Saturday, August 23, 2008

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.
— Noam Chomsky

As a comments thread at Taki once said, he and even Karl Marx often are right describing problems in society even though they’re wrong about the solutions.

From Michael Lawrence.

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