In an interview with BBC’s Newsnight, renowned academic linguist, author, and political commentator Noam Chomsky has said that he actually believes today’s Republican Party is “more dangerous than ISIS” to the future and welfare of the United States, whether or not Donald Trump or the voters who supported will ever be willing to admit it.
He admits the statement is “outrageous” but stands by the veracity of it, saying:
“It’s an outrageous statement and when I said it, I said, ‘Look, this is a very outrageous statement, but is it true? Is Isis dedicated to trying to destroy the prospect for organised human existence? What does it mean to say we’re not doing anything about climate change, but we’re trying to accelerate the race to the precipice?
It doesn’t matter whether they genuinely believe it [climate change] or not. The people who genuinely believe that Christ is coming in their lifetime do genuinely believe it, but if the consequence of that is let’s use more fossil fuels, let’s refuse to subsidise developing countries, let’s eliminate regulations that reduce greenhouse gas emissions – if that the consequence, that’s extremely dangerous.
Unless you’re living under a rock, you have to recognize the seriousness of this threat.”
According to a recent Morning Consult survey just 39 percent of registered voters believe that American is moving in the right direction:
“In the most recent Morning Consult survey, 39 percent of registered voters said they thought the United States was headed in the right direction, while 61 percent said it was on the wrong track. It’s the lowest indicator of voter optimism since President Donald Trump was inaugurated — when 38 percent said the country was on the right track, vs. 62 percent who disagreed — and it’s also down 8 points from the high point of the Trump presidency in early and mid-April, when almost half (47 percent) said the country was trending positively.”
But Noam Chomsky, on the other hand, has been doubting that this country is heading in the right direction since before it was cool. He’s believe the United States is on the wrong track since it first adopted a neoliberal economic model of global U.S. economic and military hegemony several decades ago. And he warns things are about to get a whole lot worse.
Speaking at Crotty Hall on UMass Amherst, during the opening of the first zero net energy building at UMass Amherst on April 13, Chomsky started off his address with an expository on why the current feeling of despair that has ravaged the people of “Trump country” is a phenomenon quite unique to the United States of America.
“[There’s been] a dramatic increase in mortality among middle-aged white Americans without college degrees, beginning in 1999, recently documented by [Princeton professors] Anne Case and Angus Deaton,” he said.
Case and Deaton found the pattern has spread nationwide in the past two decades, with no end in sight.
“It’s a phenomenon unknown apart from war and pestilence,” Chomsky said.
“They have an updated current analysis where they attribute the increase in mortality to despair and loss of status of working people under the neoliberal miracle, which are concomitants of heightened worker insecurity.
Another such effect reached international prominence in November 2017 when the same sectors of the population that are suffering increased mortality then turned for rescue to their bitter class enemy out of understandable but self-destructive desperation.
The consequences for working people are now being exhibited behind the facade of Trump/Bannon/Spicer bluster before the cameras,” said Chomsky. “This is the systematic enactment of the [Paul] Ryan legislative programs, which are unusually savage even for the ultra-right.
There’s probably worse to come, as further blows to working people are authorized by the Trump/Roberts Court.”