Chomsky has warned that the political climate in the U.S. is ripe for the rise of an authoritarian figure.
The following excerpt is from the forthcoming book Optimism Over Despair on Capitalism, Empire, and Social Change by Noam Chomsky and C.J. Polychroniou from Haymarket Books. This interview is copyright 2016 Noam Chomsky and C.J. Polychroniou.
On Nov. 8, 2016, Donald Trump managed to pull the biggest upset in U.S. politics by tapping successfully into the anger of white voters and appealing to the lowest inclinations of people in a manner that would have probably impressed Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels himself.
But what exactly does Trump’s victory mean, and what can one expect from this megalomaniac when he takes the reins of power on Jan. 20, 2017? What is Trump’s political ideology, if any, and is “Trumpism” a movement? Will U.S. foreign policy be any different under a Trump administration?
Some years ago, public intellectual Noam Chomsky warned that the political climate in the U.S. was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian figure. Now, he shares his thoughts on the aftermath of this election, the moribund state of the U.S. political system and why Trump is a real threat to the world and the planet in general.