"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Noam Chomsky on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Noam Chomsky on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Noam Chomsky on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Noam Chomsky on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Noam Chomsky on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long."
"Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth."
"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."
"In the US, there is basically one party - the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population."