Noam Chomsky

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Avram Noam Chomsky (/ˈnoʊm ˈtʃɒmski/; born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, logician, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He has spent more than half a century at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is Institute Professor Emeritus, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism. Born to middle-class Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants in Philadelphia, Chomsky developed an early interest in anarchism from alternative bookstores in New York City. At the age of sixteen he began studies at the University of Pennsylvania, ta... More

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Noam Chomsky #Amazing

Photo of Noam Chomsky If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long.
Noam Chomsky #Art

Photo of Noam Chomsky Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
Noam Chomsky #Education #Positive #Society

Photo of Noam Chomsky The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organisation and participation in a meaningful society.
Noam Chomsky #Environmental #War

Photo of Noam Chomsky There are two problems for our species' survival - nuclear war and environmental catastrophe - and we're hurtling towards them. Knowingly.
Noam Chomsky #Best #Education

Photo of Noam Chomsky Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.
Noam Chomsky #Power #War

Photo of Noam Chomsky Concentration of executive power, unless it's very temporary and for specific circumstances, let's say fighting world war two, it's an assault on democracy.
Noam Chomsky #Fear

Photo of Noam Chomsky The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Noam Chomsky #Age #Car #Women

Photo of Noam Chomsky I remember at the age of five travelling on a trolley car with my mother past a group of women on a picket line at a textile plant, seeing them being viciously beaten by security people. So that kind of thing stayed with me.
Noam Chomsky #Freedom #Politics

Photo of Noam Chomsky If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky #Freedom #Society

Photo of Noam Chomsky In the literal sense, there has been no relevant evolution since the trek from Africa. But there has been substantial progress towards higher standards of rights, justice and freedom - along with all too many illustrations of how remote is the goal of a decent society.
Noam Chomsky #Government

Photo of Noam Chomsky The government of Israel doesn't like the kinds of things I say, which puts them into the same category as every other government in the world.
Noam Chomsky #History #Nature

Photo of Noam Chomsky The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.
Noam Chomsky #History

Photo of Noam Chomsky 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.
Noam Chomsky #Power

Photo of Noam Chomsky The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.
Noam Chomsky #Power

Photo of Noam Chomsky I am opposed to the accumulation of executive power anywhere.
Noam Chomsky #Freedom

Photo of Noam Chomsky In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.
Noam Chomsky #War

Photo of Noam Chomsky Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
Noam Chomsky #Communication

Photo of Noam Chomsky The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century ago. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph was far more radical than that from telephone to email!
Noam Chomsky #Government #Time

Photo of Noam Chomsky If you are working 50 hours a week in a factory, you don't have time to read 10 newspapers a day and go back to declassified government archives. But such people may have far-reaching insights into the way the world works.
Noam Chomsky #History

Photo of Noam Chomsky The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history.
Noam Chomsky #Nature

Photo of Noam Chomsky Humans have certain properties and characteristics which are intrinsic to them, just as every other organism does. That's human nature.
Noam Chomsky #Science

Photo of Noam Chomsky As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
Noam Chomsky #War

Photo of Noam Chomsky 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.
Noam Chomsky #Fear #Power

Photo of Noam Chomsky The public is not to see where power lies, how it shapes policy, and for what ends. Rather, people are to hate and fear one another.
Noam Chomsky #Imagination #Imagination

Photo of Noam Chomsky Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.