Noam Chomsky has warned in an interview to New York Times that Donald Trump presents an “existential threat” to humanity.
The philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist, urged the resistance movement and the mainstream media alike to countered with “direct and dedicated” activism to combat the Republican administration’s policies.”
“Ridicule is not enough” to defeat the US President, he said.
Noam Chomsky told the New York Times that two biggest threats posed by his presidency are climate change and nuclear war.
“On the former, the Republican leadership, in splendid isolation from the world, is almost unanimously dedicated to destroying the chances for decent survival; strong words, but no exaggeration.”
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Chomsky has named the GOP “the most dangerous organization in world history.”
For Chomsky, the question is how Democrats can recapture the White House before the planet’s fate is sealed.
“For the majority of the base, Trump and the more savage wing of the Republican establishment are not far from their standard attitudes. He added that “Three-quarters had incomes above the median. About one-third had incomes of over $100,000 a year, and thus were in the top 15 percent of personal income, in the top 6 percent of those with only a high school education.”
“It’s necessary to address the concerns and beliefs of those who are taken in by the fraud, or who don’t recognize the nature and significance of the issues for other reasons,” he added.
Last month President Trump withdrew from the Paris Agreement on climate change. “The performances are so utterly absurd regarding the ‘post-truth’ moment that the proper response might best be ridicule,” Chomsky said.
“Ridicule is not enough. It’s necessary to address the concerns and beliefs of those who are taken in by the fraud, or who don’t recognize the nature and significance of the issues for other reasons.
“Beyond that, what is needed is action: urgent and dedicated, in the many ways that are open to us.”
Yesterday he said he was considering “severe things” due to North Korea’s testing an intercontinental ballistic missile.
He warned the President’s promises to expand the US nuclear arsenal, engaged with global tensions and “poses extraordinary dangers.”
“In these cases,” he told correspondent George Yancy, citizen action can reverse highly critical programs and press Washington to explore diplomatic options instead of the near-reflexive resort to force and coercion in other areas, including North Korea and Iran.
“There are in fact many ways to combat the Trump project of creating a tiny America, isolated from the world, cowering in fear behind walls while pursuing the Paul Ryan-style domestic policies that represent the most savage wing of the Republican establishment,” he added:
In May a leading psychiatrist John Zinner warned that Trump’s mental health posed an “existential threat” to the world because of his power to launch nuclear weapons. His inability to feel guilt made humanity “vulnerable” to his “inner rage.”