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Noam Chomsky quotes

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.

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

If you are giving a graduate course you don't try to impress the students with oratory, you try to challenge them, get them to question you.

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

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

Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.

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.

Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.

If you don't like what someone has to say, argue with them.

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

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

You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.

If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.

If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long.

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.

There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment.

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

If you are working 50 hours a week in a factory, you don't have time to read 10 newspapers a day and go back to declassified government archives. But such people may have far-reaching insights into the way the world works.