Noam Chomsky

The more there is a need to talk about the ideals of democracy, the less democratic the system usually is.
Chomsky on Miseducation
Spectator sports make people more passive, because you're not doing them—you're watching somebody doing them.
Secrets, Lies and Democracy
States are violent to the extent that they're powerful, that's roughly accurate.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don't like. Goebbels was in favor of freedom of speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you're in favor of freedom of speech, that means you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
There is a noticeable general difference between the sciences and mathematics on the one hand, and the humanities and social sciences on the other. It's a first approximation, but one that is real. In the former, the factors of integrity tend to dominate more over the factors of ideology. It's not that scientists are more honest people. It's just that nature is a harsh taskmaster. You can lie or distort the story of the French Revolution as long as you like, and nothing will happen. Propose a false theory in chemistry, and it'll be refuted tomorrow.
Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent
It is the fundamental duty of the citizen to resist and to restrain the violence of the state.
International War Crimes Tribunal: Against the Crime of Silence: Proceedings
Roughly speaking, I think it's accurate to say that a corporate elite of managers and owners governs the economy and the political system as well, at least in very large measure.
Government in the Future