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  • 11.
    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 (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. repr. In American Power and the New Mandarins (1969). "Supplement to On Resistance," New York Review of Books (February 1, 1968).

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  • 12.
    I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst, and Mitsou Ronat. Language and Responsibility, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1979).
  • 13.
    Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. mathematical linguist, philosopher, psychologist, political critic. Language and Mind, p. 66 (1968). A part of the author's "Cartesian" theory that human language capacity is innate.

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  • 14.
    Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for the mid- twentieth century.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. lecture, delivered Jan. 1970, at Loyola University, Chicago. "Language and Freedom," published in For Reasons of State (1973).
  • 15.
    The basic idea which runs right through modern history and modern liberalism is that the public has got to be marginalized. The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsiders, a bewildered herd.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. Interview in Guardian (London, November 23, 1992).

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  • 16.
    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.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. repr. In For Reasons of State (1973). "Language and Freedom," (1970). lecture, delivered Jan. 1970, at Loyola University, Chicago.

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  • 17.
    Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. For Reasons of State, introduction (1973).

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  • 18.
    The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control—"indoctrination" we might say—exercised through the mass media.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. "Politics," Language and Responsibility (1979).
  • 19.
    We thus make a fundamental distinction between the competence (the speaker-hearer's knowledge of his language) and performance (the actual use of language in concrete situations).
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. mathematical linguist, philosopher, psychologist, political critic. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax, p. 3 (1965). Drawing the author's key distinction for dismissing raw empirical data as providing direct counter-evidence to his linguistic theories of grammar.

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