Quantcast
Connect with us

Noam Chomsky: Trump administration undermines all ‘prospects for decent survival’

Published

on

American intellectual and social critic Noam Chomsky took some time to reflect on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days thus far in a new interview with Truthout.

Chomsky has previously called Trump’s election victory a “literal threat to [human] survival,” arguing in particular that the president’s positions on climate change and nuclear weapons treaties (specifically the potential reversal of the Iran deal) pose a very real danger.

In his interview with Truthout, he further pushes that claim, explaining how the far right movement appears to be dedicated “to undermining our prospects for decent survival.”

Noting that “the clock was moved again to 2 ½ minutes to midnight” in just the first days of Trump’s term, Chomsky discussed environmental disaster, the rise of the far right, and the hope for the future.

“Trump and his allies … cheerily lead the race to environmental destruction,” Chomsky said, and pointed to coordinated effort between his cabinet and the “reactionary fringe of the Republican establishment” to enrich “the rich and powerful.”

ADVERTISEMENT

According to Chomsky, the efforts within the Trump team, particular regarding the president and his Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, appear to be a planned “two-pronged operation.”

They “have the task of dominating TV and headlines with one wild performance after another, the assumption apparently being that [Trump’s] fabrications will quickly be forgotten as the next episode displaces them, and the base will be satisfied for a time, believing that their champion is standing up for them,” he said. But his rural and working-class constituency will feel the brunt of his policies.

Chomsky notes that Trump’s “ultra-right billionaire cabinet and other appointees, [were] selected very carefully to destroy whatever within their domains might be helpful to mere humans, but not to the chosen few of extreme wealth and power.”

ADVERTISEMENT

This is already very clear when looking at the president’s budget proposals. “Expand the military and lavish gifts on the rich and powerful, while the rest are somehow to fend for themselves,” said Chomsky.

When it comes to the repeated campaign promises of bringing back jobs, Chomsky deflated that idea with a reminder that in US political discourse, the term “jobs” really only means “profits.”

 

ADVERTISEMENT

If that seems bleak, he notes that there is still hope for the future and a shift in the US social and political landscape. He pointed to the support behind former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, particularly among young Americans — not that Sanders is the answer for the future, but that his calls for “political revolution” and even his use of the word “socialism” signal a looming change.


Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘He’s lost his mind’: Lindsey Graham’s latest defense of Trump’s racist attacks leaves Americans sick to their stomach

Published

on

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was dragged over the coals on Thursday morning for defending Donald Trump's increasingly racist attacks on Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) saying it was "love it or leave it" 1968 politics having nothing to do with race.

Speaking with reporters the morning after Trump incited rallygoers to chant "send her back" after he launched an ugly attack on the Democratic lawmakers, Graham said the president couldn't be a racist because he would never encourage the repatriation of a Somali immigrant if they were wearing a MAGA hat.

Graham's glib defense outraged Twitter users who had already thought the conservative senator had hit rock bottom when it came to defending the president.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Jeffrey Epstein denied bail — will stay in jail until sex trafficking trial

Published

on

A federal judge denied bail bail to Jeffrey Epstein after his arrest on sex-trafficking charges.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman heard arguments from prosecutors and Epstein's attorneys Monday but waited until Thursday to issue his ruling.

Prosecutors argued that Epstein, who has pleaded not guilty, should remain jailed because he's a danger to the public and a flight risk, pointing to a phony passport listing a Saudi Arabia residence that was found in a safe at his New York home, along with cash and diamonds.

Defense lawyers insisted Epstein would not flee the country and asked for him to be released on house arrest at his Manhattan townhouse and equipped with GPS monitoring.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

The FBI believes Donald Trump and Hope Hicks discussed silencing Stormy Daniels with payments

Published

on

New court documents released from the Southern District of New York revealed that Hope Hicks and Donald Trump were both involved with the hush-money payments given to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

The information released were documents related to the search warrant for the campaign finance violations that former Trump fixer Michael Cohen pled guilty to. They were supposed to be fully unredacted, however, dozens of pages and names remain redacted.

"The government has effectively concluded its investigation of (1) who, besides Michael Cohen, was involved in and may be criminally liable for the two campaign finance violations to which Cohen pled guilty [redacted]; and (2) whether certain individuals, [redacted], made false statements gave false testimony or otherwise obstructed justice in connection with this investigation [redacted]," the documents revealed.

Continue Reading
 
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

Join Me. Try Raw Story Investigates for $1. Invest in Journalism. Escape Ads.
close-image