The role of the United States in the world, the crisis of Western democracies, global warming, the upcoming elections on the American continent, the role of China in the new world order, the role of intellectuals are just some of the topics touched on in the dialogue with Noam Chomsky.
Trump, a unique president in US history
The political activist referred to Richard Nixon, who in the 1960s lost the US election to John Kennedy, who secured victory by backstage and false voting. Nixon came out then, and although he could contest the election and emerge victorious, he decided not to. The reason, Chomsky continued, was not to throw the United States into chaos. “He said he did not want to throw the country into chaos. He cared more about the country than about winning the election. Or think of Al Gore in 2000: the election was stolen, but he said he was not going to contest it. The reason given was the same. So a far-right Republican and a Liberal Democrat had the same position. And now back to Trump. He has already announced that he will not accept the election results if he loses. Does not care. He doesn’t care about the country, he doesn’t care about anything. “
People should no longer categorize the current president as a fascist, Chomsky believes, because it would mean giving him too much credit, given that “fascism is a complex ideology” and it is too much to do. he could understand. “What is he? He’s a kind of tin dictator from a small former colony where governments are overthrown every few years by the military – and that’s what he’s trying to do to transform America. But what is happening now comes out of absolutely any statistics. It has nothing to do with normalcy. ”
In order to stay in the preferences of a certain type of electorate, Trump relies on the ideology of white supremacy, as is well known, with deep roots in the United States. According to a statistic presented by Chomsky, about 10 years ago, only 10% of acts of terrorism were committed in the name of white supremacy. After four years with Trump in Washington, the percentage is 100%. “His messages have an impact … He knows this very well.”
“Under Trump, the United States is consciously heading for disaster,” Chomsky said, with a glimmer of hope coming from Sanders, who decided to cooperate with Joe Biden, Trump’s opponent. “He decided to work with Biden to try to influence the political agenda. A very wise decision. “
Two arguments to remain optimistic
Despite the fragile situation that dominates the world, Noam Chomsky believes that we have two great reasons to remain optimistic. The first is a historical one, namely that “it is much better now than before”.
“It simply came to our notice then. One is to say, “It makes no sense,” “I give up,” “I will let the worst happen”; the other is to say, rightly, that there are opportunities, better or worse, “I will use them and perhaps make the world a better place.” In fact, it is not even a choice between the two “.