US moving towards fascism and social collapse: Noam Chomsky

2022-01-01 20:40:26
US moving towards fascism and social collapse: Noam Chomsky

Renowned US scholar and political activist Noam Chomsky has warned that America is moving towards fascism with massive social collapse and class warfare, criticizing the Republican Party for its complicity in the process.

He made the remarks in an interview with Democracy Now, an hour-long American TV, radio and internet news program, published on Thursday.

Chomsky said the Republican Party is “marching” the world to destruction by ignoring the climate emergency.

“The Republican Party, under Trump, and his minions — he basically owns the party — they have been in the lead of trying to destroy the prospects for organized human life on Earth, not just unilaterally pulling out of the Paris Agreement, but acting with enthusiasm to maximize fossil fuel use, to dismantle the systems that somewhat mitigated their effects, denial of what’s happening, reaching a huge number of loyal almost worshipers, partly through their media system, in other ways,” he added.

“When the United States is the most powerful, important country in world history, when it races to the precipice, has an impact on others. Other things that are happening are bad enough, but with the United States in the lead and marching to destruction, the future is very dim. And it’s our responsibility here to control it, to terminate it, to turn the country back to sanity — don’t even like to say “back” — turn it to sanity on these issues, before it’s too late.”

He also said that the Republicans are 100% opposed to allowing what their own constituents very much approve of while managing the propaganda system so that their constituents don’t even know about it.

In reality, he noted, neoliberalism translates as bitter class war contrary to what it means in the dictionary.

“Well, we have been through a 40-year, 45-year assault on the general population within the framework of what’s called neoliberalism. And it’s had a very serious impact. There are even some measures of it. So, the RAND Corporation, super respectable, did a study recently of the, what they politely call, transfer of wealth from the lower 90% of the population — that’s working-class and middle-class — the transfer of wealth from them to the very rich during the last 40 years. Their estimate is on the order of $50 trillion. They call it transfer of wealth. We should call it robbery,” Chomsky explained.

“CEO salaries, management salaries have skyrocketed. A large part, probably a majority, of the population by now is basically surviving paycheck to paycheck, very little in reserve. If they have a health problem or something else, they’re in deep trouble, especially with the lack of social support in the country.”

The US professor further said it is “very possible” that Donald Trump will become US president again.

“The Republican strategy, which I described, has been successful: Do as much damage as you can to the country, blame it on the Democrats, develop all sorts of fanciful tales about the hideous things that the communists, the Democrats, are doing to your children, to the society, in a country which is subjected to social collapse, to atomization, to lack of organized ability to respond in ideas and actions that can be successful. And we’re seeing it right now. So, yes, it’s very possible that the denialist party will come back into power, that Trump will be back, or someone like him, and then we’ll be simply racing to the precipice,” he added.


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