Noam Chomsky, noted philosopher and activist, said that the views and policies of the Republican Party have become so extreme that they now pose a “serious danger to human survival.”
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Chomsky, who is known for his criticisms of both political parties, took aim at the GOP.
Today, the Republican Party has drifted off the rails. It’s become what the respected conservative political analysts Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein call ‘a radical insurgency’ that has pretty much abandoned parliamentary politics.
Chomsky cited an article from 2013 authored by Mann and Ornstein, which stated that the Republican party has become “ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”
According to Chomsky, the Republican party has rejected climate change as a fact that needs to be dealt with, which in his words is a “looming environmental catastrophe,” thus making the GOP and the candidates “literally a serious danger to decent human survival.” All of the party’s top candidates deny climate change, either in its’ entirety or at least in the serious threat it poses – “dooming our grandchildren.”
In a recent interview with Al Jazeera, Chomsky put it in very simple terms: “What they are saying is, let’s destroy the world. Is that worth voting against? Yeah.”
The renowned scholar recommended that voters employ “strategic voting” during the upcoming elections. Chomsky said the U.S. no longer has a true two-party system, but rather only “one-party,” the business party, that is split into two factions, Republicans and Democrats. Still, he said the small differences between the factions can make a “huge difference in systems of enormous power.”
I’ve always counseled strategic voting, Chomsky said. “Meaning, in a swing state, or swing congressional district, or swing school board, if there is a significant enough difference to matter, vote for the better candidate — or sometimes the least bad.
If he lived in a swing state, Chomsky said he would vote for Hillary Clinton. However, this is not in any way an endorsement of her. In Chomsky’s opinion, her policies would be too similar to those of President Obama, who he has strongly criticized for the use of drone strikes.
Although Chomsky has criticisms of Bernie Sanders as well, he says Sanders “has the best policies,” and is an “honest and committed New Dealer.”
Chomsky says that regardless of who ends up being the Democratic nominee, he will be voting “against the Republican candidate,” as the important thing is to make sure a Democrat is in the White House because the GOP candidates are downright “dangerous.”
The likely candidates are, in my opinion, extremely dangerous, at least if they mean anything like what they are saying,” Chomsky said. “I think it makes good sense to keep them far away from levers of power.
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