. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

An individual's refusal to carry out the criminal acts of his government sets the stage, in the most effective way possible, for the attempt to demonstrate the criminal nature of these acts.


Quote: The U.S. has strategic and economic interests in Southeast Asia that must be secured. Holding Indochina is essential to securing these interests. Therefore, we must hold Indochina. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The U.S. has strategic and economic interests in Southeast Asia that must be secured. Holding Indochina is essential to securing these interests. Therefore, we must hold Indochina.


Quote: U.S. analysts estimate that Russian military expenditures have tripled during the Bush-Putin years, in large measure a predicted reaction to the Bush administration's militancy and aggressiveness. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

U.S. analysts estimate that Russian military expenditures have tripled during the Bush-Putin years, in large measure a predicted reaction to the Bush administration's militancy and aggressiveness.


Quote: Violence can succeed, as Americans know well from the conquest of the national territory. But at terrible cost. It can also provoke violence in response, and often does. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Violence can succeed, as Americans know well from the conquest of the national territory. But at terrible cost. It can also provoke violence in response, and often does.


Quote: The appropriate response to terrorist crimes is police work, which has been successful worldwide. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The appropriate response to terrorist crimes is police work, which has been successful worldwide.


Quote: The neo-cons constitute a radical reactionary fringe of the planning spectrum, but the spectrum is narrow. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The neo-cons constitute a radical reactionary fringe of the planning spectrum, but the spectrum is narrow.


Quote: There was unprecedented elite condemnation of the plans to invade Iraq. Sensible analysts were able to perceive that the enterprise carried significant risks for U.S. interests, however conceived. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

There was unprecedented elite condemnation of the plans to invade Iraq. Sensible analysts were able to perceive that the enterprise carried significant risks for U.S. interests, however conceived.


Quote: There's never been anything like the so-called Vietnam Syndrome: it's mostly a fabrication. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

There's never been anything like the so-called Vietnam Syndrome: it's mostly a fabrication.


Quote: The American claim that the bombing of North Vietnam was directed against military targets does not withstand direct investigation. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The American claim that the bombing of North Vietnam was directed against military targets does not withstand direct investigation.


Quote: Washington still refuses to provide evidence to support the claims in 1990 that a huge Iraqi military build-up on the Saudi border justified war. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Washington still refuses to provide evidence to support the claims in 1990 that a huge Iraqi military build-up on the Saudi border justified war.


Quote: In the late 1960s, the masses were supposed to be passive, not entering into the public arena and having their voices heard. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In the late 1960s, the masses were supposed to be passive, not entering into the public arena and having their voices heard.


Quote: The prescription for endless war poses a far greater danger to Americans than perceived enemies do, for reasons the terrorist organisations understand very well. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The prescription for endless war poses a far greater danger to Americans than perceived enemies do, for reasons the terrorist organisations understand very well.


Quote: For many of the world's conflicts, it is difficult even to conjure up a feasible settlement. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

For many of the world's conflicts, it is difficult even to conjure up a feasible settlement.


Quote: If you get to a point where the existing institutions will not bend to the popular will, you have to eliminate the institutions. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If you get to a point where the existing institutions will not bend to the popular will, you have to eliminate the institutions.


Quote: In the 1930s, unemployed working people could anticipate that their jobs would come back. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In the 1930s, unemployed working people could anticipate that their jobs would come back.


Quote: Right after the assassination of Osama bin Laden, amid all the cheers and applause, there were a few critical comments questioning the legality of the act. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Right after the assassination of Osama bin Laden, amid all the cheers and applause, there were a few critical comments questioning the legality of the act.


Quote: In some respects, South African apartheid was more vicious than Israeli practices, and in some respects the opposite is true. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In some respects, South African apartheid was more vicious than Israeli practices, and in some respects the opposite is true.


Quote: My speculation is that the U.S. does not want to establish the principle that it has to defer to some higher authority before carrying out the use of violence. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

My speculation is that the U.S. does not want to establish the principle that it has to defer to some higher authority before carrying out the use of violence.


Quote: Right after 9-11, as far as I know, one newspaper in the United States had the integrity to investigate opinion in the Muslim world: the 'Wall Street Journal.' by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Right after 9-11, as far as I know, one newspaper in the United States had the integrity to investigate opinion in the Muslim world: the 'Wall Street Journal.'


Quote: Control is the source of strategic power. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Control is the source of strategic power.


Quote: In the 1960s, there was a point, 1968, '69, when there was a very strong antiwar movement against the war in Vietnam. But it's worth remembering that the war in Vietnam started -- an outright war started in 1962. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In the 1960s, there was a point, 1968, '69, when there was a very strong antiwar movement against the war in Vietnam. But it's worth remembering that the war in Vietnam started -- an outright war started in 1962.


Quote: I have been -- I have spoken in Bir Zeit a number of times. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I have been -- I have spoken in Bir Zeit a number of times.


Quote: Egypt is the second-largest recipient over a long period of U.S. military and economic aid. Israel is first. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Egypt is the second-largest recipient over a long period of U.S. military and economic aid. Israel is first.


Quote: When Reagan left office, he was the most unpopular living president, apart from Nixon, even below Carter. If you look at his years in office, he was not particularly popular. He was more or less average. He severely harmed the American economy. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

When Reagan left office, he was the most unpopular living president, apart from Nixon, even below Carter. If you look at his years in office, he was not particularly popular. He was more or less average. He severely harmed the American economy.


Quote: There has been a huge attack against private sector unions. Actually, that's been going on since the Second World War. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

There has been a huge attack against private sector unions. Actually, that's been going on since the Second World War.


Quote: By most accounts, Aristide is the most popular figure in Haiti. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

By most accounts, Aristide is the most popular figure in Haiti.


Quote: What's important in Libya is, first of all, it has a good deal of oil. A lot of the country is unexplored; there may be a lot more. And it's very high-quality oil, so very valuable. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

What's important in Libya is, first of all, it has a good deal of oil. A lot of the country is unexplored; there may be a lot more. And it's very high-quality oil, so very valuable.


Quote: In 1961, the United States began chemical warfare in Vietnam, South Vietnam, chemical warfare to destroy crops and livestock. That went on for seven years. The level of poison -- they used the most extreme carcinogen known: dioxin. And this went on for years. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In 1961, the United States began chemical warfare in Vietnam, South Vietnam, chemical warfare to destroy crops and livestock. That went on for seven years. The level of poison -- they used the most extreme carcinogen known: dioxin. And this went on for years.


Quote: The childcare tax credit makes some sense. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The childcare tax credit makes some sense.


Quote: If you care about other people, you might try to organize to undermine power and authority. That's not going to happen if you care only about yourself. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If you care about other people, you might try to organize to undermine power and authority. That's not going to happen if you care only about yourself.


Quote: Israel is a pretty crazy state. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Israel is a pretty crazy state.


Quote: As you deal with more and more complex systems, it becomes harder and harder to find deep and interesting properties. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

As you deal with more and more complex systems, it becomes harder and harder to find deep and interesting properties.


Quote: Whatever the reasons may be, I was very much affected by events of the 1930s -- the Spanish Civil War, for example, though I was barely literate. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Whatever the reasons may be, I was very much affected by events of the 1930s -- the Spanish Civil War, for example, though I was barely literate.


Quote: I don't pay a lot of attention to polls. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I don't pay a lot of attention to polls.


Quote: Suppose I criticise Iran. What impact does that have? The only impact it has is in fortifying those who want to carry out policies I don't agree with, like bombing. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Suppose I criticise Iran. What impact does that have? The only impact it has is in fortifying those who want to carry out policies I don't agree with, like bombing.


Quote: Responsibility, I believe, accrues through privilege. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Responsibility, I believe, accrues through privilege.

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Responsibility I believe accrues through privilege. People like you and me have an unbelievable amount of privilege and therefore we have a huge amount of responsibility. We live in free societies where we are not afraid of the police; we have extraordinary wealth available to us by global standards. If you have those things, then you have the kind of responsibility that a person does not have if he or she is slaving seventy hours a week to put food on the table; a responsibility at the very least to inform yourself about power. Beyond that, it is a question of whether you believe in moral certainties or not.


Quote: I know some really outstanding Turkish journalists, and have been pleased and honored to be able to join with them a few times in their courageous protests against state terror and repression. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I know some really outstanding Turkish journalists, and have been pleased and honored to be able to join with them a few times in their courageous protests against state terror and repression.


Quote: As for my own views, they've of course evolved over the years. This conception of 'renouncing beliefs' is very odd, as if we're in some kind of religious cult. I 'renounce beliefs' practically every time I think about the topics or find out what someone else is thinking. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote; white text on black background

As for my own views, they've of course evolved over the years. This conception of 'renouncing beliefs' is very odd, as if we're in some kind of religious cult. I 'renounce beliefs' practically every time I think about the topics or find out what someone else is thinking.


Quote: Greece has been, in many ways, a partially dysfunctional society. For example, the wealthy barely pay taxes... to an extent, that's true elsewhere, including the United States, but it's been pretty extreme in Greece. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Greece has been, in many ways, a partially dysfunctional society. For example, the wealthy barely pay taxes... to an extent, that's true elsewhere, including the United States, but it's been pretty extreme in Greece.


Quote: I once did a three-hour interview with Radio Oxford only to be told the microphone hadn't picked me up. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I once did a three-hour interview with Radio Oxford only to be told the microphone hadn't picked me up.


Quote: Anti-Americanism is a pure totalitarian concept. The very notion is idiotic. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Anti-Americanism is a pure totalitarian concept. The very notion is idiotic.


Quote: To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public.


Quote: 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. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

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.


Quote: A consistent anarchist must oppose private ownership of the means of production, and the wage-slavery which is a component of this system, as incompatible with the principle that labor must be freely undertaken and under the control of the producer. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

A consistent anarchist must oppose private ownership of the means of production, and the wage-slavery which is a component of this system, as incompatible with the principle that labor must be freely undertaken and under the control of the producer.


Quote: Free institutions certainly exist, but a tradition of passivity and conformism restricts their use -- a cynic might say that this is why they continue to exist. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Free institutions certainly exist, but a tradition of passivity and conformism restricts their use -- a cynic might say that this is why they continue to exist.


Quote: Those who had demanded no more than an end to the bombing of North Vietnam and a commitment to negotiations saw their demands being realized, and lapsed into silence. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Those who had demanded no more than an end to the bombing of North Vietnam and a commitment to negotiations saw their demands being realized, and lapsed into silence.


Quote: The whole infrastructure of air travel was, and is, part of government policy. It is not a natural development of a free economic system -- at least not in the way that is claimed. The same is true of the roads, of course. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The whole infrastructure of air travel was, and is, part of government policy. It is not a natural development of a free economic system -- at least not in the way that is claimed. The same is true of the roads, of course.


Quote: Since the civil war in Laos was resumed in earnest in 1963, American participation has been veiled in secrecy. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Since the civil war in Laos was resumed in earnest in 1963, American participation has been veiled in secrecy.


Quote: Part of the population of Laos lives in urban centers, Vientiane being the largest. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Part of the population of Laos lives in urban centers, Vientiane being the largest.


Quote: U.S. Government propaganda tries to give the impression that aerial bombardment achieves near-surgical accuracy, so that military targets can be destroyed with minimal effect on civilians. Technical documents give a different picture. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

U.S. Government propaganda tries to give the impression that aerial bombardment achieves near-surgical accuracy, so that military targets can be destroyed with minimal effect on civilians. Technical documents give a different picture.


Quote: In the universities, cheap, vulnerable labor means adjuncts and graduate students. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In the universities, cheap, vulnerable labor means adjuncts and graduate students.


Quote: Radical Islamist extremists surely hope that an attack on Iraq will kill many people and destroy much of the country, providing recruits for terrorist actions. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Radical Islamist extremists surely hope that an attack on Iraq will kill many people and destroy much of the country, providing recruits for terrorist actions.


Quote: Occupying armies have responsibilities, not rights. Their primary responsibility is to withdraw as quickly and expeditiously as possible, in a manner determined by the occupied population. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Occupying armies have responsibilities, not rights. Their primary responsibility is to withdraw as quickly and expeditiously as possible, in a manner determined by the occupied population.


Quote: In November 2007, the White House issued a Declaration of Principles demanding that U.S. forces must remain indefinitely in Iraq and committing Iraq to privilege American investors. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In November 2007, the White House issued a Declaration of Principles demanding that U.S. forces must remain indefinitely in Iraq and committing Iraq to privilege American investors.


Quote: In 1949, China declared independence -- an event known in Western discourse as 'the loss of China' in the U.S. -- with bitter recriminations and conflict over who was responsible for that loss. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In 1949, China declared independence -- an event known in Western discourse as 'the loss of China' in the U.S. -- with bitter recriminations and conflict over who was responsible for that loss.


Quote: The western mantra is that Israel seeks negotiations without preconditions, while the Palestinians refuse. The opposite is more accurate. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The western mantra is that Israel seeks negotiations without preconditions, while the Palestinians refuse. The opposite is more accurate.


Quote: John Lewis Gaddis is not only the favorite historian of the Reagan administration, but he's regarded as the dean of Cold War scholarship, the leading figure in the American Cold War scholarship, a professor at Yale. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

John Lewis Gaddis is not only the favorite historian of the Reagan administration, but he's regarded as the dean of Cold War scholarship, the leading figure in the American Cold War scholarship, a professor at Yale.


Quote: Israelis would mostly breathe a sigh of relief if Palestinians were to disappear. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Israelis would mostly breathe a sigh of relief if Palestinians were to disappear.


Quote: When Rumsfeld gets up on television and says we have definitive intelligence that al Qaeda is working with Iraq, how is an ordinary citizen supposed to react? They won't tell you the evidence, and when anyone asks, they say, 'Well, you know: It's secret.' by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

When Rumsfeld gets up on television and says we have definitive intelligence that al Qaeda is working with Iraq, how is an ordinary citizen supposed to react? They won't tell you the evidence, and when anyone asks, they say, 'Well, you know: It's secret.'


Quote: Cuba has become a symbol of courageous resistance to attack. Since 1959, Cuba has been under attack from the hemispheric superpower. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Cuba has become a symbol of courageous resistance to attack. Since 1959, Cuba has been under attack from the hemispheric superpower.


Quote: One of the problems of organizing in the North, in the rich countries, is that people tend to think -- even the activists -- that instant gratification is required. You constantly hear: 'Look I went to a demonstration, and we didn't stop the war so what's the use of doing it again?' by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: One of the problems of organizing in the North, in the rich countries, is that people tend to think -- even the activists -- that instant gratification is required. You constantly hear: 'Look I went to a demonstration, and we didn't stop the war so what's the use of doing it again?'- black text on quotes background

One of the problems of organizing in the North, in the rich countries, is that people tend to think -- even the activists -- that instant gratification is required. You constantly hear: 'Look I went to a demonstration, and we didn't stop the war so what's the use of doing it again?'


Quote: The Occupy movement is -- it was a big surprise. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The Occupy movement is -- it was a big surprise.


Quote: After my first year of college, each course I took in every field was so boring that I didn't even go to the classes. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

After my first year of college, each course I took in every field was so boring that I didn't even go to the classes.


Quote: In 1963, the U.N. Security Council declared a voluntary arms embargo on South Africa. That was extended to a mandatory embargo in 1977. And that was followed by economic sanctions and other measures -- sometimes officials, countries, cities, towns -- some organized by popular movements. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: In 1963, the U.N. Security Council declared a voluntary arms embargo on South Africa. That was extended to a mandatory embargo in 1977. And that was followed by economic sanctions and other measures -- sometimes officials, countries, cities, towns -- some organized by popular movements.- black text on quotes background

In 1963, the U.N. Security Council declared a voluntary arms embargo on South Africa. That was extended to a mandatory embargo in 1977. And that was followed by economic sanctions and other measures -- sometimes officials, countries, cities, towns -- some organized by popular movements.


Quote: The crimes against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and elsewhere, particularly Lebanon, are so shocking that the only emotionally valid reaction is rage and a call for extreme actions. But that does not help the victims. And, in fact, it's likely to harm them. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote; white text on black background

The crimes against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and elsewhere, particularly Lebanon, are so shocking that the only emotionally valid reaction is rage and a call for extreme actions. But that does not help the victims. And, in fact, it's likely to harm them.


Quote: If you look back at the history of the twentieth century, Germany alone had practically destroyed Russia several times. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If you look back at the history of the twentieth century, Germany alone had practically destroyed Russia several times.


Quote: Haitian rice farmers are quite efficient, but they can't compete with U.S. agribusiness that relies on a huge government subsidy, thanks to Ronald Reagan's free market enthusiasms. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Haitian rice farmers are quite efficient, but they can't compete with U.S. agribusiness that relies on a huge government subsidy, thanks to Ronald Reagan's free market enthusiasms.


Quote: There are major efforts being made to dismantle Social Security, the public schools, the post office -- anything that benefits the population has to be dismantled. Efforts against the U.S. Postal Service are particularly surreal. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

There are major efforts being made to dismantle Social Security, the public schools, the post office -- anything that benefits the population has to be dismantled. Efforts against the U.S. Postal Service are particularly surreal.


Quote: In much of the world, there is a sense of an ultra-powerful CIA manipulating everything that happens, such as running the Arab Spring, running the Pakistani Taliban, etc. That is just nonsense. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In much of the world, there is a sense of an ultra-powerful CIA manipulating everything that happens, such as running the Arab Spring, running the Pakistani Taliban, etc. That is just nonsense.


Quote: When secular figures are turned into divinities, they way they are in Peian Yang or Stanford University -- that I don't like. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

When secular figures are turned into divinities, they way they are in Peian Yang or Stanford University -- that I don't like.


Quote: Meteorologists are pretty faces reading scripts telling you whether it's going to rain tomorrow. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Meteorologists are pretty faces reading scripts telling you whether it's going to rain tomorrow.


Quote: If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does, he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does, he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees.


Quote: If you're working 50 hours a week to try to maintain family income, and your children have the kinds of aspirations that come from being flooded with television from age one, and associations have declined, people end up hopeless, even though they have every option. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote; white text on black background

If you're working 50 hours a week to try to maintain family income, and your children have the kinds of aspirations that come from being flooded with television from age one, and associations have declined, people end up hopeless, even though they have every option.


Quote: When I look at public opinion, I'm not far out of the mainstream. I'm in it, in many respects. In some respects, public opinion goes beyond anything I've ever said. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

When I look at public opinion, I'm not far out of the mainstream. I'm in it, in many respects. In some respects, public opinion goes beyond anything I've ever said.


Quote: My proposal happens to be very mainstream. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

My proposal happens to be very mainstream.


Quote: If you want to achieve something, you build the basis for it. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If you want to achieve something, you build the basis for it.


Quote: How people themselves perceive what they are doing is not a question that interests me. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

How people themselves perceive what they are doing is not a question that interests me.

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How people themselves perceive what they are doing is not a question that interests me. I mean, there are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, 'That person I see is a savage monster'; instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do. If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees. But then you take a look at what the corporation does, the effect of its legal structure, the vast inequalities in pay and conditions, and you see the reality is something far different.


Quote: As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.


Quote: I don't usually admire Sarah Palin, but when she was making fun of this 'hopey changey stuff,' she was right: there was nothing there. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I don't usually admire Sarah Palin, but when she was making fun of this 'hopey changey stuff,' she was right: there was nothing there.


Quote: In Latin America, specialists and polling organisations have, for some time, observed that the extension of formal democracy was accompanied by an increasing disillusionment about democracy and a lack of faith in democratic institutions. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

In Latin America, specialists and polling organisations have, for some time, observed that the extension of formal democracy was accompanied by an increasing disillusionment about democracy and a lack of faith in democratic institutions.


Quote: The country that consistently ranks among the highest in educational achievement is Finland. A rich country, but education is free. Germany, education is free. France, education is free. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The country that consistently ranks among the highest in educational achievement is Finland. A rich country, but education is free. Germany, education is free. France, education is free.


Quote: The poorest country in South America, Bolivia, had been devastated by neoliberal economic policies. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The poorest country in South America, Bolivia, had been devastated by neoliberal economic policies.


Quote: Civil disobedience is -- it's no fun. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Civil disobedience is -- it's no fun.


Quote: There are nuclear-weapons-free zones in several parts of the world already, except that they're not implemented fully, because the U.S. won't allow it. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

There are nuclear-weapons-free zones in several parts of the world already, except that they're not implemented fully, because the U.S. won't allow it.


Quote: Public opinion in Egypt is very antagonistic to the way the dictatorship, Mubarak dictatorship, interpreted relations with Israel. Very antagonistic. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Public opinion in Egypt is very antagonistic to the way the dictatorship, Mubarak dictatorship, interpreted relations with Israel. Very antagonistic.


Quote: The 14th Amendment was recognized right away to be problematic. The concept of person was both too narrow and too broad, and the courts went to work to overcome both of those flaws. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The 14th Amendment was recognized right away to be problematic. The concept of person was both too narrow and too broad, and the courts went to work to overcome both of those flaws.


Quote: I don't think a Jewish or Christian or Islamic state is a proper concept. I would object to the United States as a Christian state. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I don't think a Jewish or Christian or Islamic state is a proper concept. I would object to the United States as a Christian state.


Quote: Language is one component of the human cognitive capacity which happens to be fairly amenable to enquiry. So we know a good deal about that. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Language is one component of the human cognitive capacity which happens to be fairly amenable to enquiry. So we know a good deal about that.


Quote: You could imagine a language exactly like English except it doesn't have connectives like 'and' that allow you to make longer expressions. An infant learning truncated English would have no idea about this: They would just pick it up as they would standard English. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote; white text on black background

You could imagine a language exactly like English except it doesn't have connectives like 'and' that allow you to make longer expressions. An infant learning truncated English would have no idea about this: They would just pick it up as they would standard English.


Quote: Guantanamo is still open, but it's unlikely that serious torture is going on at Guantanamo. There is just too much inspection. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Guantanamo is still open, but it's unlikely that serious torture is going on at Guantanamo. There is just too much inspection.


Quote: If humans were totally unstructured creatures, they would be... a tool which can properly be shaped by outside forces. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If humans were totally unstructured creatures, they would be... a tool which can properly be shaped by outside forces.


Quote: Israel is following policies which maximise its security threats... policies which choose expansion over security... policies which lead to their moral degradation, their isolation, their delegitimation, as they call it now, and very likely ultimate destruction. That's not impossible. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: Israel is following policies which maximise its security threats... policies which choose expansion over security... policies which lead to their moral degradation, their isolation, their delegitimation, as they call it now, and very likely ultimate destruction. That's not impossible.- black text on quotes background

Israel is following policies which maximise its security threats... policies which choose expansion over security... policies which lead to their moral degradation, their isolation, their delegitimation, as they call it now, and very likely ultimate destruction. That's not impossible.


Quote: I am opposed to the accumulation of executive power anywhere. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I am opposed to the accumulation of executive power anywhere.


Quote: It is true that classical libertarian thought is opposed to state intervention in social life, as a consequence of deeper assumptions about the human need for liberty, diversity, and free association. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

It is true that classical libertarian thought is opposed to state intervention in social life, as a consequence of deeper assumptions about the human need for liberty, diversity, and free association.


Quote: Markets have built in inefficiencies, serious inefficiencies which are well known. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Markets have built in inefficiencies, serious inefficiencies which are well known.


Quote: Even the most cynical can hardly be surprised by the antics of Nixon and his accomplices as they are gradually revealed. It matters little, at this point, where the exact truth lies in the maze of perjury, evasion, and of contempt for the normal -- hardly inspiring -- standards of political conduct. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of Noam Chomsky quote: Even the most cynical can hardly be surprised by the antics of Nixon and his accomplices as they are gradually revealed. It matters little, at this point, where the exact truth lies in the maze of perjury, evasion, and of contempt for the normal -- hardly inspiring -- standards of political conduct.- black text on quotes background

Even the most cynical can hardly be surprised by the antics of Nixon and his accomplices as they are gradually revealed. It matters little, at this point, where the exact truth lies in the maze of perjury, evasion, and of contempt for the normal -- hardly inspiring -- standards of political conduct.


Quote: As Bromberger observed, rules are understood to be elements of the computational systems that determine the sound and meaning of the infinite array of expressions of a language; the information so derived is accessed by other systems in language use. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

As Bromberger observed, rules are understood to be elements of the computational systems that determine the sound and meaning of the infinite array of expressions of a language; the information so derived is accessed by other systems in language use.


Quote: The Great Seal was an early proclamation of 'humanitarian intervention,' to use the currently fashionable phrase. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The Great Seal was an early proclamation of 'humanitarian intervention,' to use the currently fashionable phrase.


Quote: The Iraq War was the first conflict in western history in which an imperialist war was massively protested against before it had even been launched. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The Iraq War was the first conflict in western history in which an imperialist war was massively protested against before it had even been launched.


Quote: If a child from an Amazonian hunter-gatherer tribe comes to Boston, is raised in Boston, that child will be indistinguishable in language capacities from my children growing up here, and vice versa. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

If a child from an Amazonian hunter-gatherer tribe comes to Boston, is raised in Boston, that child will be indistinguishable in language capacities from my children growing up here, and vice versa.


Quote: The United States is afraid of China; it is not a military threat to anyone and is the least aggressive of all the major military powers. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The United States is afraid of China; it is not a military threat to anyone and is the least aggressive of all the major military powers.


Quote: Unlike Europe, China can't be intimidated. Europe backs down if the United States looks at it the wrong way. But China, they've been there for 3,000 years and are paying no attention to the barbarians and don't see any need to. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Unlike Europe, China can't be intimidated. Europe backs down if the United States looks at it the wrong way. But China, they've been there for 3,000 years and are paying no attention to the barbarians and don't see any need to.


Quote: The U.S. is off the spectrum in religious commitment. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The U.S. is off the spectrum in religious commitment.


Quote: I don't think that experience is a very useful or convincing attribute for a sensible foreign policy. Henry Kissinger had a lot of experience. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I don't think that experience is a very useful or convincing attribute for a sensible foreign policy. Henry Kissinger had a lot of experience.


Quote: The polls show that concern over inequality among the general public rose pretty sharply after the Occupy movement started, very probably as a consequence. And there are other policy issues that came to the fore, which are significant. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The polls show that concern over inequality among the general public rose pretty sharply after the Occupy movement started, very probably as a consequence. And there are other policy issues that came to the fore, which are significant.


Quote: The good news from the U.S. military survey of focus groups is that Iraqis do accept the Nuremberg principles. They understand that sectarian violence and the other postwar horrors are contained within the supreme international crime committed by the invaders. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

The good news from the U.S. military survey of focus groups is that Iraqis do accept the Nuremberg principles. They understand that sectarian violence and the other postwar horrors are contained within the supreme international crime committed by the invaders.


Quote: Latin America has much richer resources. You'd expect it to be far more advanced than East Asia, but it had the disadvantage of being under imperialist wings. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Latin America has much richer resources. You'd expect it to be far more advanced than East Asia, but it had the disadvantage of being under imperialist wings.


Quote: I do not think psychoanalysis has a scientific basis. If we can't explain why a cockroach decides to turn left, how can we explain why a human being decides to do something? by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

I do not think psychoanalysis has a scientific basis. If we can't explain why a cockroach decides to turn left, how can we explain why a human being decides to do something?


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