Thursday, December 7, 2006

Tom Chomsky

Raise a glass, for this day gave us two of the finest men in history. Tom Waits, who’s 57 today, and Noam Chomsky, who’s 78.

“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”—NC

“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.”—NC

“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”—NC (karl rove’s greatest hits—flip-flop, cut and run, “bringing democracy”, mission accompished, evildoers, war on terror, etc., etc)

“The piano has been drinking, not me.”—TW