Requiem for the American Dream

I just watched this film on Netflix featuring Noam Chomsky. While some of what he presents is no news to me, the way he presents it is concise and wonderfully articulated. Although the initial message is kind of a downer, the film ends on a positive note. Very much worth watching, especially for the younger set who are the most vulnerable to the “consumerist” programming and associated lack of solidarity such mentality perpetuates. Here are some example quotes that indicate the kind of man he is. Some require some deep thought to actually understand. Don’t hurt yourself thinking too hard.

Noam Chomsky/Quotes
Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.
If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.
It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.
Education is a system of imposed ignorance.
Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.

Published by Ryjor

Is this the self-aggrandizing section? OK, so in summary I'm an over-experienced writer, engineer, software developer, designer, teacher, and amateur musician. Father, brother, son, I'm just moving through life trying to leave the world a better place than I found it.

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