Will you allow the same to your child?
Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates.
If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.
In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.
Most wars, after all, present themselves as humanitarian endeavors to help people.
One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.
There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
War itself is the enemy of the human race.
We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.
When people don't understand that the government doesn't have their interests in mind, they're more susceptible to go to war.
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
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.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
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.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from
Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.
Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world.
I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.
If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
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.
Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.
States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.
The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history.
The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
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.
The people who were honored in the Bible were the false prophets. It was the ones we call the prophets who were jailed and driven into the desert.
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.
To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public.
Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
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.
You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.