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108,116. You can’t vote the rascals out because you never voted them in in the first place: the corporate executive and the corporate lawyers and so on who overwhelmingly staff the executive assisted increasingly by a university-based mandarin class – these people remain in power no matter whom you elect. (Government & Election & Vote & Corporation & Power) Noam Chomsky, lecture Government in the Future, Poetry Center of New York 1970
109,107. The Palestinians committed a serious crime: there was a free election in Palestine in January 2006 and they voted the wrong way. Now, that’s not acceptable. You can do all kind of things but not that. You don’t vote the wrong way in a free election. So the United States quite openly – Israel too of course – turned to punishing the Palestinians for this crime. (Palestine & Election & US Empire) Noam Chomsky, lecture Brown University April 2010
69,557. 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. (Debate & Opinion & Control & Election & Obedience & Politics) Noam Chomsky, The Common Good
49,904. The elections are run by the same industries that sell toothpaste on television. Noam Chomsky
94,941. The Communist Party was labelled ‘extremist’ and ‘undemocratic’ by US propaganda ... The Vatican announced that anyone who voted for the Communists in the 1948 election would be denied sacraments, and backed the conservative Christian Democrats under the slogan O con Cristo o contro Cristo. (Either with Christ or against Christ). A year later, Pope Pius excommunicated all Italian Communists.
A combination of violence, manipulation of aid and other threats, and a huge propaganda campaign sufficed to determine the outcome of the critical 1948 election, essentially bought by US intervention and pressures. (Italy & Election & Vatican & Communism & US Empire) Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
94,942. The US planned military intervention in the event of a legal Communist political victory in 1948 ... Washington’s intention to resort to violence if free elections came out the wrong way is not very easy to deal with, so it has been generally suppressed, even in the scholarly literature. (Italy & Communism & Election & US Empire & Suppression) ibid.
94,943. The CIA operations to control the Italian elections, authorized by the National Security Council in December 1947, were the first major clandestine operation of the newly formed Agency. As noted earlier, CIA operations to subvert Italian democracy continued into the 1970s on a substantial scale. (Italy & Election & CIA & US Empire) ibid.
94,948. And with popular organizations weakened or eliminated, isolated individuals are unable to participate in the political system in a meaningful way. It will, over time, become largely a symbolic pageant or, at most, a device whereby the public can select among competing elite groups and ratify their decisions, playing the role assigned to them by progressive democratic theorists of the Walter Lippmann variety. (Politics & Election & US Empire) ibid.
94,983. The ideological system is bounded by the consensus of the privileged. Elections are largely a ritual form. In congressional elections virtually all incumbents are returned to office, a reflection of the vacuity of the political system and the choices it offers. (Parties & Politics & Election & Privilege & Consensus) ibid.
94,984. Half the population does not bother to mark the ballots, and those who take the trouble often consciously vote against their own interests. (Election & Vote) ibid.
107,086. November 1989: Elections in Honduras which had been under US control at that time for ten years … There were two candidates: one of them represented large landowners, the other represented big industrialists; they had identical programmes; there was a campaign but it was just insults … The effective rulers were the military under US control. (Democracy & Honduras & US Empire & Election) Noam Chomsky, lecture Deterring Democracy, Youtube 2.09.17 1992
107,087. Nicaragua had in fact election in 1984 but those elections were not an ‘inspiring example of democracy’; the reason is they couldn’t be ‘controlled’. (Democracy & Nicaragua & US Empire & Election) ibid.
107,110. 2001: The United States radically intervened in the election and warned Nicaragua that the Untied States would not accept the wrong outcome … all of this passes without comment. (War on Terror & Nicaragua & Election & US Empire) Noam Chomsky, lecture New York 2002, ‘The History and Hypocrisy of the War on Terror’
107,873. Elections are incresingly just becoming a charade run by the public relations industry which tries to mobilize populations to vote while making sure that issues are maginalized. Noam Chomsky, lecture University of Toronto 7th April 2011, ‘The State Corporate Complex: A Threat to Freedom and Survival’
107,874. The 2012 election is now expected to cost two billion dollars; it’s going to have to be mostly corporate funding so it’s not at all surprising that Obama is selecting business leaders for top positions. (Obama & Election) ibid.
107,191. The primary task of an elected representative from the first moment of taking office is to begin to try to raise money for the next campaign with corporate lobbyists working together with his staff for fair legislation for him to sign with predictable consequences; all of this is part of a general assault on democracy. (Election & Democracy) Noam Chomsky, lecture Vortrag October 2016, ‘What Principles and Values Rule the World?’ Youtube 48.24
110,057. What’s being discussed is tweets at 3 a.m. you know various kinds of vulgarity – anything but serious problems. Noam Chomsky, The Alien Perspective on Humanity 16th August 2017, Youtube 51.14
49,911. On Election Day I stay home. Two reasons: first of all, voting is meaningless; this country was bought and paid for a long time ago. That empty shit they shuffle around and repackage every four years doesn’t mean a thing. Second, I don’t vote, because I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. I know some people like to twist that around and say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.’ But where’s the logic in that? Think it through: if you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and you screw things up, then you’re responsible for what they’ve done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote – who, in fact, did not even leave the house on Election Day – am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created. Which I had nothing to do with. Why can’t people see that? (Election & Vote & Democracy & Politics) George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty 2001
109,917. Yes, we can elect our leaders but you can’t select your leaders. You don’t select anyone. Your masters who own you will select who will run. That’s all they want to know: which one do you like best? (New World Order & Bilderberg & Big Brother & Elite & Election) Jordan Maxwell, interview Shade: The Motion Picture, 2013
136,011. In sum, the Court’s conclusion that a constitutionally adequate recount is impractical is a prophecy the Court’s own judgment will not allow to be tested. Such an untested prophecy should not decide the Presidency of the United States. I dissent. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dissenting opinion Bush v Gore 531 US 98 (2000)
17,208. Mr Thompson, you’re under arrest for election fraud. (Gangstas: Atlantic City & Election) Boardwalk Empire: 21 s2e1, rozzer
17,209. Voter intimidation, fraud, theft of ballot boxes and bribery. (Gangstas: Atlantic City & Election) Boardwalk Empire: Ourselves Alone s2e2, lawyer to Nucky
26,583. A General Election was called. Despite being cheered wherever he went Churchill’s Conservatives were defeated in the poll, with the Labour Party winning a massive majority in parliament. (World War II & Election) World War II: The Complete History: The Presence of History
27,082. Freud was not alone in his pessimism. Politicians like Adolf Hitler emerged from a growing despair in the 1920s about democracy. The Nazis were convinced that democracy was dangerous because it unleashed a selfish individualism, but didn’t have the means to control it. Hitler’s party, the National Socialists, stood in elections promising in their propaganda that they would abandon democracy because of the chaos and unemployment it led to. (Nazis & Democracy & Election & Pessimism) Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self
138,602. The Balkans: President Clinton’s representative, Richard Holbrooke, brought the question out into the open. Suppose elections are free and fair, he said, and those elected are racists, fascists, separatists. That is the dilemma. (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Balkans & Election) Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head IV: But What if the People are Stupid?
29,326. The 2000 election itself: the most scandalous in US history ... An ominous oracle. (United States of America & Election & Bush) Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States IX: Bush and Clinton – American Triumphalism – New World Order
29,327. US Supreme Court 5-4 to stop a recount thus handing Bush the election ... If it had happened in another country it would have been denounced as a coup by the United States. (United States of America & Election) ibid.
29,814. We opposed elections while pretending to support democracy. (Nixon & Vietnam & Election) The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, 2009
30,333. Money, drink, libels, gangs of toughs, this was all-out war at the Hustings. Tories accused the Whigs of being fanatics, the dregs of the populus, atheists, commonwealth men. Whigs accused Tories of being willing tools of the Jesuits and the French. (Great Britain & England & Scotland & Election) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Britannia Incorporated
31,495. In October 1974 Wilson called another election, the fourth between himself and Heath. Heath was drinking in the Last Chance Saloon. Wilson won again. But only just. (Great Britain & England & Politics & Election & 1970s) Heath vs. Wilson: The 10 Year Duel
31,504. We had a 14% lead in the Daily Mail the Friday before polling day. (Great Britain & England & Election) Joe Haines, political adviser to Harold Wilson
32,615. The election of 1828 once again saw Adams vs Jackson ... a new low for mud-slinging. (President & United States of America & Election) Ultimate Guide to the Presidents: Power to the People e2
77,935. It will be a sad day for this country when a leading politician cannot spend his election expenses in any way he sees fit. (Judge & Politician & Election) Peter Cook, Secret Policeman’s Ball 1989
45,343. An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. (Politics & Election) George Eliot, Felix Holt
49,901. Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. (Election & Democracy) Gore Vidal
45,422. The only difference between Hitler and Bush is that Hitler was elected. (Politics & Election & Bush & Nazis: Hitler) Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions