The person who said this is renowned linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky. How did Trump beat out the usual favorites for that title such as Hitler and Stalin? Chomsky explains in an interview that while those people targeted specific groups of people for extermination, Trump’s appalling policies that will aggravate global warming risks the extinction of everyone.
Stalin was a monster. Was he trying to destroy organized human life on earth?
Yes, he was trying to destroy lots of lives but not organized human life on earth, nor was Adolf Hitler. He was an utter monster but not dedicating his efforts perfectly consciously to destroying the prospect for human life on earth.
Let’s take some of [the Trump administration’s] publications. A couple of years ago, you may recall the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a several-hundred-page analysis. They concluded that, on our present course, we’re likely to reach four degrees Celsius, seven degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels by the end of the century. That’s an utter cataclysm. Any climate scientist will tell you that. And they drew a conclusion from it. We should not put restrictions on automotive and truck emissions. We should limit the restrictions. Can you find a counterpart to that in human history? Please tell me.
I’m not talking about Trump the human being. I couldn’t care less about him. I’m talking about the policies. The policies are clear; the understanding is clear. There is nobody that’s not living under a rock that can’t comprehend that maximizing the use of fossil fuels and eliminating the restrictions is going to lead to disaster. The document I just mentioned assumes that we’re racing toward total disaster.
And yet, there is a serious chance that the people of the US may actually re-elect this person despite his appalling record while in office.