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Noam Chomsky (born 7 December 1928) is an American professor of linguistics, anarchist, human rights activist, socialist and political analyst.

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1. “There are significant strategic interests [in Oceania], and there's a lot of stuff going on that's important. Not just the United States. For example, France is doing some really vicious things there, in fact they're just wiping out islands because they want them for nuclear tests. And when the socialist government in France is asked, ‘Why to do this?’, they say, ‘Well look, we have to have nuclear tests.’ Well, if you have to have nuclear tests, why not have them in southern France? [audience laughter] Why have them in some island in the Pacific? Well, the answer to that is clear, after all they're just a bunch of little brown people or something. But you can't say that exactly, especially if you're a socialist, so something else is said.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s Talk at UC Berkeley on the massacres in Indonesia and East Timor, 1982; Republished at "Program Information: Chomsky on Indonesia and E. Timor, 1982" at radio4all.net, accessed May 23, 2014.

2. “I don’t even know what an atheist is. When people ask me if I’m an atheist, I have to ask them what they mean. What is it that I’m supposed to not believe in? Until you can answer that question I can’t tell you whether I’m an atheist, and the question doesn’t arise. [...] I don’t see how one can be an agnostic when one doesn’t know what it is that one is supposed to believe in, or reject.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: Science in the Dock (2011), (March 1, 2006), 2, publisher: Chomsky.info, retrieved: August 16, 2011

3. “There is a history of Christianity: the first three centuries of Christianity; it was a radical pacifist religion, which is why it was persecuted, it was the religion of the poor and the suffering, and Jesus was the symbol of the poor and the suffering, [that's where's the crossroads]... In the fourth century, it was taken over by the Roman Empire; emperor Constantine, he turned the church into the religion of the persecutors...”

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Source: Chomsky on Religion (2010).

4. “Roughly speaking, I think it's accurate to say that a corporate elite of managers and owners governs the economy and the political system as well, at least in very large measure. The people, so-called, do exercise an occasional choice among those who Marx once called ‘the rival factions and adventurers of the ruling class.’”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1970s, Government in the Future, 1970: "Two conceptions of social organization (February 16, 1970)," republished in Noam Chomsky, ‎Carlos Peregrín Otero (2003) Chomsky on Democracy and Education, : Talk titled "Government in the Future" at the Poetry Center of the New York YM-YWHA, February 16, 1970. p. 146.

5. “Rereading this review after eight years, I find little of substance that I would change if I were to write it today. I am not aware of any theoretical or experimental work that challenges its conclusions; nor, so far as I know, has there been any attempt to meet the criticisms that are raised in the review or to show that they are erroneous or ill-founded.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1960s "A Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior," in Leon A. Jakobovits and Murray S. Miron (eds.), Readings in the Psychology of Language, Prentice-Hall, 1967, pp. 142-143.

6. “That the Obama phenomenon is of considerable significance in American social and political history should hardly be in doubt. But what exactly is it, and where might it lead? This lucid and penetrating book situates it firmly within the ‘corporate-dominated and militaristic U.S. elections system and political culture,’ explores in depth its substantive content and its limits, and draws valuable lessons about how these might be transcended in the unending struggle to achieve a more just and free society and a peaceful world. It is a very welcome contribution in complex and troubled times.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2000s, 2007-09 In "Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics" by Paul Street http://www.paradigmpublishers.com/books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=186987, 2008.

7. “Even those who are familiar with the grim reality of the occupied territories will quickly be drawn into a world they had barely imagined by these vivid, searingly honest, intensely acute portrayals.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2000s, 2007-09 In "Witness in Palestine" by Anna Baltzer http://www.paradigmpublishers.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=168002, 2007.

8. “Obama's now conducting the world's greatest international terrorist campaign – the drones and special forces campaign. It's also a terror-generating campaign. The common understanding at the highest level [is] that these actions generate potential terrorists. I'll quote General Stanley McChrystal, Petraeus' predecessor. He says that ‘for every innocent person you kill’, and there are plenty of them, ‘you create ten new enemies’.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2010s, 2013, Speech at DW Global Media Forum: Speech at DW Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany http://www.salon.com/2013/08/17/chomsky_the_u_s_behaves_nothing_like_a_democracy/

9. “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999, The Common Good (1998): Noam Chomsky (1988) The Common Good. Odonian Press (Experts at thirdworldtraveler.com).

10. “If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994 Talk at St. Michael's College, Vermont, around 1990 http://www.chomsky.info/talks/1990----.htm.

11. “The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Z Magazine, May 1998 http://www.chomsky.info/articles/199805--.htm.

12. “For those who stubbornly seek freedom around the world, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the propaganda system to which we are subjected and in which all too often we serve as unwilling or unwitting instruments.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s Propaganda Review, 1987 http://www.zpub.com/un/chomsky.html.

13. “...the point of public relations slogans like ‘Support Our Troops’ is that they don't mean anything [...] that's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody is going to be against and I suppose everybody will be for, because nobody knows what it means, because it doesn't mean anything. But its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something, do you support our policy? And that's the one you're not allowed to talk about.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994 Interview on WBAI, January 1992 http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/interviews/9201-propaganda.html.

14. “Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a ‘war against terrorism.’”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 9-11, 2001 http://indymedia.org.nz/usermedia/application/2/9-11.pdf

15. “The dominant propaganda systems have appropriated the term ‘globalization’ to refer to the specific version of international economic integration that they favor, which privileges the rights of investors and lenders, those of people being incidental. In accord with this usage, those who favor a different form of international integration, which privileges the rights of human beings, become ‘anti-globalist.’ This is simply vulgar propaganda, like the term ‘anti-Soviet’ used by the most disgusting commissars to refer to dissidents. It is not only vulgar, but idiotic. Take the World Social Forum, called ‘anti-globalization’ in the propaganda system -- which happens to include the media, the educated classes, etc., with rare exceptions. The WSF is a paradigm example of globalization. It is a gathering of huge numbers of people from all over the world, from just about every corner of life one can think of, apart from the extremely narrow, highly privileged elites who meet at the competing World Economic Forum, and are called ‘pro-globalization’ by the propaganda system. An observer watching this farce from Mars would collapse in hysterical laughter at the antics of the educated classes.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: Interview by Sniježana Matejčić, June 2005 http://www.galerija-rigo.hr/05/chomsky_en_2.htm.

16. “If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don't like. Goebbels was in favor of freedom of speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you're in favor of freedom of speech, that means you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 1992: In Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 1992.

17. “We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush's compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: "Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death", Guernica, 6 May 2011.

18. “The consistent anarchist, then, should be a socialist, but a socialist of a particular sort. He will not only oppose alienated and specialized labor and look forward to the appropriation of capital by the whole body of workers, but he will also insist that this appropriation be direct, not exercised by some elite force acting in the name of the proletariat.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1970s "Notes on Anarchism," in: Daniel Guérin Anarchism: From Theory to Practice, 1970.

19. “Jesus himself, and most of the message of the Gospels, is a message of service to the poor, a critique of the rich and the powerful, and a pacifist doctrine. And it remained that way, that’s what Christianity was up... until Constantine. Constantine shifted it so the cross, which was the symbol of persecution of somebody working for the poor, was put on the shield of the Roman Empire. It became the symbol for violence and oppression, and that’s pretty much what the church has been until the present. In fact, it’s quite striking in recent years, elements of the church, in particular the Latin American bishops, but not only them, tried to go back to the Gospels.”

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Source: Science in the Dock, Discussion with Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Krauss & Sean M. Carroll, Science & Technology News, March 1, 2006.

20. “It is the fundamental duty of the citizen to resist and to restrain the violence of the state. Those who choose to disregard this responsibility can justly be accused of complicity in war crimes, which is itself designated as ‘a crime under international law’ in the principles of the Charter of Nuremberg.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1970s Noam Chomsky, in John Duffett International War Crimes Tribunal :Against the Crime of Silence: Proceedings. Simon and Schuster, 1970. p. xxiv; Republished at Foreword in chomsky.info, accessed May 23, 2014.

21. “In the American Jewish community, there is little willingness to face the fact that the Palestinian Arabs have suffered a monstrous historical injustice, whatever one may think of the competing claims. Until this is recognized, discussion of the Middle East crisis cannot even begin.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1970s Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood, 1974, p. 54.

22. “In certain intellectual circles in France, the very basis for discussion—a minimal respect for facts and logic—has been virtually abandoned.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s Noam Chomsky interviewed by an anonymous interviewer, October 26, 1981; Published in: "The Treachery of the Intelligentsia: A French Travesty " in C. P. Otero (ed.), Language and Politics, Black Rose, 1988, pp. 312-323.

23. “Cuba has probably been the target of more international terrorism than the rest of the world combined and, therefore, in the American ideological system it is regarded as the source of international terrorism, exactly as Orwell would have predicted.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s Talk titled "American Foreign Policy" at Harvard University, March 19, 1985; Republished at chomsky.info/talks, accessed May 23, 2014.

24. “Pointing to the massive amounts of propaganda spewed by government and institutions around the world, observers have called our era the age of Orwell. But the fact is that Orwell was a latecomer on the scene. As early as World War I, American historians offered themselves to President Woodrow Wilson to carry out a task they called ‘historical engineering,’ by which they meant designing the facts of history so that they would serve state policy. In this instance, the U.S. government wanted to silence opposition to the war. This represents a version of Orwell's 1984, even before Orwell was writing.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s in: Wendy McElroy, ‎Carl Watner (1987) The Voluntaryist, Nr. 23-41 (1987), p. 120; Republished in: "Propaganda Review, 1987," at zpub.com, accessed May 23, 2014.

25. “...sectors of the doctrinal system serve to divert the unwashed masses and reinforce the basic social values: passivity, submissiveness to authority, the overriding virtue of greed and personal gain, lack of concern for others, fear of real or imagined enemies, etc. The goal is to keep the bewildered herd bewildered. It's unnecessary for them to trouble themselves with what's happening in the world. In fact, it's undesirable -- if they see too much of reality they may set themselves to change it.”

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994 What Uncle Sam Really Wants, 1993 http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/sam/sam-3-5.html.

26. “States are violent institutions. The government of any country, including ours, represents some sort of domestic power structure, and it's usually violent. States are violent to the extent that they're powerful, that's roughly accurate.”

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 1992: In Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 1992.

27. “Mass education was designed to turn independent farmers into docile, passive tools of production. That was its primary purpose. And don't think people didn't know it. They knew it and they fought against it. There was a lot of resistance to mass education for exactly that reason. It was also understood by the elites. Emerson once said something about how we're educating them to keep them from our throats. If you don't educate them, what we call ‘education,’ they're going to take control -- ‘they’ being what Alexander Hamilton called the ‘great beast,’ namely the people. The anti-democratic thrust of opinion in what are called democratic societies is really ferocious. And for good reason. Because the freer the society gets, the more dangerous the great beast becomes and the more you have to be careful to cage it somehow.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999, Class Warfare, 1995: Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian (1996), Class Warfare: Interviews with David Barsamian. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press. (Excerpted on chomsky.info).

28. “I think we can be reasonably confident that if the American population had the slightest idea of what is being done in their name, they would be utterly appalled.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: Interview by Svetlana Vukovic & Svetlana Lukic on Radio B92, Belgrade, Serbia, September 19, 2001 http://www.b92.net/intervju/eng/2001/0919-chomsky.phtml.

29. “Remember, the U.S. is a powerful state, it's not like Libya. If Libya wants to carry out terrorist acts, they hire Carlos the Jackal or something. The United States hires terrorist states.”

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Source: Talk titled "Distorted Morality" at Harvard University, February 2002 http://www.chomsky.info/talks/200202--02.htm.

30. “I mentioned the Magna Carta. That’s the foundations of modern law. We will soon be commemorating the 800th anniversary. We won’t be celebrating it – more likely interring what little is left of its bones after the flesh has been picked off by Bush and Obama and their colleagues in Europe.”

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Source: 2010s, 2013, Speech at DW Global Media Forum: Speech at DW Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany http://www.salon.com/2013/08/17/chomsky_the_u_s_behaves_nothing_like_a_democracy/

31. “I would feel no hesitation in saying that it is the responsibility of a decent human being to give assistance to a child who is being attacked by a rabid dog, but I would not intend this to imply that in all imaginable circumstances one must, necessarily, act in accordance with this general responsibility. One can easily concoct imaginary situations in which it would be inadvisable, even immoral to do so [...] [I will not defend] the assumption that it is reprehensible for a powerful nation to invade a weak and tiny neighbor in order to impose on it an ‘acceptable’ government [...] just as I would not take the trouble to justify my belief that one should assist a child being attacked by a rabid dog.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1960s The Responsibility of Intellectuals: Arthur Dorfman, reply by Noam Chomsky, New York Review of Books, April 20, 1967.

32. “American Power and the New Mandarins, The New Press, 1969.”

—Noam Chomsky

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33. “The war is simply an obscenity, a depraved act by weak and miserable men, including all of us who have allowed it to go on and on with endless fury and destruction - all of us who would have remained silent, had stability and order been secured.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1960s, American Power and the New Mandarins, 1969

34. “What can one say about a country where a museum of science in a great city can feature an exhibit in which people fire machine guns from a helicopter at Vietnamese huts, with a light flashing when a hit is scored? What can one say about a country where such an idea can even be considered? You have to weep for this country. [...] To me it seems that what is needed is a kind of denazification.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1960s, American Power and the New Mandarins, 1969

35. “If we try to keep a sense of balance, the exposures of the past several months are analogous to the discovery that the directors of Murder, Inc. were also cheating on their income tax. Reprehensible, to be sure, but hardly the main point.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1970s "Watergate: A Skeptical View," New York Review of Books, September 20, 1973.

36. “Unfortunately, you can't vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1970s, Government in the Future, 1970: "Two conceptions of social organization (February 16, 1970)," republished in Noam Chomsky, ‎Carlos Peregrín Otero (2003) Chomsky on Democracy and Education, : Talk titled "Government in the Future" at the Poetry Center of the New York YM-YWHA, February 16, 1970. p. 140.

37. “The Cold War ideology and the international communist conspiracy function in an important way as essentially a propaganda device to mobilize support at a particular historical moment for this long-time imperial enterprise. In fact, I believe that this is probably the main function of the Cold War: it serves as a useful device for the managers of American society and their counterparts in the Soviet Union to control their own populations and their own respective imperial systems.”

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38. “...roughly speaking, states are violent to the extent that they have the power to act in the interests of those with domestic power...”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s Noam Chomsky, letter dated June 13, 1983. Published in: "The reasons for my concern: Response to Celia Jakubowicz," in C. P. Otero (ed.), Language and Politics, Black Rose, 1988, pp. 369-72.

39. “The uniformity and obedience of the media, which any dictator would admire, [...]”

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Source and Related Info: 1960s-1980s, 1980s Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace, 1985, p. 275
• Commonly rephrased as: "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the [U.S.] media."

40. “Israel is an embattled country. They rely very heavily on U.S. support. So they have developed a very sophisticated system of propaganda. They don't call it propaganda. They call it hasbarah. It is the only country I know of in the world that refers to propaganda as explanation. The Ministry of Propaganda is the Ministry of Explanation. The idea being that our position on everything is so obviously correct that if we only explain it to people, they will see that it is right.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s Interview by Burton Levine in Shmate: A Journal of Progressive Jewish Thought, May 1988 http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/198805--.htm.

41. “During the 1960s, large groups of people who are normally passive and apathetic began to try to enter the political arena to press their demands.… The naive might call that democracy, but that's because they don't understand. The sophisticated understand that that's the crisis of democracy.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s Manufacturing Consent, lecture at the University of Wisconsin (15 March 1989) http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.com/2010/08/noam-chomsky-on-manufacturing-consent.html.

42. “Non-violent resistance activities cannot succeed against an enemy that is able freely to use violence. That's pretty obvious. You can't have non-violent resistance against the Nazis in a concentration camp, to take an extreme case...”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s Chronicles of Dissent, December 13, 1989 http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/interviews/db-8912.html

43. “We take for granted that the organism does not learn to grow arms or to reach puberty... When we turn to the mind and its products, the situation is not qualitatively different from what we find in the case of the body.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s, Rules and Representations (1980): Chomsky (1980), "Rules And Representations," The Behavorial and Brain Sciences, 3:1-15. p. 2-3 as cited in: Jerry Fodor (1983) Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology. p. 4.

44. “Intrinsic (psychological) structure is rich . . . and diverse.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s, Rules and Representations (1980): Chomsky (1980), "Rules And Representations," The Behavorial and Brain Sciences, 3:1-15. p. 3 as cited in: Jerry Fodor (1983).

45. “[This view is contrasted with all forms of Empiricism, by which it is] assumed that development is uniform across (cognitive) domains, and that the intrinsic properties of the initial state (of the mind) are homogeneous and undifferentiated - an assumption found across a spectrum reaching from Skinner to Piaget (who differ on much else).”

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46. “We may usefully think of the language faculty, the number faculty, and others as 'mental organs,' analogous to the heart or the visual system or the system of motor coordination and planning. There appears to be no clear demarcation line between physical organs, perceptual and motor systems and cognitive faculties in the respects in question.”

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47. “We have a big argument here about whether Nicaragua and Cuba are sending arms to El Salvador. Well, I don't know, so far there's no evidence that they are, but that's not really the interesting question. I mean, you gotta watch the way questions are framed by the propaganda system. The way it's framed is, the doves say they're not sending arms, and the hawks say they are sending arms. But the real question, which is being suppressed in all of this, is, ‘Should they be sending arms?’ And the answer is of course, ‘Yes.’ [applause] Everybody should be sending arms. You see, that question is not raised, just as if somebody was talking in, say, the Soviet Union, and the question came up: ‘Should somebody send arms to Afghan rebels?’ Well, of course not. You know, that's terrorism or something like that. The point is that it's perfectly legitimate to send arms to people who finally try to use violence in self-defense against a gang of mass murderers installed by a foreign power. Of course it's legitimate to send them arms.”

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Source: 1960s-1980s, 1980s, Talk at University of California, Berkeley, 1984: Talk at UC Berkeley on U.S. foreign policy in Central America, May 14, 1984 http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/audiofiles.html#chomsky1

48. “When the state says, ‘Whip up hysteria against the evil empire,’ everybody starts yelling, jumping up and down, and screaming about the evil empire… See, if it happened in, say, Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, we know how they pulled it off. Namely, an order came from the Ministry of Truth, and everybody had to obey it. Now that didn't happen here. Here it happened in the way American propaganda always works: by servility and cowardice and class interest.”

—Noam Chomsky

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49. “There's nothing nice that you can say about any of [the Arab countries]. Syria, for example, is one of the most violent terrorist regimes in the world. But it doesn't happen to be aggressive. Maybe it would like to be, but it isn't. For objective reasons. There's virtually no correlation between the internal nature of some country and its commitment to external violence. And I think if you look back over history you'll never find a correlation, back to the Greeks.”

—Noam Chomsky

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50. “A lot of the people who call themselves Left I would regard as proto-fascists.”

—Noam Chomsky

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51. “Of course, everybody says they're for peace. Hitler was for peace. Everybody is for peace. The question is: ‘What kind of peace?’”

—Noam Chomsky

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52. “Strikingly, no concern was voiced over the glaringly obvious fact that no official reason was ever offered for going to war -- no reason, that is, that could not be instantly refuted by a literate teenager.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994 Z Magazine, May 1991 http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/articles/z9105-what-we-say.html.

53. “Harold Laswell … explained a couple of years after this in the early 1930s that we should not succumb to what he called democratic dogmatisms about men being the best judges of their own interests.… In what's nowadays called a totalitarian state, military state or something, it's easy. You just hold a bludgeon over their heads, but as societies become more free and democratic you lose that capacity and therefore you have to turn to the techniques of propaganda. The logic is clear—propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state….”

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994 Interview on WBAI, January 1992 http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/199201--.htm.

54. “If we don't believe in free expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994 Interview by John Pilger on BBC's The Late Show, November 25, 1992 http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/14177.htm.

55. “One might ask why tobacco is legal and marijuana not. A possible answer is suggested by the nature of the crop. Marijuana can be grown almost anywhere, with little difficulty. It might not be easily marketable by major corporations. Tobacco is quite another story.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994 Deterring Democracy, 1992 http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/dd/dd-c04-s05.html.

56. “Reactions to our adversity are not entirely uniform. At the dovish extreme, we find Senator John Kerry, who warns that we should never again fight a war ‘without committing enough resources to win’; no other flaw is mentioned. And there is President Carter, the noted moral teacher and human rights apostle, who assured us that we owe Vietnam no debt and have no responsibility to render it any assistance because ‘the destruction was mutual,’ an observation so uncontroversial as to pass with no reaction. [...] Properly statesmanlike, President Bush announces that ‘It was a bitter conflict, but Hanoi knows today that we seek only answers without the threat of retribution for the past.’ Their crimes against us can never be forgotten, but ‘we can begin writing the last chapter of the Vietnam war’ if they dedicate themselves with sufficient zeal to the MIAs. We might even ‘begin helping the Vietnamese find and identify their own combatants missing in action,’ [New York Times Asia correspondent] Crossette reports. The adjacent front-page story reports Japan's failure, once again, to ‘unambiguously’ accept the blame ‘for its wartime aggression.’”

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994 Year 501, 1993 http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/year/year-c10-s07.html.

57. “Independent nationalism is unacceptable to the West, no matter where it is, and it has to be driven back into subordination. In the case of Grenada, you can do it in a weekend; in the case of the Soviet Union it may take 70 years. But these are matters of scale, the logic is essentially the same.”

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994 Forum with John Pilger and Harold Pinter in Islington, London, May 1994 http://www.redpepper.org.uk/cularch/xalmeida.html.

58. “There is a noticeable general difference between the sciences and mathematics on the one hand, and the humanities and social sciences on the other. It's a first approximation, but one that is real. In the former, the factors of integrity tend to dominate more over the factors of ideology. It's not that scientists are more honest people. It's just that nature is a harsh taskmaster. You can lie or distort the story of the French Revolution as long as you like, and nothing will happen. Propose a false theory in chemistry, and it'll be refuted tomorrow.”

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994, Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent, 1992: In Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent, March 31, 1995 http://cognet.mit.edu/library/books/chomsky/chomsky/4/14.html.

59. “I never criticized United States planners for mistakes in Vietnam. True, they made some mistakes, but my criticism was always aimed at what they aimed to do and largely achieved. The Russians doubtless made mistakes in Afghanistan, but my condemnation of their aggression and atrocities never mentioned those mistakes, which are irrelevant to the matter -- though not for the commissars. Within our ideological system, it is impossible to perceive that anyone might criticize anything but ‘mistakes’ (I suspect that totalitarian Russia was more open in that regard).”

—Noam Chomsky

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60. “Nothing should be done to impede people from teaching and doing their research even if at that very moment it was being used to massacre and destroy. [...] the radical students and I wanted to keep the labs on campus, on the principle that what is going to be going on anyway ought to be open and above board, so that people would know what is happening and act accordingly.”

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994, Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent, 1992: In Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent, March 31, 1995 http://cognet.mit.edu/library/books/chomsky/chomsky/4/14.html. referring to 1969 http://cognet.mit.edu/library/books/chomsky/chomsky/4/11.html

61. “Going back years, I am absolutely certain that I have taken far more extreme positions on people who deny the Holocaust than you have...Even to enter into the arena of debate on whether the Nazis carried out such atrocities is already to lose one's humanity.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1990-1994, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 1992: In Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 1992.

62. “Ricardo's ‘science’ was founded on the principle that capital is more or less immobile and labor highly mobile. We are enjoined today to worship the consequences of Ricardo's science, despite the fact that the assumptions on which they are based have been reversed: capital is highly mobile, and labor virtually immobile -- libertarian conservatives lead the way in rejecting Adam Smith's principle that ‘free circulation of labor’ is a cornerstone of free trade, in keeping with their contempt for markets (except for the weak).”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Z Magazine, February 1995 http://www.chomsky.info/articles/199505--.htm.

63. “I don't say you're self-censoring - I'm sure you believe everything you're saying; but what I'm saying is, if you believed something different, you wouldn't be sitting where you're sitting.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Interview by Andrew Marr on BBC2, February 14, 1996 http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/interviews/9602-big-idea.html.

64. “Reform is a word you always ought to watch out for. Like, when Mao started the Cultural Revolution it wasn't called a reform. Reform is a change that you're supposed to like. So as soon as you hear the word reform you can reach for your wallet and see who's lifting it. [...] Subsidy is another interesting word, kind of like reform. It's a subsidy if public funds are used for public purposes. That's called a subsidy. It's not called a subsidy when it goes to private wealth. That's reform or something.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Talk titled "Free Market Fantasies" at Harvard University, April 13, 1996 http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/audio/fmf.html.

65. “‘Tough love’ is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Powers and Prospects, 1996 http://www.cat.org.au/vof/versions/goals.htm.

66. “There are no conservatives in the United States. The United States does not have a conservative tradition. The people who call themselves conservatives, like the Heritage Foundation or Gingrich, are believers in -- are radical statists. They believe in a powerful state, but a welfare state for the rich.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Interview by Ira Shorr, February 11, 1996 http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/19960211.htm.

67. “The question of whether a computer is playing chess, or doing long division, or translating Chinese, is like the question of whether robots can murder or airplanes can fly -- or people; after all, the ‘flight’ of the Olympic long jump champion is only an order of magnitude short of that of the chicken champion (so I'm told). These are questions of decision, not fact; decision as to whether to adopt a certain metaphoric extension of common usage.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Powers and Prospects, 1996 http://www.illuminaticonspiracy.org/files/books/PowersandProspects.pdf.

68. “If Hitler had been a crook... We're very fortunate in the United States, we've never had a charismatic leader who weren't a gangster. Every one of them was a thug, or a robber, or something. Which is fine, then they don't cause a lot of trouble. If you get one who's honest, like Hitler, then you're in trouble - they just want power.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Interview by Matthew Rothschild, 1997 http://www.freespeech.org/fscm2/contentviewer.php?content_id=727

69. “A lot of sophistication has been developed about the utilization of machines for complex purposes, and it doesn't make sense not to use it if you can think of a good question to ask. Playing chess is about the dumbest question you can ask. But, if you want, maybe can make money that way, or something. In fact, what's going on with the chess is about as interesting as the fact that a front-end loader can lift more than an Olympics champion, weight lifter, or something. Probably so, but, you know, these are just not serious questions.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Talk titled "Language & Mind", 1997.

70. “No individual gets up and says, I'm going to take this because I want it. He'd say, I'm going to take it because it really belongs to me and it would be better for everyone if I had it. It's true of children fighting over toys. And it's true of governments going to war. Nobody is ever involved in an aggressive war; it's always a defensive war -- on both sides.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Interview by Tor Wennerberg, November 1998 http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/199811--.htm.

71. “The U.S. has always insisted on its right to use force, whatever international law requires, and whatever international institutions decide.… The U.S., of course, is not alone in these practices. Other states commonly act in much the same way, if not constrained by external or internal forces.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 PBS, March 12, 1998 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/forum/march98/intervention_3-12.html.

72. “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 administered 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.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Profit Over People (1999).

73. “Because they don't teach the truth about the world, schools have to rely on beating students over the head with propaganda about democracy. If schools were, in reality, democratic, there would be no need to bombard students with platitudes about democracy. They would simply act and behave democratically, and we know this does not happen. The more there is a need to talk about the ideals of democracy, the less democratic the system usually is.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Chomsky on Miseducation, 1999 http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~rgibson/rouge_forum/newspaper/fall2001/Chomsky.htm.

74. “Let me just put the whole thing in a kind of mundane level. Like, suppose you walk out in the street, this evening, and you see a crime being committed, you know, somebody is robbing someone else. Well, you have three choices. One choice is to try to stop it, maybe you call 911 or something. Another choice is to do nothing. A third choice is to pick up an assault rifle and kill 'em both, and kill a bystander at the same time. Well, suppose you do that, and somebody says, ‘Well, you know, why did you do that?’ And you say, ‘Look, I couldn't stand by and do nothing.’ I mean, is that a response? If you can think of nothing that wouldn't do harm, then do nothing. And the same is true, magnified, in international affairs. Apart from the fact that there were things that could have been done.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Panel with Edward Said at Columbia University, New York, April 1999 http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/04/07/042214

75. “If the principle is, ‘Let's not get lethal substances out to the public’, the first one you'd go after is tobacco. The next one you'd go after is alcohol. Way down the list you'd get to cocaine, and sort of invisibly low you'd get to marijuana.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999 Dialogue with trade unionists, February 2, 1999 http://zpedia.org/Chomsky_on_pot.

76. “Very commonly substances are criminalized because they're associated with what's called the dangerous classes, you know, poor people, or working people.… Actually, the peak of marijuana use was as I said, in the seventies, but that was rich kids, so you don't throw them in jail. And then it got seriously criminalized, you know, you really throw people in jail for it, when it was poor people.”

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77. “The criticisms were so tepid they were embarrassing. Almost nobody, including me, dared to criticize the U.S. attack on South Vietnam. That's like talking Hittite. Nobody even understood the words.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999, Class Warfare, 1995: Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian (1996), Class Warfare: Interviews with David Barsamian. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press. (Excerpted on chomsky.info).

78. “Thomas Jefferson, the leading Enlightenment figure in the United States, along with Benjamin Franklin, who took exactly the same view, argued that dependence will lead to ‘subservience and venality’, and will ‘suffocate[s] the germs of virtue’. And remember, by dependence he meant wage labor, which was considered an abomination under classical liberal principles.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999, Education and Democracy, 1995: Talk titled "Education and Democracy" at Michigan State University, March 28, 1995.

79. “Newt Gingrich … quite demonstrably is the leading welfare freak in the country.… His own district in Cobb County Georgia gets more federal subsidies than any suburban county in the country, outside of the federal system itself.”

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80. “The doves are pleased that [Robert McNamara] finally concedes that ‘our blundering efforts to do good’ turned into a ‘dangerous mistake,’ as Anthony Lewis put the matter long after corporate America had determined that the game was not worth the candle. As the doves had by then come to recognize, although we had pursued aims that were ‘noble’ and ‘motivated by the loftiest intentions,’ they were nevertheless ‘illusory’ and it ended up as a ‘failed crusade’ (Stanley Karnow). McNamara has now ‘paid his debt,’ Theodore Draper writes in the New York Review, finally recognizing that ‘The Vietnam War peculiarly demanded a hardheaded assessment of what it was worth in the national interest of the United States,’ just as the invasion of Afghanistan ‘peculiarly demanded’ such an assessment in the Kremlin. Draper is outraged by the ‘vitriolic and protracted campaign’ against McNamara by the New York Times. ‘The case against McNamara largely hinges on the premise that he did not express his doubts’ about ‘whether American troops should continue to die’ early on, but the Times did not either (though Draper did, he proudly reminds us). Could there be another question?”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999, Z Magazine, July 1995: Z Magazine, July 1995

81. “The responsibility of the writer as a moral agent is to try to bring the truth about matters of human significance to an audience that can do something about them.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999, Powers and Prospects (1996): Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order. London: Pluto, 1996. p. 56.

82. “The most extreme types, like Murray Rothbard, are at least honest. They'd like to eliminate highway taxes because they force you to pay for a road you may never drive on. As an alternative, they suggest that if you and I want to get somewhere, we should build a road there and charge people tolls on it. Just try generalizing that. Such a society couldn't survive, and even if it could, it would be so full of terror and hate that any human being would prefer to live in hell.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999, The Common Good (1998): Noam Chomsky (1988) The Common Good. Odonian Press (Experts at thirdworldtraveler.com).

83. “...the incompetence of intelligence agencies is legendary.… Just take Vietnam.… In the late 1940s, the United States was kind of unclear about which side to support.… In the case of Indochina, for whatever reason, they decided at one point to support France in it's reconquest of Indochina. Well, at that point, essentially orders went to the U.S. intelligence communities, CIA and others, to demonstrate … that Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh were agents of either the Russians or the Chinese.… They couldn't do it. They couldn't find anything.… The conclusion in the State Department was, ‘OK, this proves that they're agents of the international communist conspiracy. Ho Chi Minh is such a loyal slave of’—pick it, Mao or Stalin—‘that he doesn't even need orders.’.”

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Source: 1990s, 1995-1999, Sovereignty and World Order, 1999: Talk titled "Sovereignty and World Order" at Kansas State University, September 20, 1999.

84. “Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 with the intention of destroying secular Palestinian nationalism.… OK, they did destroy the secular PLO and instead what they got was an Islamic fundamentalist movement that they couldn't control, that drove them out of most of Lebanon. What did they do next? They did exactly the same thing in the West Bank.”

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85. “Stability means we run it. There are countries that are very stable. Cuba is stable, but that’s not called stability.”

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Source: Interview by Hugh Gusterson, November 2000 http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/2002----.pdf.

86. “The Ottoman Empire was an ugly affair, but they had the right idea. The rulers in Turkey were fortunately so corrupt that they left people alone pretty much -- were mostly interested in robbing them -- and they left them alone to run their own affairs, and their own regions and their own communities with a lot of local self determination.”

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Source: Talk titled "Prospects for Peace in the Middle East" at the University of Toledo, Ohio, March 4, 2001 http://www.chomsky.info/talks/20010304.htm.

87. “Right after September 11, the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Zoellick, said the first thing that had to be done to combat terrorism was to pass fast-track. Now that should really make Osama bin Laden tremble in his boots - that the President has Kremlin-style authority to sign economic agreements.”

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Source: Interview by V. K. Ramachandran in Frontline, November 11, 2001 http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/20011115.htm.

88. “It is only in folk tales, children's stories, and the journals of intellectual opinion that power is used wisely and well to destroy evil. The real world teaches very different lessons, and it takes willful and dedicated ignorance to fail to perceive them.”

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Source: Talk titled "The World After September 11th", AFSC Conference at Tufts University, Massachusetts, December 8, 2001 http://www.zmag.org/chomskyafter911.htm.

89. “Nothing can justify crimes such as those of September 11, but we can think of the United States as an ‘innocent victim’ only if we adopt the convenient path of ignoring the record of its actions and those of its allies, which are, after all, hardly a secret.”

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Source: 9-11, 2001 http://indymedia.org.nz/usermedia/application/2/9-11.pdf.

90. “The list of the states that have joined the coalition against terror is quite impressive. They have a characteristic in common. They are certainly among the leading terrorist states in the world. And they happen to be led by the world champion.”

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Source: 2000s, 2001, The New War Against Terror, 2001: Talk titled "The New War Against Terror" at MIT, October 18, 2001 http://web.mit.edu/tac/past/2001-2002/index.html.

91. “It was a historic event. Not unfortunately because of its scale. Unpleasant to think about, but in terms of the scale it’s not that unusual. I did say it’s the worst, probably the worst instant human toll of any crime. And that may be true. But there are terrorist crimes with effects a bit more drawn out that are more extreme, unfortunately. Nevertheless, it’s a historic event because there was a change. The change was the direction in which the guns were pointing. That’s new. Radically new.”

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Source: 2000s, 2001, The New War Against Terror, 2001: Talk titled "The New War Against Terror" at MIT, October 18, 2001 http://web.mit.edu/tac/past/2001-2002/index.html.

92. “What will happen we don’t know, but plans are being made and programs implemented on the assumption that they may lead to the death of several million people in the next couple of weeks. Very casually, with no comment, no particular thought about it, that’s just kind of normal, here, and in a good part of Europe.”

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93. “We cannot say much about human affairs with any confidence, but sometimes it is possible. We can, for example, be fairly confident that either there will be a world without war, or there won't be a world—at least, a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and beetles, with some scattering of others.”

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Source: Talk titled "A World Without War" at the 2nd World Social Forum, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 31, 2002 http://www.chomsky.info/talks/200202--.htm.

94. “Moral equivalence is a term of propaganda that was invented to try to prevent us from looking at the acts for which we are responsible. ...There is no such notion. There are many different dimensions and criteria. For example, there's no moral equivalence between the bombing of the World Trade Center and the destruction of Nicaragua or of El Salvador, of Guatemala. The latter were far worse, by any criterion. So there's no moral equivalence.”

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Source: Interview by Tim Sebastian on BBC NEWS, February 2, 2002 http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/20020227.htm.

95. “Prophet just means intellectual. They were people giving geopolitical analysis, moral lessons, that sort of thing. We call them intellectuals today. There were the people we honor as prophets, there were the people we condemn as false prophets. But if you look at the biblical record, at the time, it was the other way around. The flatterers of the Court of King Ahab were the ones who were honored. The ones we call prophets were driven into the desert and imprisoned.”

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Source: Interview by Harry Kreisler, March 22, 2002 http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people2/Chomsky/chomsky-con4.html.

96. “The Americans didn't even think about the outcome of the bombing, because the Sudanese were so far below contempt as to be not worth thinking about. Suppose I walk down the sidewalk in Cambridge and, without a second thought, step on an ant. That would mean that I regard the ant as beneath contempt, and that's morally worse than if I purposely killed that ant.”

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Source: Interview by Michael Powell in the Washington Post, May 5, 2002 http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A27441-2002May3

97. “I choose to live in what I think is the greatest country in the world, which is committing horrendous terrorist acts and should stop.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: Debate with Bill Bennett on CNN, May 30, 2002 http://www.radio4all.net/index.php?op=program-info&program_id=11118

98. “September 11 shocked many Americans into an awareness that they had better pay much closer attention to what the US government does in the world and how it is perceived. Many issues have been opened for discussion that were not on the agenda before. That's all to the good. It is also the merest sanity, if we hope to reduce the likelihood of future atrocities. It may be comforting to pretend that our enemies ‘hate our freedoms,’ as President Bush stated, but it is hardly wise to ignore the real world, which conveys different lessons. The president is not the first to ask: ‘Why do they hate us?’ In a staff discussion 44 years ago, President Eisenhower described ‘the campaign of hatred against us [in the Arab world], not by the governments but by the people’. His National Security Council outlined the basic reasons: the US supports corrupt and oppressive governments and is ‘opposing political or economic progress’ because of its interest in controlling the oil resources of the region. ...What they hate is official policies that deny them freedoms to which they aspire.”

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Source: The Guardian, September 9, 2002 http://www.chomsky.info/articles/20020909.htm.

99. “Armies usually aren’t interested in wars. They like preparation for war. But they have an understandable reluctance to fight a war. So I think if you look at, at least the history that I know, it’s usually the civilian leadership who is pushing the military to do something. It was the case in the early days of the Vietnam War.”

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Source: Interview by Hugh Gusterson, November 2000 http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/2002----.pdf.

100. “We certainly shouldn't trust to deal with [Saddam Hussein] anyone who supported him through his worst crimes, that's insane.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2000s, 2002, Talk at the University of Houston, 2002: Talk at the University of Houston, Texas, October 18, 2002 http://www.kpftx.org/archive.htm.

101. “Take any country that has laws against hate crimes, inspiring hatred and genocide and so on. The first thing they would do is ban the Old Testament. There's nothing like it in the literary canon that exalts genocide, to that extent. And it's not a joke either. Like where I live, New England, the people who liberated it from the native scourge were religious fundamentalist lunatics, who came waving the holy book, declaring themselves to be the children of Israel who are killing the Amalekites, like God told them.”

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Source: 2000s, 2002, Talk at the University of Houston, 2002: Talk at the University of Houston, Texas, October 18, 2002 http://www.kpftx.org/archive.htm.

102. “[Q: when do you think is it right to intervene in the affairs of another nation?] I think there are conditions under which that would be possible. One basic condition is that nonviolent -- you mean violent intervention? -- that nonviolent means have been exhausted. That's one condition. A second condition is that the people of the country in which you're intervening support the intervention. Under those conditions -- and you can think of others -- intervention would be justified. However, we don't ever apply those conditions.”

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Source: Interview by Francine Stock on BBC FOUR, January 2003 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGsTmcFxrYo&search=noam%20chomsky

103. “There's a good reason why nobody studies history. It just teaches you too much.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: KGNU benefit at the University of Colorado at Boulder, April 5, 2003 (context: João Goulart) http://www.freespeech.org/fsitv/fscm2/contentviewer.php?content_id=299

104. “Somebody's paying the corporations that destroyed Iraq and the corporations that are rebuilding it. They're getting paid by the American taxpayer in both cases. So we pay them to destroy the country, and then we pay them to rebuild it.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: Interview by David Barsamian on Alternative Radio, September 11, 2003 http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Imperialism_Neocolonialism/TellTruthImperialism_Chom.html.

105. “The US and Israel have demanded further that Palestinians not only recognize Israel's rights as a state in the international system, but that they also recognize Israel's abstract ‘right to exist,’ a concept that has no place in international law or diplomacy, and a right claimed by no one. In effect, the US and Israel are demanding that Palestinians not only recognize Israel in the normal fashion of interstate relations, but also formally accept the legitimacy of their expulsion from their own land. They cannot be expected to accept that, just as Mexico does not grant the US the ‘right to exist’ on half of Mexico's territory, gained by conquest.”

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Source: Interview by Sabahattin Atas, circa September 2003 (see also: Necessary Illusions) http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/200309--.htm.

106. “The whole question of recognizing the right of a state to exist was invented solely for Israel. People, on the other hand, have a right to exist. So the people who live on the land - Israelis and Palestinians - have a right to live in security and peace.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: Interview by Ahmed Nassef, April 29, 2004 http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2004/04/002223print.php

107. “On May 27, the New York Times published one of the most incredible sentences I’ve ever seen. They ran an article about the Nixon-Kissinger interchanges. Kissinger fought very hard through the courts to try to prevent it, but the courts permitted it. You read through it, and you see the following statement embedded in it. Nixon at one point informs Kissinger, his right-hand Eichmann, that he wanted bombing of Cambodia. And Kissinger loyally transmits the order to the Pentagon to carry out ‘a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. Anything that flies on anything that moves.’ That is the most explicit call for what we call genocide when other people do it that I’ve ever seen in the historical record. Right at this moment there is a prosecution of Milošević going on in the international tribunal, and the prosecutors are kind of hampered because they can’t find direct orders, or a direct connection even, linking Milošević to any atrocities on the ground. Suppose they found a statement like this. Suppose a document came out from Milošević saying, ‘Reduce Kosovo to rubble. Anything that flies on anything that moves.’ They would be overjoyed. The trial would be over. He would be sent away for multiple life sentences - if it was a U.S. trial, immediately the electric chair.”

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Source: Interview by David Barsamian on Alternative Radio, June 11, 2004 http://www.isreview.org/issues/37/chomsky.shtml

108. “Clinton, Kennedy, they all carried out mass murder, but they didn't think that that was what they were doing - nor does Bush. You know, they were defending justice and democracy from greater evils. And in fact I think you'd find it hard to discover a mass murderer in history who didn't think that.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2000s, 2004, Interview by Wallace Shawn, 2004

109. “The invasion of Iraq was simply a war crime. Straight-out war crime.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2000s, 2004, Interview by Bill Maher, 2004

110. “It’s certainly true that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein, and also without the people who supported him through his worst atrocities, and are now telling us about them.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2000s, 2004, 25th Anniversary of Coalition for Peace Action, 2004: 25th Anniversary of Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton, New Jersey, November 14, 2004 http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/11/15/1448219&mode=thread&tid=25

111. “I was very much involved in the resistance movement in the 1960's. In fact, I was just barely -- the only reason I missed a long jail sentence is because the Tet Offensive came along and the trials were called off.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2000s, 2004, 25th Anniversary of Coalition for Peace Action, 2004: 25th Anniversary of Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton, New Jersey, November 14, 2004 http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/11/15/1448219&mode=thread&tid=25

112. “The big debate in Washington is totally pointless. And the media, about whether Bush downgraded terror in order to invade Iraq. There's nothing to debate. He invaded Iraq. That proves beyond doubt that he downgraded the threat of terror in favor of invading Iraq. They anticipated, and their own intelligence agencies told them, and everyone else did too, that invasion of Iraq was likely to increase the threat of terror. It's not a high priority, so they invaded Iraq because that's much higher priority.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2000s, 2004, Talk at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, 2004: Talk at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York. November 16, 2004 http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/events/foreignpolicy/video.html.

113. “If there was anyone who actually fit the category of conservative, if there was such a category of people, they would have a very easy way to deal with the fact that 60% of the children under 2 [in Nicaragua] are suffering probable brain damage. Namely, by paying their debts. Simple conservative principle. But that's beyond unthinkable. Compassionate conservatives might want to go beyond that, if they existed. But they're much more interested in making political capital over the fact that a woman in a vegetative state shouldn't be allowed to die in dignity.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: Talk at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, March 22, 2005 http://www.ed.ac.uk/explore/video/chomsky.html.

114. “There's basically two principles that define the Bush Administration policies: stuff the pockets of your rich friends with dollars, and increase your control over the world. Almost everything follows from that. If you happen to blow up the world, well, you know, it's somebody else's business. Stuff happens, as Rumsfeld said.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: Interview by Geov Parrish, December 23, 2005 http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=20106.

115. “I think murdering Iraqi union leaders is criminal, for example. And a lot of what the insurgents have done is criminal. But, you know, you rank the priorities. Our priority is to stop major war crimes, like Fallujah for example. So yeah, what the resistance is doing, one can also criticize, harshly in fact. But in any kind of ranking, even if we're on Mars, and certainly if we're in the United States, what is vastly more important is our own crimes, which are much worse, and they're ours.”

—Noam Chomsky

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Source: 2000s, 2005, Interview by Steve Scher on KUOW, 2004 Interview by Steve Scher on KUOW, in Seattle, Washington, April 20, 2005 http://www.kuow.org/defaultProgram.asp?ID=8683

116. “Say, take Rachel Corrie, local young woman, she was extremely courageous. She's a martyr for peace and justice. We happened to kill her too, even if we don't like to admit it. She was killed by U.S. sent equipment, which is Caterpillar... [Q: you draw that line right back to you and me sitting here?] Absolutely, we're responsible for it. I mean, we didn't drive the bulldozer, but why is it there? What's it doing? Who provides the military, economic, and diplomatic support for destroying the occupied territories?”

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117. “The Bush Administration do have moral values. Their moral values are very explicit: shine the boots of the rich and the powerful, kick everybody else in the face, and let your grandchildren pay for it. That simple principle predicts almost everything that's happening.”

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118. “...the argument is that by bombing at a time when most of the atrocities were attributed to the KLA guerrillas, with the anticipation that the bombing would lead to far worse atrocities, NATO was preventing atrocities. The fact that this is the strongest argument that can be contrived by serious analysts, and I stress serious because there's plenty of nonsense, that tells us a good deal about the decision to bomb, particularly when we recall that there apparently were diplomatic options.”

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Source: 2000s, 2005, Illegal but Legitimate: A Dubious Doctrine for the Times, 2004: Talk titled "Illegal but Legitimate: A Dubious Doctrine for the Times" at the University of Washington, April 20, 2005 http://www2.seattlechannel.org/media/videoList.asp?ID=47

119. “We might add now that we do have an authoritative account of why the United States bombed Serbia in 1999. It comes from Strobe Talbott, now the director of the Brookings Institution, but in 1999 he was in charge of the State Department-Pentagon team that supervised the diplomacy in the affair. He wrote the introduction to a recent book by his Director of Communications, John Norris, which presents the position of the Clinton administration at the time of the bombing. Norris writes that ‘it was Yugoslavia's resistance to the broader trends of political and economic reform - not the plight of Kosovar Albanians - that best explains NATO's war’. In brief, they were resisting absorption into the U.S. dominated international socioeconomic system. Talbott adds that thanks to John Norris, anyone interested in the war in Kosovo ‘will know … how events looked and felt at the time to those of us who were involved’ in the war, actually directing it. This authoritative explanation will come as no surprise at all to students of international affairs who are more interested in fact than rhetoric. And it will also come as no surprise, to those familiar with intellectual life, that the attack continues to be hailed as a grand achievement of humanitarian intervention, despite massive Western documentation to the contrary, and now an explicit denial at the highest level; which will change nothing, it's not the way intellectual life works.”

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Source: Talk at the Englert Theatre in Iowa, April 10, 2006 http://www.greenteaphd.com/greenteablog/?p=252

120. “Virtually all informed observers agree that a fair and equitable resolution of the plight of the Palestinians would considerably weaken the anger and hatred of Israel and the US in the Arab and Muslim worlds – and far beyond, as international polls reveal. Such an agreement is surely within reach, if the US and Israel depart from their long-standing rejectionism.”

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Source: Interview by Merav Yudilovitch in Yedioth Ahronoth, August 4, 2006 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3286204,00.html.

121. “The Report calls for direct talks for Palestinians who ‘accept Israel's right to exist’ (an absurd demand) but does not restrict Israelis to those who accept the right of a Palestinian state to exist, which would, for example, exclude Israel's Prime Minister Olmert, who received a rousing ovation in Congress when he declared that Israel's historic right to the land from Jordan to the sea is beyond question.”

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