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Future asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 10 years ago

Noam Chomsky Quote: What does it mean (see details)?

Noam Chomsky, "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate."

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  • 10 years ago
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    The quote seems to speak for itself. He seems to explain it very well. I think the United States political machine demonstrates this perfectly. The Democrats take a position that they call left and the Republicans take a position that they call right. The media reinforce the position that those are the limits of the scope on what type of stances can be considered reasonable. Everything that falls outside of these two limits is labeled very quickly as radical, extreme, insane, etc. So the parties that control these two limits control the direction of the country and the perception of what is reasonable.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Noam Chomsky Quote

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  • 10 years ago

    Was this from his 2002 BC speech? It means that the news SHOULD have a liberal bias if done properly, thereby allowing stifling arguments about a right wing news source as well as allowing both the Left & Right to maintain the belief that the Liberal media is as far as one can go & thus not challenge the system outside the preset media parameters.

    Does that make sense?

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    He's right. If you control the parameters of people's thought, you control the guiderails of all their possible opinions. That's why learning how to question authority and develop critical thinking skills are so important.

    After discussing politics with people for many years, I have come to the conclusion that a lot of people are plagued with this problem.

    The most important thing is that you have to think though the complex issues for yourself.

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  • 7 years ago

    Just create a place where people can discuss things freely in as large of a group as possible where there is little likelihood of action. Oh wait, that's where we already are.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Thank you for this. Its self explanatory. You can create the illusion of freedom by highlighting mild deviance taking place within the confines of the kosher zone.

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  • 10 years ago

    It's basically about the sheep in the 2 party system.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    He's describing accurately our political system.

    We argue about the best way to jump off the cliff,

    but never argue about whether we should jump off the cliff at all.

    It's the illusion of choice and the degradation of abstract thought.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    That is the best way to create a totalitarian dictatorship.

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  • Jay
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Noam Chomsky presents interesting historical events but out of that he is extreme leftist who wants anarchy. He is also victim of his own accusations since he too have an agenda that is built into everything coming out of his mouth when hes not talking about historical events.

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