noam chomsky, interview by david dobereiner, john hess, doug richardson & tom woodhull, january 1974

…capitalism is basically a system where everything is for sale, and the more money you have, the more you can get. and, in particular, that’s true of freedom. freedom is one of the commodities that is for sale, and if you are affluent, you can have a lot of it. it shows up in all sorts of ways. it shows up if you get in trouble with the law, let’s say, or in any aspect of life it shows up. and for that reason it makes a lot of sense, if you accept capitalist system, to try to accumulate property, not just because you want material welfare, but because that guarantees your freedom, it makes it possible for you to amass that commodity. […] what you’re going to find is that the defense of free institutions will largely be in the hands of those who benefit from them, namely the wealthy, and the powerful. they can purchase that commodity and, therefore, they want those institutions to exist, like free press, and all that.


“…self-management, democratic control of institutions, whether they are communities or workplaces or any others… these are all perfectly feasible alternatives; there is no economic or political theory that tells us there is anything wrong with them. they conflict with the structure of existing power systems and therefore the educational and cultural system tries to drive them our of your minds and make them seem insane or crazy or unthinking. but there is nothing unthinkable about them and you can move towards realizing them.” — noam chomsky