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    "We are offered to watch a string of empty-minded shows that are designed as entertainment but function to distract people from understanding their real problems or identifying the sources of their problems. Instead, those mindless shows socialize the viewer to become a passive consumer. One way to deal with an unfulfilled life is to buy more and more stuff. The shows exploit people’s emotional needs and keep them disconnceted from the needs of others. As public spaces are more and more dismantled, schools and the relatively few public spaces left work to make people good consumers."
    Noam Chomsky, Beyond a domesticating education: A dialogue with Donaldo Macedo in On Miseducation (1992)

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    — 7 hours ago with 100 notes
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    “The number of people killed by the sanctions in Iraq is greater than the total number of people killed by all weapons of mass destruction in all of history.” 
    ― Noam Chomsky
    — 16 hours ago with 34 notes
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    "Under capitalism, we can’t have Democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist."
    ― Noam Chomsky
    — 16 hours ago with 41 notes
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    USA is a one party state

    — 1 week ago with 31 notes
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    "I am frankly surprised that there is even a debate. States are not moral agents. They are systems of power, which respond to the internal distribution of power. Human beings, however, are moral agents, and can impose significant constraints on the violence of their own states, particularly in societies that are more free. They may fail to do so; the international behavior of classical Athens was hardly delightful, to mention one case, and we need not speak of the examples of modern history. But they can do so, and often do. Of course, virtually every system of power describes itself as deeply humane and pursuing the highest values, and a primary task of elite intellectuals is to lead the chorus of self-acclaim, as they commonly do."
    Noam Chomsky

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    — 1 week ago with 66 notes
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    "If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long."
    Noam Chomsky
    — 1 week ago with 37 notes
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    "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."
    Noam Chomsky

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    — 2 weeks ago with 79 notes
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    "As we have stressed in this book, the U.S. media do not function in the matter of the propaganda system of a totalitarian state. Rather, they permit – indeed, encourage – spirited debate, criticism, and dissent, as long as these remain faithfully within the system of presuppositions and principles that constitute an elite consensus, a system so powerful as to be internalized largely without awareness."
    — 2 weeks ago with 79 notes
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    "In the propaganda framework, the security forces of client states ‘protect elections’; only those of enemy states interfere with the freedom of its citizens to vote without constraint."
    Manufacturing consent - Noam Chomsky 
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    "A propaganda system will consistently portray people abused in enemy states as worthy victims, whereas those treated with equal or greater severity by its own government or clients will be unworthy."
    Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky 
    — 2 weeks ago with 110 notes
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