…corporations are fundamentally illegitimate, …they don’t have to exist at all in their modern form. Just as other oppressive institutions – slavery, say, or royalty – have been changed or eliminated, so corporate power can be changed of eliminated.
More quotes by Noam Chomsky
What is called ‘capitalism’ is basically a system of corporate mercantilism, with huge and largely unaccountable private tyrannies exercising vast control over the economy, political systems, and social and cultural life, operating in close co-operation with powerful states…
To escape the impact of a well-functioning system of propaganda that bars dissent and unwanted fact while fostering lively debate within the permitted bounds is remarkably difficult.
The 2014 IPCC report reaffirms that the “vast majority” of known fuel reserves must be left in the ground to avert intolerable risks to future generations. Meanwhile the major energy corporations make no secret of their goal of exploiting these reserves and discovering new ones.
It’s very important for institutions of concentrated power to keep people alone and isolated: that way they’re ineffective, they can’t defend themselves against indoctrination, they can’t even figure out what they think.
More quotes about Politics
It is a waste of time and a pointless pursuit to speak truth to Henry Kissinger, or the CEO of General Motors, or others who exercise power in coercive institutions — truths that they already know well enough, for the most part.
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
When the people are invested with the supreme authority they discover a multitude of wants… to satisfy these exigencies recourse must be had to the coffers of the state.
If wall street can borrow money at 0.75% interest, so can college students. We need to stop treating students as profit centers.
The government of the world I live in was not framed, like that of Britain, in after-dinner conversations over the wine.
There will come a day, I promise you, when the thought of your son, or daughter, or your wife or your husband, brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. It will happen. My prayer for you is that day will come sooner than later.
A figure who receives money from abroad for his political work, and thus serves some foreign interest, cannot be a politician in Russia.
…the media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly.
The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA-infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great – but must suffer the consequences!
Demographics aren’t destiny. Our culture isn’t the work of one race or religion. To suggest otherwise is to contradict our ideals and to doubt their power.
I’m eternally grateful to fate and the citizens of Russia that they’ve trusted me to be the head of the Russian government.
As his vice president for eight years, I learned more from Ronald Reagan than from anyone I encountered in all my years of public life.