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Forum Post: Noam Chomsky at Occupy Boston

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 13, 2012, 10:32 a.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80 (6276)
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[-] 1 points by philosophersstoned (233) from Gypsum, CO 2 years ago

On the immanent Fascist police state takeover:

Chomsky: "I think it's very unlikely, frankly. They don't have the force. About a century ago, in the "free-est" countries in the world at that time, Britain and the United States, the dominant classes came to understand that they can't control the population by force any longer. Too much freedom had been won by struggles like [Occupy]. They recognized they are going to have to shift tactics to control of attitudes and beliefs, instead of just the cudgel. You don't throw away the cudgel but it can't do what it used to - you have to control attitudes and beliefs. And in fact that's when the Public Relations industry began. It began in the United States and England, the "free" countries, where you had to have a major industry to control beliefs and attitudes, to induce consumerism, to induce passivity, apathy, distraction. And that's the way it's been going on. It's a barrier, but it's a lot easier to overcome than torture and the Gestapo. I don't think the circumstances exist any longer to institute anything like what we would call "Fascism."

On the deficit:

"Lets go back to the Deficit again. The population understands it's not the primary problem, in fact not even a major problem. The population has a sensible attitude about what ought to be done with it - higher taxes for the rich, lets go back to the way things were during the big growth periods. But there's something else which isn't even being discussed:

The deficit would be eliminated - literally - if the United States had a health care system of a kind that other industrial countries have. That's literally true. That's not Utopian - the idea that we should have a health care system like other industrial countries. That's not radical raving - it would probably leave a surplus."

[-] 0 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6276) 2 years ago

yes, these are important excerpts.

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