The smart way to keep people passive and obedient…

Came across this good Noam Chomsky quote today:

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 – even encourage the more critical and dissident views.

It rung a bell for me given our obsession around flags, bonfires, Irish language act etc. Not that these issues are not important in their own right but it does make you wonder what we don’t discuss.

Also the quote sounded uncannily like the entire premise of the Nolan Show. But you could argue is it the premise of most of the media including us at Slugger. So people in glass houses and all that…

For me I like to go big and question our entire economic model of working long hours to buy crap we don’t need to impress people we don’t like. But hey, that’s how I roll.

What subjects do you think we should be discussing in society?