Know as a US Foreign policy critic, highly respected academic, professor and author talks about how Donal Trumps' rise is the effect of a society that is breaking down from all angles.
Williams: What are your opinions on the surprising progress of Donald Trump? Could it be explained by a climate of fear?
Chomsky: Fear, along with the breakdown of society during the neoliberal period. People feel isolated, helpless, victim of powerful forces that they do not understand and cannot influence. It’s interesting to compare the situation in the ‘30s, which I’m old enough to remember. Objectively, poverty and suffering were far greater. But even among poor working people and the unemployed, there was a sense of hope that is lacking now, in large part because of the growth of a militant labor movement and also the existence of political organizations outside the mainstream.
Williams: With like outspoken socialists Bernie Sanders and UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's current successes, is this a new political age and is this a direct result of austerity?
Chomsky: Sanders, in my opinion, is an honest and decent New Deal Democrat. Corbyn expresses stands of traditional Labour. The fact that they are regarded as “extreme” is a comment on the shift to the right of the whole political spectrum during the neoliberal period.
Williams: Who do you see becoming the next U.S. president?
Chomsky: I can express hopes and fears, but not predictions.
Here is the complete interview done at Alternet