NOAM CHOMSKY Quotes

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

Noam Chomsky

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

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

Noam Chomsky

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

Noam Chomsky

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

Noam Chomsky

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.

Noam Chomsky

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

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

Noam Chomsky

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

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

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.

Noam Chomsky
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