Daily Archives: 2004-11-08

Noam Chomsky

So, I went on a Noam Chomsky shopping spree about a year ago, and I picked up several of his books. Unfortunately, I was in school at the time and didn’t have time to read much of them. With the election results getting me down, I went back to my Chomsky literature. I’ve read some of Hegemony or Survival, but right now I’m focused on Manufacturing Consent. So, I expect to be posting more about this research effort in the coming weeks. Here’s few nice quotes to get the ball rolling:

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.

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.

–Noam Chomsky