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  1. Last 7 days
    1. The first 9/11, unlike the second, did not change the world. It was “nothing of very great consequence,” Kissinger assured his boss a few days later. And judging by how it figures in conventional history, his words can hardly be faulted, though the survivors may see the matter differently. These events of little consequence were not limited to the military coup that destroyed Chilean democracy and set in motion the horror story that followed. As already discussed, the first 9/11 was just one act in the drama that began in 1962 when Kennedy shifted the mission of the Latin American militaries to “internal security.” The shattering aftermath is also of little consequence, the familiar pattern when history is guarded by responsible intellectuals.
  2. Jun 2024
    1. Those larger goals highlighted edu-cation for good citizenship; to them great books were more of anantidote than a contributor to that bland, conformist mass culturefeared by mid-century critics (left and liberal and conservative) anddescribed by cultural historians.

      How, if at all, did the great books idea contribute to the idea of Manufacturing Consent for the 20th century?

    2. does the consumer’s integration, by choice, into largermass communities ironically tie the person to new and larger bonds

      of conformity, or create new forms of class stratification?

      Where does Chomsky's Manufactured Consent fit in here?

  3. Nov 2023
  4. Oct 2023
    1. the aims become more ambitious: to explain all of the linguistic relationships between the sound system and the meaning system of the language

      Further notes on later theory of Chomsky.

  5. Jun 2023
    1. Noam Chomsky’s backpocket classic on wartime propaganda and opinion control

      Media control is actually a definition/term (that has been coined by Noam Chomsky)

  6. May 2023
    1. So when Alan Greenspan was testifying before Congress in 1997 on the marvels of the economy he was running, he said straight out that one of the bases for its economic success was imposing what he called “greater worker insecurity.” If workers are more insecure, that’s very “healthy” for the society, because if workers are insecure they won’t ask for wages, they won’t go on strike, they won’t call for benefits; they’ll serve the masters gladly and passively. And that’s optimal for corporations’ economic health. At the time, everyone regarded Greenspan’s comment as very reasonable, judging by the lack of reaction and the great acclaim he enjoyed. Well, transfer that to the universities: how do you ensure “greater worker insecurity”? Crucially, by not guaranteeing employment, by keeping people hanging on a limb than can be sawed off at any time, so that they’d better shut up, take tiny salaries, and do their work; and if they get the gift of being allowed to serve under miserable conditions for another year, they should welcome it and not ask for any more. That’s the way you keep societies efficient and healthy from the point of view of the corporations. And as universities move towards a corporate business model, precarity is exactly what is being imposed. And we’ll see more and more of it.

      Noam Chomsky on Alan Greenspan's ideas on 'worker insecurity'.

  7. Dec 2022
    1. You can train a rat to run pretty complicated mazes. You’re never going to train a rat to run a prime number maze — a maze that says, “turn right at every prime number.” The reason is that the rat just doesn’t have that concept. And there’s no way to give it that concept. It’s out of the conceptual range of the rat. That’s true of every organism. Why shouldn’t it be true of us? I mean, are we some kind of angels? Why shouldn’t we have the same basic nature as other organisms? In fact, it’s very hard to think how we cannot be like them. Take our physical capacities. I mean, take our capacity to run 100 meters. We have that capacity because we cannot fly. The ability to do something entails the lack of ability to do something else. I mean, we have the ability because we are somehow constructed so that we can do it. But that same design that’s enabling us to do one thing is preventing us from doing something else. That’s true of every domain of existence. Why shouldn’t it be true of cognition?

      !- limitations : human - Chomsky points out something very simple but profound - It is the same thing taught by Nagarjuna - A thing or process once named or positively defined by observable properties, is also negatively defined - once we have one ability, it also rules out countless other abilities

    2. “It is important to learn to be surprised by simple facts.”

      !- famous quote : Chomsky - Moro breaks down what this quote means - 4 different aspects: salience, learning, wonder and the surprise that emerges from it and the power of simplicity

    3. Noam Chomsky and Andrea Moro on the Limits of Our ComprehensionAn excerpt from Chomsky and Moro’s new book “The Secrets of Words.”

      !- book title : The Secrets of Words" - authors : Moro and Chomsky

  8. Oct 2022
    1. There are huge efforts that do go into making people, to borrow Adam Smith’s phrase, “as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human being to be.” A lot of the educational system is designed for that, if you think about it, it’s designed for obedience and passivity. From childhood, a lot of it is designed to prevent people from being independent and creative. If you’re independent-minded in school, you’re probably going to get into trouble very early on. That’s not the trait that’s being preferred or cultivated. When people live through all this stuff, plus corporate propaganda, plus television, plus the press and the whole mass, the deluge of ideological distortion that goes on, they ask questions that from another point of view are completely reasonable….

      Noam Chomsky Based

  9. Aug 2022
    1. in terms of the new perspectives provided by cybernetics and thecommunication sciences,

      Did Chomsky get onto the cybernetics craze aka "The Bandwagon"?

    2. The experts have the responsibility of making clear the actuallimits of their understanding and of the results they have so far achieved,
    3. Chomsky, Noam. Language and Mind. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511791222.

  10. Nov 2021
    1. So there's a rich society for the very wealthy and the owners, the illegitimate owners of capital, but no society for the general population and that's basically neoliberalism, in a nutshell.

      [[Chomsky]] detailing what Warren Buffett stated: there is class-war, and my class is winning it!

      Immediately below he clarifies that "this structure has to be dismantled from top-to-bottom".

    2. These are not laws of nature. These are structures designed and imposed by the very wealthy,
    3. no consultation with anyone. This is just the organized international capital saying here's the way we can rob people for the long term by imposing the kinds of extensive property rights which guarantee monopoly pricing opportunities, indefinitely.

      [[Chomsky]] rightly pints out that TRIPS is from the Uruguay round (which i never had hear before) the root of neoliberalism domination internationally.

    4. at the level of increasing the so-called reputational risk to compel those who illegitimately own capital to use it in the common interest.

      According to [[Chomsky]], one underestimated method for subordinating the elites is to threaten them with reputational risk.

  11. Mar 2021
    1. 10 Τεχνικές Χειραγώγησης

      1. Η τεχνικη της αποπροσανατολιστικης «ψυχαγωγιας»
      2. Η τεχνικη της κατασκευης προβληματων και παροχης λυσεων
      3. Η τεχνικη της υποβαθμισης
      4. Η στρατηγικη της επιμερισμενης αναβλητικοτητας
      5. Η στρατηγικη της απευθυνσης στο κοινο σαν να ειναι ανηλικα παιδια
      6. Η τεχνικη της απευθυνσης στο συναισθημα παρα στην λογικη
      7. Η τεχνικη της παρατεταμενης αγνοιας
      8. Η τεχνικη της «φυσικης» μετριοτητας
      9. Η τεχνικη της ενοχοποιημενης εξεγερσης
      10. Η τεχνικη του να γνωριζεις τα ατομα καλυτερα απ’ οσο γνωριζουν τα ιδια τον εαυτο τους
  12. Dec 2020
    1. Many linguistics books have used Genie's case study as an example to illustrate principles of language acquisition, frequently citing it as support of Chomsky's hypothesis of language being innate to humans and of a modified version of Lenneberg's critical period hypothesis, and her work with Genie provided the impetus for several additional case studies.
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  17. Jul 2019
    1. Noam Chomsky

      Political dissident and linguist extraordinaire. His Wikipedia page is here.

    1. Iwasbeingsarcastic.Yeah.WhatIwastalkingabout,yeah,notonlysarcas·tic,butalsowrong

      Seen just here in this video.

    2. MayIsaysomething
    3. Butdon'tyourealizethatinyourbook,andelsewhere,BU:youtrenotwillingtobeconsistentincarryingoutthis,argument.
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    5. Bu:tI,asamatterofprinciple,almost,XHXP~RXXrestrictmyselftothediscussionofAmericanterror.
    1. Noam Chomsky: One of the most appropriate comments I’ve seen on Trump’s foreign policy appeared in an article in The New Republic written by David Roth, the editor of a sports blog: “The spectacle of expert analysts and thought leaders parsing the actions of a man with no expertise or capacity for analysis is the purest acid satire — but less because of how badly that expert analysis has failed than because of how sincerely misplaced it is … there is nothing here to parse, no hidden meanings or tactical elisions or slow-rolled strategic campaign.” That seems generally accurate. This is a man, after all, who dismisses the information and analyses of his massive intelligence system in favor of what was said this morning on “Fox and Friends,” where everyone tells him how much they love him. With all due skepticism about the quality of intelligence, this is sheer madness considering the stakes.
  18. Apr 2019
    1. April 15, the day when you pay your taxes, gives you a good index of how democracy is functioning. If democracy were functioning effectively, April 15 would be a day of celebration. That’s a day on which we get together to contribute to implementing the policies that we’ve decided on. That’s what April 15 ought to be. Here it’s a day of mourning. This alien force is coming to steal your hard-earned money from you. That indicates an extreme contempt for democracy. And it’s natural that a business-run society and doctrinal system should try to inculcate that belief.
    1. He watched an hour-long lecture by Dr. Joy DeGruy on what she called “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.” He listened to the work of Tim Wise, an activist who speaks on college campuses and with corporations on fighting racism. He watched Morgan Freeman’s National Geographic series, The Story of Us. He watched Noam Chomsky’s documentary on American wealth distribution, Requiem for the American Dream. He watched Ava DuVernay’s examination of incarceration, the Netflix documentary, 13th. “13th turned the light bulb on,” Stills says.

      This is lovely to read. Kenny Stills, American-football player, finds his viewing and reading material.

      Everybody should see "Requiem for the American Dream", available on Netflix.

  19. May 2017
    1. This is a technological solution for a technological problem, and it comes forth from a desire for mastery

      Sounds a bit like Foucault and Chomsky; using our current notions of justice to create an ideal society (or whatever they were yapping on about), fighting fire with fire

  20. Apr 2017
    1. It is the view of the anti-rhetoricians that this double task of inner and outer regulation can be accomplished by linguistic reform, by the institu-tion of conditions of communication that at once protect discourse from the irrelevancies and con-tingencies that would compromise its universal-ity and insulate the discoursing mind from those contingencies and irrelevancies it itself harbors

      Again, all I hear is Foucault warning Chomsky about danger!

    2. model of language abstracted from any particular performance, or in the project of Es-peranto or some other artificial language claim-ing universality,6 or in the fashioning of a Haber-masian "ideal speech situation" in which all assertions express "a 'rational will' in relation to a common interest ascertained without decep-tion,"1

      Sounds a bit like the Chomsky Foucault debate, using our language to create a language that is somehow above, or superior to our current method.

  21. Jan 2017
    1. man, in his animal ca• pacity, is furnished, like all other animals, by na-ture herself, with a language which requires neither study, art, nor imitation;

      This line of thinking seems like it'd have a lot of resonance with things like Chomsky's notion of Universal Grammar, but Sheridan's argument that this language needs to be refined through educating the nobler faculties would also have some interesting historical opposition. This is contemporary with Rousseau's Emile, which is basically the opposite of this.

  22. Apr 2016
    1. And now here I am defending Chomsky. Strange.

      Strange indeed, considering how Chomsky 2014 wasn’t defending the Chomsky of Syntactic Structures.