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Noam Chomsky

Noam Avram Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. In 1955, he received his[…]

In a functioning democracy, Noam Chomsky claims, people would celebrate on tax day—why then do most Americans view every April 15th as a day of mourning?

Topic: Taxation and democracy  

Noam Chomsky: In a democracy, April 15th, when you pay your taxes, would be a day of celebration.  Here we've gotten together as a community, we've decided on certain policies and now we're moving to implement them by our own participation.  That's not the way it's viewed in the United States.  That's a day of mourning.  There's this alien entity, sort of like a—as if it's from Mars somewhere, which is stealing our hard-earned money from us.  We have to give it up, because we have no choice.

Well, that reflects the undermining of even a conception of democracy.

Recorded on: Aug 18, 2009