Noam Chomsky on post-Covid-19 society: Trump is worse than Hitler, but the peasants are coming with pitchforks - 2020-06-15
At first, it seemed like rhetorical overkill, the kind heard in barroom debates. But Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, made a plausible case for a chilling assessment of arguably the world's most powerful man.
Voting for U.S. President Donald Trump is worse than voting for Hitler, Chomsky affirmed to interviewer Linda Solomon Wood, during a Canada's National Observer-sponsored webinar in April. "Hitler was maybe the worst criminal in human history." He wanted to murder millions of Jews, Slavs, Roma, homosexuals, others. "But what does Trump want to do? He wants to destroy the prospects for organized human life."
The 91-year-old linguist and social critic remains remarkably optimistic about future options — but only if we collectively confront the three existential crises he identified in a 2019 interview with National Observer — nuclear war, global warming and (presciently) pandemics. He warned then that humanity has to decide "whether organized human society will survive another couple of generations." Trump is exercising "maximum sadism" and exacerbating all three threats, Chomsky now asserts.