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    "You can also construct models which have no relation to reality. Some free-market economic models, for example, abstract away from significant factors, such as state intervention or the fact that capital is mobile and labor relatively immobile and so on. They actually take you farther away from the way the world works."
    Noam Chomsky

    (Source: easeconomics.com)

    — 6 days ago with 51 notes
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    "Markets also have a very bad psychological effect. They drive people to a conception of themselves and society in which you’re only after your own good, not the good of others and that’s extremely harmful."
    Noam Chomsky 

    (Source: counterpunch.org)

    — 6 days ago with 165 notes
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    "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)

    (Source: justinacuff)

    — 1 week ago with 75 notes
    #chomsky  #noam chomsky 
    "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 

    (Source: chomsky.info)

    — 1 month ago with 395 notes
    #chomsky  #iraq  #noam chomsky  #Iraq War  #usa 
    "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 108 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 

    (Source: zcomm.org)

    — 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 89 notes
    #usa  #chomsky  #noam chomsky 
    "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
    #noam chomsky  #chomsky 
    "(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 

    (Source: chomsky.info)

    — 1 month ago with 88 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 65 notes
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    "We’ve got to distract them. They should be watching the Superbowl or sitcoms or violent movies. Every once in a while you call on them to chant meaningless slogans like ‘Support our troops.’ You’ve got to keep them pretty scared, because unless they’re properly scared and frightened of all kinds of devils that are going to destroy them from outside or inside or somewhere, they may start to think, which is very dangerous, because they’re not competent to think. Therefore it’s important to distract them and marginalize them."
    Noam Chomsky - Media Control
    — 1 month ago with 84 notes
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    "

    When a language disappears, a lot is lost.A language is a repository of cultural wealth. Each language is a way of understanding and interpreting the world.

    It carries the wealth of tradition in history, oral history, which can be extremely rich. Take the Bible, for example. For thousands years, that was oral history, before anything was written down. Homer is oral history.

    And that’s all over the world. And we’re losing those treasures every time a language disappears.

    And for the people themselves, they’re losing their identity. If English disappeared, we would lose our cultural identity, and the same is true if it’s a small group somewhere.

    "
    Noam Chomsky 

    (Source: youtube.com)

    — 1 month ago with 210 notes
    #linguistics  #culture  #heritage  #chomsky  #noam chomsky 
    "But this use of Smith to justify free market economics is just another distortion. Adam Smith would have hated the capitalism we see today. Smith is explicit about it. He was not in favor of free, unbridled, markets. Today he would be called a libertarian socialist. He understood, and stated it clearly in The Wealth of Nations. He argues that England could be “saved” from a form of neoliberal globalization by an “invisible hand.” There needs to be control — or intervention. Daniel Defoe, argued something pretty similar in the eighteenth century."
    Noam Chomsky

    (Source: chomsky.info)

    — 1 month ago with 38 notes
    #chomsky  #noam chomsky 
    "

    It is quite striking that propaganda is most developed and sophisticated in the more free societies. The public relations industry, which is the advertising industry is mostly propaganda, a lot of it is commercial propaganda but also thought control.
    That developed in Britain and the US – two of the freest societies. And for a good reason. It was understood roughly a century ago that people have won enough freedom so you just can’t control them by force.

    Therefore you have to control beliefs and attitudes, it’s the next best thing. It has always been done, but it took a leap forward about a century ago with the development of these huge industries devoted to, as their leaders put it, to the engineering of content. If you read the founding documents of the PR industry, they say: ‘We have to make sure that the general public are incompetent, they are like children, if you let them run their own affairs they will get into all kind of trouble.

    The world has to be run by the intelligent minority, and that’s us, therefore we have to regiment their minds, the way the army regiments its soldiers, for their own good.

    "
    Noam Chomsky 

    (Source: mediaroots.org)

    — 1 month ago with 111 notes
    #noam chomsky  #chomsky