How the World Works Quotes.

1. "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, How the World Works

2. "Take democracy. According to the common-sense meaning, a society is democratic to the extent that people can participate in a meaningful way in managing their affairs. But the doctrinal meaning of democracy is different—it refers to a system in which decisions are made by sectors of the business community and related elites. The public are to be only spectators of action, not participants, as leading democratic theorists (in this case, Walter Lippmann) have explained. They are permitted to ratify the decisions of their betters and to lend their support to one or another of them, but not to interfere with matters—like public policy—that are none of their business."
- Noam Chomsky, How the World Works

3. "If you abandon the political arena, somebody is going to be there. Corporations aren't going to go home and join the PTA. They are going to run things."
- Noam Chomsky, How the World Works

5. "In a situation of occupation or domination, the occupier, the dominant power, has to justify what it’s doing. There is only one way to do it—become a racist. You have to blame the victim. Once you become a raving racist in self-defense, you’ve lost your capacity to understand what’s happening."
- Noam Chomsky, How the World Works

6. "military."
- Noam Chomsky, How the World Works

7. "In Greece, British troops entered after the Nazis had withdrawn. They imposed a corrupt regime that evoked renewed resistance, and Britain, in its postwar decline, was unable to maintain control. In 1947, the United States moved in, supporting a murderous war that resulted in about 160,000 deaths."
- Noam Chomsky, How the World Works

8. "We’re supposed to believe that the press is liberal, dangerous, adversarial, out-of-control. That itself is an extremely good example of corporate propaganda."
- Noam Chomsky, How the World Works

9. "(We’re in favor of independence as long as it’s in other people’s empires, not in our own.)"
- Noam Chomsky, How the World Works

10. "(I think, legally speaking, there’s a very solid case for impeaching every American president since the Second World War. They’ve all been either outright war criminals or involved in serious war crimes.) The"
- Noam Chomsky, How the World Works

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