Political theorist Noam Chomsky has some strong opinions on potential outcomes of Donald Trump’s presidency, warning that the policy-averse Trump may let the Republican Party have free reign over the country.
“On November 8, the most powerful country in the world history, which will set its stamp on what comes next, had an election,” Chomsky said.
“The outcome placed total control of the government — executive, Congress, the Supreme Court — in the hands of the Republican Party, which has become the most dangerous organization in world history.”
Chomsky expressed particular concern about the potential impact on climate science.
“The winning candidate, now the president-elect, calls for rapid increase in use of fossil fuels, including coal; dismantling of regulations; rejection of help to developing countries that are seeking to move to sustainable energy; and in general, racing to the cliff as fast as possible.
It is hard to find words to capture the fact that humans are facing the most important question in their history — whether organized human life will survive in anything like the form we know — and are answering it by accelerating the race to disaster.”
The famed author said that no one should be surprised at the results of the election and that he has been warning of a Trump-like figure for years.
“For many years, I have been writing and speaking about the danger of the rise of an honest and charismatic ideologue in the United States, someone who could exploit the fear and anger that has long been boiling in much of the society, and who could direct it away from the actual agents of malaise to vulnerable targets.
That could indeed lead to what sociologist Bertram Gross called ‘friendly fascism’ in a perceptive study 35 years ago. But that requires an honest ideologue, a Hitler type, not someone whose only detectable ideology is ‘Me.’ The dangers, however, have been real for many years, perhaps even more so in the light of the forces that Trump has unleased.”
When asked about the potential for the businessman turned politician returning to the aggressive militaristic ways of President George W. Bush, Chomsky said that everything is on the table, particularly considering Trump’s erratic temperament, and comfort with contradicting himself.