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Occupied Media, by Noam Chomsky

9-11, by Noam Chomsky

Hopes and Prospects, by Noam Chomsky

Failed States, by Noam Chomsky

100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future, by Marco Rubio

Hegemony or Survival, by Noam Chomsky

Power and Terror, by Noam Chomsky

The Common Good, interviews by David Barsamian

Acts of Aggression, by Noam Chomsky

What Uncle Sam Really Wants, by Noam Chomsky

Secrets, Lies, and Democracy, by Noam Chomsky

Profit Over People, by Noam Chomsky

Crashing the Party, by Ralph Nader

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Noam Chomsky on Abortion
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Noam Chomsky on Budget & Economy
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  • Austerity in a period of recession makes situation worse. (May 2012)
  • 2008 real estate bubble came from increasing role of finance. (May 2012)
  • Banks thrive due to bailouts, while people suffer recession. (Jun 2010)
  • Adam Smith called for equality of outcome plus free market. (Jul 1996)
  • 1920s and 1950s were both called the "End of History". (Feb 1996)
Noam Chomsky on Civil Rights
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  • Our grandmothers were hopelessly oppressed & didn't know it. (May 2012)
  • 9-11 won't lead to any long-term restrictions of rights. (Nov 2001)
  • US censors Afghanistan coverage, except Al-Jazeera. (Nov 2001)
Noam Chomsky on Corporations
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  • "Occupy" is first public response in class war in 30 years. (May 2012)
  • Abolish corporate personhood via Constitutional Amendment. (May 2012)
  • Wealth distribution is heavily weighted to top tenth of 1%. (May 2012)
  • Occupy movement put "income inequality" on the agenda. (May 2012)
  • Stakeholders should have as high priority as shareholders. (May 2012)
  • Hand over reconstructed auto industry to the auto workers. (May 2012)
  • Sit-down strikes really frighten the business world. (May 2012)
  • Corporations are legal persons with more rights than people. (Jun 2010)
  • Since 1700s, grasping businessmen overwhelmed US government. (Feb 1996)
  • Most believe government is run for the special interests. (Feb 1996)
  • Corporations are fascist and incompatible with democracy. (May 1994)
Noam Chomsky on Crime
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  • Slavery didn't end in 1860s; we criminalized Black life. (Jun 2010)
  • US uses imprisonment for population control. (Feb 1996)
  • Capital punishment is a crime. (May 1994)
  • Harsher penalties only serve to control the poor more. (May 1994)
  • Societal inequality causes crime. (May 1994)
Noam Chomsky on Drugs
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  • Drug War intended to frighten people into obedience. (Jun 2010)
  • Drug War punishes Bolivia for promoting democracy. (Jun 2010)
  • Drug war has focused on blacks and Hispanics. (Jul 2002)
  • Poisoning crops & biodiversity justified as "war on drugs". (May 2002)
  • Drug use is falling anyway; drug war is fraudulent. (Feb 1997)
  • Drug War is an excuse for US military intervention abroad. (Jan 1991)
  • Target tobacco & alcohol instead of marijuana. (Jan 1991)
Noam Chomsky on Education
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  • Supports state funding of higher education. (Apr 2011)
  • Education must provide opportunities for self-fulfillment. (Nov 2006)
  • Corporate propaganda in schools instills obedience. (Feb 1996)
Noam Chomsky on Energy & Oil
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  • Limited time on climate change; US going in wrong direction. (Jul 2019)
  • Market can't solve climate change, structural changes needed. (Jul 2019)
  • Task ahead enormous & there is not much time. (Jul 2019)
  • Climate-change deniers make crisis urgent. (Jun 2011)
  • Climate solution's central element should be high-speed rail. (Jun 2010)
  • Sign the Kyoto Protocol and rely on UN diplomacy. (Apr 2007)
  • Oil is cheap because Pentagon’s expenditures keep it cheap. (Jul 1996)
Noam Chomsky on Environment
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  • Unfair for emerging economies to bear environmental burden. (Sep 2010)
Noam Chomsky on Families & Children
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Noam Chomsky on Foreign Policy
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  • Israel relies on support from reactionary fundamentalists. (Jul 2019)
  • Establish a nuclear weapons free zone in Middle East. (Jul 2019)
  • Gap between rich North & poor South created by conquest. (Jun 2010)
  • Hamas has called for a two-state settlement. (Jun 2010)
  • American "exceptionalism" is common attitude of empires. (Jun 2010)
  • China gets oil from Iran in exchange for weapons. (Apr 2007)
  • US considers World Court hostile, and therefore ignores it. (Nov 2003)
  • Mideasterners call US-Israel-Turkey the Axis of Evil. (Oct 2003)
  • We should not invent enemies like “rogue states”. (Jul 2002)
  • US regularly in contempt of international law. (Jul 2002)
  • Indonesia is a real “rogue state”, but we like their oil. (Jul 2002)
  • US foreign aid is most miserly of all major countries. (May 2002)
  • Cuban embargo is almost a humanitarian catastrophe. (May 2002)
  • Haitian embargo has stopped all rebuilding efforts. (May 2002)
  • Nicaragua sued US for violence in 1980s, and won. (Nov 2001)
  • Terrorists don't care about our "values", despite media. (Nov 2001)
  • Law plus history dictate that UN must approve War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • US condemned as terrorist state for actions in Nicaragua. (Nov 2001)
  • US fought Haitian democracy in favor of US investors. (May 1997)
  • Cuban embargo hides Castro’s social successes. (Mar 1997)
  • Our Latin America policy benefits investors, not people. (Jul 1996)
  • Countries develop by avoiding colonization & ignoring market. (Jul 1996)
  • US aid to Americas correlates with torture by governments. (Jan 1991)
  • US historically opposes Third World nationalism and rights. (Jan 1991)
  • West plans to exploit Eastern Europe. (Jan 1991)
  • US prefers force to diplomacy in Third World. (Jan 1991)
Noam Chomsky on Free Trade
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  • NAFTA hurts working people in US, Mexico, & Canada. (Jun 2010)
  • US "level playing field" means "kicking away the ladder". (Jun 2010)
  • Worldwide protests against corporate globalism. (Nov 2001)
  • Terrorists don't care about globalization, despite media. (Nov 2001)
  • WTO is just another tool for US intervention abroad. (Mar 1997)
  • Trilateral world view means Latin America belongs to the US. (Jan 1991)
  • Free trade is all about corporate subsidies. (Jan 1991)
Noam Chomsky on Government Reform
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  • Concentrated wealth yields concentrated political power. (May 2012)
  • Public policy has become divorced from public opinion. (May 2012)
  • Members of Congress literally buy power within Congress. (May 2012)
  • People who serve power are later considered false prophets. (Feb 1996)
  • Dissent publicly against investors ruling government. (Jan 1991)
Noam Chomsky on Gun Control
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Noam Chomsky on Health Care
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  • National system covers all & removes wasteful inefficiencies. (Jun 2010)
  • Divert military spending to preventable diseases abroad. (May 1997)
  • Payments in health care system should be progressive. (May 1994)
Noam Chomsky on Homeland Security
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  • Our military is not for defense; rein it in. (May 2012)
  • US accounts for 40% of whole world's military expenditures. (Jun 2010)
  • Eliminate nukes under UN; already voted 147-to-1 against US. (Jun 2010)
  • Iran has no nukes, but Israel & Pakistan & India do. (Jun 2010)
  • Guantanamo is a torture chamber beyond reach of law. (Jun 2010)
  • Doctrine of anticipatory self-defense is hypocritical. (Apr 2007)
  • THEIR terror is evil; OUR terror against them does not exist. (Apr 2007)
  • US companies account for 60% of all of world's arms sales. (Apr 2007)
  • Pre-emptive war ok; “preventive war” is a war crime. (Oct 2003)
  • US & UK have regularly used chemical & biological weapons. (Jul 2002)
  • Powerful states define rogue states according to their needs. (Jul 2002)
  • 9-11 was historic event because of who the victims were. (May 2002)
  • In Japan, "Ground Zero" evokes atomic bomb, not 9-11. (May 2002)
  • For terrorists, use international courts, and ask "Why?". (Nov 2001)
  • For terrorists, use international courts, and ask "Why?". (Nov 2001)
  • Bin Laden is fighting a Holy War that harms local poor. (Nov 2001)
  • War on Terror used as an excuse for militarization. (Nov 2001)
  • Disallow CIA assassinations. (Nov 2001)
  • Bin Laden's anti-Saudi views resonated with Arabs. (Nov 2001)
  • CIA built bin Laden's terrorist network in the 1980s. (Nov 2001)
  • Pentagon subsidizes dynamic economy via public funds. (Feb 1996)
  • Cold War fear of USSR was played to control US population. (Jan 1991)
Noam Chomsky on Immigration
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  • Aside from Native Americans, we're all immigrants. (Aug 2011)
  • NAFTA's agribusiness competition caused Mexican flight to US. (Jun 2010)
Noam Chomsky on Jobs
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  • Recession unemployment jobs won't come back. (May 2012)
  • Spread "industrial democracy" of worker-owned enterprises. (May 2012)
  • Obama backed EFCA, then visited scab/lockout company. (Jun 2010)
  • Free Trade Agreements move jobs to non-union areas. (May 1994)
Noam Chomsky on Principles & Values
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  • Great Seal of Massachusetts defined "City on a Hill". (Jun 2010)
  • 2008: woman & black candidates show US has become civilized. (Jun 2010)
  • Both major parties are well to the right of US population. (Jun 2010)
  • US freedom & privilege mean we must use power responsibly. (May 2002)
  • Elite seek magic keys; underclass works toward solutions. (Feb 1997)
Noam Chomsky on Social Security
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Noam Chomsky on Tax Reform
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  • Payments in tax system should be progressive. (May 1994)
Noam Chomsky on Technology
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  • Scandal that Amtrak runs at same speed as in 1950s. (May 2012)
  • Federal scam: transfer funds to high-tech defense industries. (Feb 1996)
Noam Chomsky on War & Peace
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  • Opposed Vietnam War, but TV only covered sound bites. (Oct 2002)
  • 1966: protests against Vietnam met with extreme hostility. (May 2002)
  • Humanitarian intervention in Kosovo is euphemism for war. (Nov 2001)
  • CIA trained Islamist fundamentalists in Afghanistan. (Nov 2001)
  • Use international court system & UN for grievances, not war. (Nov 2001)
  • US's low-level conflict is indistinguishable from terrorism. (Nov 2001)
  • US pressured allies to join in war against Nicaragua. (Nov 2001)
  • Stop the escalating cycle of violence. (Sep 2001)
  • Nicaragua: US destroyed Sandanistas & real hope for reform. (Jan 1991)
  • Vietnam War about destroying “virus” of independence from US. (Jan 1991)
  • Panama: Noriega’s crime was independence, not drugs. (Jan 1991)
  • Peace process ignores non-US-approved efforts. (Jan 1991)


  • No-nuke zone in Middle East would end military aid to Israel. (Jul 2019)
  • Iraq War was first war where massive protest preceded war. (May 2012)
  • Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian elections. (Jun 2010)
  • Iranian nukes are recognized as their right by most of world. (Jun 2010)
  • Disallow Israeli settlements by discontinuing US funding. (Jun 2010)
  • We want an obedient Iraq, but democracy might do otherwise. (Apr 2007)
  • Iraq was necessary first example of preventive war doctrine. (Oct 2003)
  • Anyone threatened by Iraq can approach UN Security Council. (Jul 2002)
  • UN authorizing US force in Iraq allows Iran to use force. (Jul 2002)
  • Iraq: Sanctions kill children. (Jul 2002)
  • US declared independent Iran as evil in 1953 & in 1979. (Mar 2002)
  • US opposes Iraqi democracy because they get closer to Iran. (Mar 2002)
  • Fight terrorism by arresting criminals, not bombing Mideast. (Nov 2001)
  • Bin Laden's goal: Drive westerners out of Muslim lands. (Nov 2001)
  • 9-11 is indirect consequence of US building Islamist army. (Nov 2001)
  • CIA created Osama bin Laden & fostered fanaticism. (Sep 2001)
  • Islamic hatred based on US support for repressive regimes. (Sep 2001)
  • US chartered UN & must follow UN decisions on Iraq. (Jul 1999)
  • Israeli nukes should preclude foreign aid. (Jan 1991)
  • Gulf War: US refused diplomacy & forced violence in Iraq. (Jan 1991)
  • Gulf War had nothing to do with principles. (Jan 1991)
Noam Chomsky on Welfare & Poverty
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  • "Precariat": precarious existence at periphery of society. (May 2012)
  • GOP proposals take chain saw to safety net. (May 2012)
  • The vile maxim: all for ourselves and nothing for others. (Feb 1996)
  • They stoke racial hatred to cut public services. (Feb 1996)
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