When you have a dim view of the situation, and Noam Chomsky comes along to summarize how he sees things, and it pretty much matches you right down the line – well, that’s depressing. Chomsky has a long history of being right: right about Vietnam, right about Linguistics, right about Iraq, right about Bush, right about Obama, and right about Trump.
(@2:00) While this show is going on in public, in the background, the wrecking crew is working. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, the guys who write his executive orders – what they’re doing is systematically dismantling every aspect of government that works for the benefit of the population. This goes from workers rights to pollution, the environment, rules for protecting consumers, anything you can think of is being dismantled and all efforts are being devoted – kind of, almost with fanaticism – to enrich and empower their actual constituency, which is super-wealth and corporate power, who are delighted; that’s why the stock market goes up. The stock market has not much to do with the economy but keeps booming because that’s the rich people and they love what they’re being granted. Now, the worst policies that he’s carried out – the most dangerous – are barely discussed. Those are the two existential threats that we face. We have to face the fact that humans are now in a situation which has never arisen in human history: this generation has to decide whether organized human existence is going to continue. And it’s not a joke.
Trump is a distraction. He’s a self-playing fiddle playing “here come the clowns” while Rome burns.
I first encountered Chomsky around 1967 but I really only remember him because he had a cool name. He was a visiting professor at Columbia before I was born, and was part of the swirl of student unrest that eventually resulted in my dad moving our family to Baltimore. I don’t know if dad ever worked with Chomsky, I’ll have to ask. I suspect Chomsky was pretty busy elsewhere.
Listen to the complex sentences Chomsky can string together just by putting one word that makes sense in front of another. Holy shit, it’s refreshing.
Mark my words: there will come a day when oil company executives and Wall St speculators will be hunted to extinction; it will be worse than the way the SS were hunted down after WWII. People are going to be angry.