Noam Chomsky Quotes - Page 2
The worst terrorist campaign in the world right now, by far, is the one that's being orchestrated in Washington. That's the global assassination campaign. There has never been a terrorist campaign at that scale.
The United States is carrying out constant actions that endanger Israel, very seriously. Mainly, supporting Israeli policy. For the last 40 years the greatest threat to Israel has been its own policies.
There is a reason why, in international polls run by US polling agencies - the main ones - the United States is regarded as the greatest threat to world peace by an overwhelming margin. No other countries even close. Incidentally, its kind of interesting that US media refused to publish this.
Scientists, overwhelmingly, recognise that most of the fossil fuels have to be left in the ground if our grandchildren are going to have decent prospects. But the institutional structures of our society are pressuring to try to extract every drop.
We are racing towards a precipice, which we are determined to fall over, which will sharply reduce the chances of decent survival. Well actually there are two. One is environmental catastrophe, which is imminent and we don't have a lot of time to deal with it and we're going the wrong way. The other has been around for 70 years, the threat of nuclear war.
In 2007 right before the great crash, when there was euphoria about what was called the ‘great moderation’, the wonderful economy, at that point the real wages of working people were lower – literally lower – than they had been in 1979 when the neoliberal programmes began. You had a similar phenomenon in England.
To quotes the business press, we're creating "a new imperial age" with a "de facto world government." It has its own institutions - like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, trading structures like NAFTA and GATT (now known as the WTO), [and] executive meetings like the G-7 and the European Community bureaucracy.
During what's been called the "Mexican economic miracle" of the last decade, their [Mexican worker's] wages have dropped 60%.
To challenge the right of investors to determine who lives, who dies, and how they live and die - that would be a significant move towards Enlightenment ideals. That would be revolutionary.