The lefty social thinker Noam Chomsky has some warnings about Donald Trump.
Amid some harebrained support of various socialist programs, Chomsky said during an interview with the Pacific Standard that Trump is "kind of a con man.”
“He was able to say things to a sector of the population that, in a way, articulated their own concerns and feelings, and did it pretty effectively.”
“To what extent that reflects his own views, to the extent that he has views, is very hard to say.” he added, noting that Trump parroted “anti-establishment,” anti-Wall Street rhetoric before hiring five former Goldman Sachs employees. [Now seven.-RW]
“He says he’s going to bring back jobs and coal and manufacturing,” Chomsky noted. “How’s he going to do that?"
Chomsky warned that when Trump fails to deliver on his promises, he’s likely to make “ a standard move that’s made by authoritarian figures and authoritarian structures,” namely, “blame it on people who are even more vulnerable and who are suffering even more than you are.”
Discussing a “post-truth world,” Chomsky said that propaganda often functions with “little bits and pieces of truth scattered around, enough to base a post-fact world on.” Just enough, he said, to convince “maybe the most civilized and educated part of the world down to the utter depths of barbarism.”
(via Raw Story)