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    "The “corporatization of America” during the past century has been an attack on democracy — and on markets, part of the shift from something resembling “capitalism” to the highly administrated markets of the modern state/corporate era. A current variant is called “minimizing the state,” that is, transferring decision-making power from the public arena to somewhere else: “to the people,” in the rhetoric of power; to private tyrannies, in the real world."
    Noam Chomsky, Profit Over People: Neoliberalism And Global Order (1997)

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    — 9 hours ago with 71 notes
    "A few days after the NAFTA vote, the US Senate passed “the finest anticrime package in history” (Senator Orrin Hatch), calling for 100,000 new police, high-security regional prisons, boot camps for young offenders, extension of the death penalty and harsher sentencing, and other onerous conditions. Law enforcement experts interviewed by the press doubted that the legislation would have much effect on crime because it did not deal with the “causes of social disintegration that produce violent criminals.” Primary among those are the social and economic policies polarizing American society, carried another step forward by NAFTA. The concepts of “efficiency” and “health of the economy” preferred by wealth and privilege offer nothing to the growing sectors of the population that are useless for profit-making, driven to poverty and despair. If they cannot be confined to urban slums, they will have to be controlled in some other way."
    Noam Chomsky, Profit Over People: Neoliberalism And Global Order (1997)

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    — 14 hours ago with 70 notes
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“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.”
-Noam Chomsky
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    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.

    -Noam Chomsky

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    — 18 hours ago with 89 notes
    "We’re supposed to believe that the US would’ve invaded Iraq if it was an island in the Indian Ocean and its main exports were pickles and lettuce. This is what we’re supposed to believe. Now the truth of the matter, obvious to anyone not committed to the party line, is that Iraq has huge oil resources, maybe the second in the world, mostly untapped, that it’s right in the middle of the main energy-producing region of the world and that taking control of Iraq will strengthen enormously the US’s control over the major energy resources of the world. It will, in fact, give the US critical leverage over its competitors, Europe and Asia, that’s Zbigniew Brzezsinski’s [President Carter’s national Security Adviser] accurate observation. That’s the reason. Now suppose that Iraq were to become sovereign and democratic, what would happen? Just think of the policies they would undertake. I mean, we can run through them, it would be a nightmare for the US."
    Noam Chomsky 

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    — 1 month ago with 395 notes
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    "Most intellectuals are servants of power and counsel governments. They call themselves experts; they have sought prestige for centuries, not only today. However every society has critical intellectuals at its edges. Both types have influence: the servants of power and the dissidents."
    Noam Chomsky 
    — 1 month ago with 107 notes
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    "So maybe it’s a corporation or private business or something. First of all, internally, it’s essentially a totalitarian institution, almost necessarily. There’s a group at the top, maybe a person or a group, they make the decisions, they give orders, people down the hierarchy get the orders and transmit them. At the very bottom you get people who are permitted to rent themselves to survive, that’s called a job. Wage labor. And you get the outside community who’s allowed to purchase what you produce and of course they’re very heavily propagandized to make them want to consume it even if they don’t. So, that’s the nature of the system.
    It’s kind of about as close to totalitarianism as you can imagine."
    Noam Chomsky 

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    — 1 month ago with 128 notes
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    "You have to remember that stability is a cold code word. Stability doesn’t mean stability; it means obedience to US domination. So let’s go back to Kissinger again. He was the primary agent in, among other things, undermining the democratic regime in Chile. He later commented that “The US had to destabilize Chile in order to establish stability.” If you understand the terminology, that is not a contradiction. It means the US had to undermine, through Kissinger initiative, the parliamentary government in order to institute an obedient dictatorship and that is what he manes by stability. He doesn’t mean that things are calm and straightforward, he means they are under control. That of course it is inconsistent with democracy for the reasons I mentioned before. Just look at the studies of the public opinion."
    Noam Chomsky
    — 1 month ago with 88 notes
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    "For one thing, I don’t buy much. Almost buy nothing. I buy what I need, do it the easiest way possible."
    Noam Chomsky 
    — 1 month ago with 34 notes
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    "(The United States doesn’t) want democracy here, why would they want it in the Middle East? In fact, what’s going on in — you mentioned Wisconsin and that’s quite appropriate. The last thirty years have been a major assault against democracy here, and the governor of Wisconsin is trying to carry it forward. Finally there’s some resistance, but plainly elites here don’t want democracy. And why should they? Democracy is always harmful to elite interests. Almost by definition."
    Noam Chomsky 

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    — 1 month ago with 87 notes
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    "I had no expectations about (Obama) and I’m not in the least disillusioned."
    Noam Chomsky 
    — 1 month ago with 64 notes
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    "So take the financial crisis. One of the reasons for it is that – there are several, but one is – say if Goldman Sachs makes a risky transaction, they – if they’re paying attention – cover their own potential losses. They do not take into account what’s called systemic risk, that is, the possibility that the whole system will crash if one of their risky transactions goes bad. That just about happened with AIG, the huge insurance company. They were involved in risky transactions which they couldn’t cover. The whole system was really going to collapse, but of course state power intervened to rescue them. The task of the state is to rescue the rich and the powerful and to protect them, and if that violates market principles, okay, we don’t care about market principles. The market principles are essentially for the poor."
    — 1 month ago with 31 notes
    Noam Chomsky: A Surveillance State Beyond Imagination Is Being Created in One of the World's Freest Countries | Alternet →

    thoughtshrapnel:

    Chomsky, as awesome as always. Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place To Hide is mentioned in the article, and is next on my reading list!

    — 1 month ago with 18 notes

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

    ― Noam Chomsky

    — 1 month ago with 84 notes