Noam Chomsky made some headlines in the aftermath of the 2016 US election. Some, like Christopher Hooton of The Independent, suggested that Chomsky called the Donald Trump victory well ahead of time.
The now moderately-famous quote regarding Chomsky is that he claimed someone with charisma could win the White House by suggesting that "the illegal immigrants and the blacks" were the problems in America. "We will be told that white males are a persecuted minority," Chomsky claimed in 2010. Those are sentiments that Donald Trump seemed to tap into on his successful bid for the American presidency and many have since recognized Chomsky's insight due to that.
Noam Chomsky commented on Bernie Sanders
Earlier this month, the professor interviewed with Saul Isaacson where he, Chomsky, spoke to some support of Bernie Sanders. But one interesting claim that Chomsky made had to do with the perception of Sanders as some kind of "political revolutionary," a description that Chomsky voiced disagreement with. "He's a decent, honest New Dealer. He wouldn't have surprised Eisenhower very much," Chomsky claimed referring to the Republican president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. "It's just the country has gone so far to the right, that when he takes sort of New Deal positions, he looks like he's from outer space" (qtd. in an interview at Truth-out.org).
The New Deal that Chomsky mentions has to do with Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States and a Democrat. The New Deal has been described as "the domestic program of the administration of...Roosevelt between 1933 and 1939, which took action to bring about immediate economic relief as well as reforms in industry, agriculture, finance, waterpower, labour, and housing, vastly increasing the scope of the federal government’s activities" (Britannica.com). In describing Sanders as a "New Dealer" Chomsky inherently draws parallels between Roosevelt and Sanders. In saying that Sanders "wouldn't have surprised Eisenhower very much" I think Chomsky is speaking to how politics has changed in general in the USA. Someone like Sanders used to be president, but nowadays the Democrat seems like a radical. Arguably that is sad commentary for true progressives that look to the Democratic Party, not just as a lesser evil compared to the Republican Party but as a viable option to reverse the effects of right-wing politics.
Keith Ellison a "New Dealer" too?
Perhaps it's with that in mind that Michael Moore's recent comments could be looked at. He has argued for a purge of the Democratic Party and is in favor of Keith Ellison, a Member of Congress from Minnesota's 5th District. Ellison has momentum right now with the DNC, something that has implications for 2020, a future presidency, and perhaps some effects on the emerging Republican rule of Donald Trump.
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