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Noam Chomsky
December 7, 1928 -
Nationality: American
Category: Activist
Subcategory: American Activist

The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control - "indoctrination," we might say - exercised through the mass media.


States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.


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.


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.


Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.


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


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


Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.


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