"Science is a bit like the joke about the drunk who is looking under a lamppost for a key that he has lost on the other side of the street, because that's where the light is. It has no other choice." - 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
"The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don't know how to be submissive, and so on -- because they're dysfunctional to the institutions." - Noam Chomsky
"Education is a system of imposed ignorance." - Noam Chomsky
"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...." - Noam Chomsky
"How people themselves perceive what they are doing is not a question that interests me. I mean, there are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, 'That person I see is a savage monster'; instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do. If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees. But then you take a look at what the corporation does, the effect of its legal structure, the vast inequalities in pay and conditions, and you see the reality is something far different." - Noam Chomsky
Who Controls the U.S. Government and the Gap Between Rich and Poor: Noam Chomsky (1995)
Distribution of income in the United States has been the subject of study by scholars and institutions. Data from a number of sources indicate that income inequality has grown significantly since the early 1970s, after several decades of stability.
How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful: Noam Chomsky & Glenn Greenwald
The basis for power elite membership is institutional power, namely an influential position within a prominent private or public organization.
Noam Chomsky on The New World Order (1998)
Professor Chomsky talked about how academics and journalists helped shape foreign policy and build a new world order in the late 20th century. He was critical of the U.S. and Great Britain’s use of state capitalism to build and maintain power. After his comments he answered questions from the audience.