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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy by Noam Chomsky
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“As in the past, the costs and risks of the coming phases of the industrial economy were to be socialized, with eventual profits privatized ...”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“So we march on, following our leaders, toward an “Armageddon of our own making.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“Israelis like to believe, and tell the world, that they were running an “enlightened” or “benign” occupation, qualitatively different from other military occupations the world had seen. The truth was radically different. Like all occupations, Israel’s was founded on brute force, repression and fear, collaboration and treachery, beatings and torture chambers, and daily intimidation, humiliation, and manipulation.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“One commonly hears that carping critics complain about what is wrong, but do not present solutions. There is an accurate translation for that charge: 'They present solutions, but I don't like them.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“The appeal of the antifascist resistance required the United States and United Kingdom to move quickly, and often brutally, to dismantle the resistance and its accomplishments, particularly in northern Italy, where workers had taken over plants and the germs of a free self-governing society were beginning to flourish.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“Though they have been subjected to disgraceful treatment, the Palestinians in East Jerusalem are fortunate in comparison with those who are less visible, and therefore can be killed, tortured, humiliated, and driven from their destroyed homes and lands virtually at will. It is, in fact, astonishing that their spirit has not been broken.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“In accord with the reigning single standard, the major terrorist atrocities—or worse, aggression—are excluded from the canon of international terrorism.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“Rashid was crushed in his wheelchair when one of Israel’s huge US-supplied bulldozers demolished his home with the family inside. Thanks to prevailing moral standards, such acts are also excluded from the canon of terrorism (or worse, war crimes), by virtue of wrong agency.3”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“The workers who built the settlements and produced the export crops may now enjoy their freedom in the world’s largest prison.58”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“The reasoning throughout is straightforward, and is in full accord with what Bush calls “new thinking in the law of war,” which takes international law and treaties to be “private contractual rules” that the more powerful party “is free to apply or disregard as it sees fit”: sternly enforced to ensure a safer world for investors, but quaint and obsolete when they constrain Washington’s resort to aggression and other crimes.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“Reigning doctrines are often called a "double standard".The term is misleading.It is more accurate to describe them as a single standard,clear and unmistakable,the standard that Adam Smith called the "vile maxim of the masters of mankind: ...All for ourselves,and nothing for other people." Much has changed since his day,but the vile maxim flourishes.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“I have been in many awful places, but have never seen such fear as in the eyes of those who are trying to survive in Haiti's indescribable slums during the Clinton backed terror, or such misery as among poor peasants in southern Colombia, driven from their devastated lands by US chemical warfare -fumigation- and much more like it around the world. Even after violence achieves its goals and it's relaxed, it leaves a residual culture of terror as the surviving Salvadorean Jesuits observed. Yet somehow, communities endure and survive.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
“It is no easy task to gain some understanding of human affairs. In some respects, the task is harder than in the natural sciences. Mother nature doesn't provide the answers on a silver platter, but at least she does not go out of her way to set up barriers to understanding. In human affairs, such barriers are the norm. It is necessary to dismantle the structures of deception erected by doctrinal systems which adopt a range of devices that flow very naturally from the ways in which power is concentrated.”
Noam Chomsky, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy