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Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Noam Chomsky, election 2016, Donald Trump )

Judy
- 943 days ago - truth-out.org
Some years ago, public intellectual Noam Chomsky warned that the political climate in the US was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian figure. Now, he shares his thoughts on the aftermath of this election...



   

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Kathleen M (208)
Monday November 14, 2016, 1:41 pm
Noted. Thx Judy. We are F****D!
 

Animae C (509)
Monday November 14, 2016, 3:48 pm
'authoritarian figure', to say the least!
i am very disappointed to see the media & even some here on C2 attempting to normalize trump!

TY Judy
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday November 14, 2016, 4:05 pm
Noam Chomsky brilliant insight into the dangerous destructive nature of malevolence that is the right-wing reptile of Republicanism (Conservativism, Tory, Daily Maul etc. toxicity.)
 

Bill K (3)
Monday November 14, 2016, 5:01 pm
What's even scarier than Drumpf in the White House is the cabinet he's putting together to do the work for him while he's in the White House.
 

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday November 14, 2016, 6:28 pm
Most people have a lot to lose with Trump as president. I am so poor, so old, and haven't had any major health screening in years. If something happens to me I won't be here to suffer what fools voted for.
 

Glennis Whitney (393)
Monday November 14, 2016, 8:15 pm
This gets scarier everyday with whom Trump is putting in his cabinet Pity the USA Thank you for caring and sharing Judy.
 

Glennis Whitney (393)
Monday November 14, 2016, 8:16 pm
Great article and prediction Thank you for caring and sharing Judy.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 6:24 am
Gloria, as you brought it up on the thread, at your age are you not finally entitled to Medicare? If so there are free to low cost supplemental insurance policies to attach with it. Even Medicare alone you can have a some medical procedures without going into the having to pick up the 20% coverage that Medicare doesn't pay. If you haven't looked into it you should. Here is a link for MEDICARE
 

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 6:40 am
Some years ago, public intellectual Noam Chomsky warned that the political climate in the US was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian figure.

Yes he did, so to did Chris Hedges, Bernie Sanders, Dr. Jill Stein, and other voices but few paid them any mind. The 3rd Way Corporate Dem's were in control and things were going well for them personally, so surrounded by that protective bubble what change did they want to make?

I kept hearing about the "glass ceiling shattering" and that is all fine and well if Hillary had some truly good Progressive policies behind her, like Universal Health Care, but all we got from here was "it isn't going to be happening." What? You mean you are not even going to try???

So the glass ceiling might of been a rallying call for the few women that have done well in their lives, are in DC surrounding her, or in other industries that they have rose up the ranks, but for the majority of women it matters little about a glass ceiling to the White House when they can't afford a glass of milk for their child. I hardly think glass ceilings mean much when you are stuck in a low wage minimum wage job that many of the women are relegated to in the fast food industry, day care, and the retail giants.

So out of touch with what it means to be a true feminist. The rallying call to be able to move into positions that are non traditional to women served it's purpose back in the sixties and seventies but that was then we need to fix and address major issues now that affect more women. Back then at least women still had a bit of protection, there was a "safety net" that Bill Clinton has shredded and women were not dealing with the entrenched neoliberal policies that exist today. Policies that both Reaganomics, Bush's wars, and the hurtful policies like removing Glass-Steagall that Bill Clinton brought in.

Yes, people are angry, they are suffering, been suffering for a long time, and nothing is coming out of DC that seems to be improving their lives, despite how hard the average American is trying to work, educate themselves etc. All we get is more of the same or worse laid upon us, while we watch bankers rip off the public and no one held accountable, while a few grow richer while everyone else scrambles for crumbs, while our health premiums climb and the care grows worse, and while the majority of people are working more and more hours they read that Congress is on another vacation and then when they are in DC they do nothing to fix anything. Both sides pointing the fingers back and forth - so yes, drain the swamp sounds good - too many don't have time to learn about what is truly going on - so sound bites work and here we are.



 

Dot A (180)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 10:33 am
- drain the swamp, and find that evil still exists - Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and this nation has mistakenly voted for one of the most power hungry humans to ever walk among us. We must stay vigilant as the days unfold. While all the talk before the election failed to convince the voters to select Hillary over the "win at all costs," Trump, it seems rather grim that his manipulation of the minds of the majority of the population will be tempered with compassion and the ideals of the Founding Fathers, - who, btw, that ideals are not reality, - ideals are goals not yet met. I doubt if our future president was inspired by such virtues. It seems that much of our nation has been brain washed by nonsensical entertainment that holds out empty carrots which strip our personal characters of intelligence and higher reasoning. The election proved it. The 'vote your conscience' "trick" was to take away the Democrat's possible edge to win. The Republicans pulled off a takeover of the best part of being an American. Our Nation's Pride has been tarnished. Russia and China are pleased. The 1% are pleased. Those who dream of being 'Trump-Like' are pleased. But, the power of the corrupt cannot bring about an American Dream for the masses, and neither would a power monger gain that position if they didn't have to walk over and trample anyone who got in their way of complete and utter power. We are in for a very GOOD fight for hope in the future of what this nation was born to bring upon the Earth. It's always been a fight, and 2017 will bring out the best of us, doing our best, believing in the best, and hoping that each of us will make a difference to keep the United States a nation of ideals, where the freedom to think, to speak, to live - will be preserved for humanity, not the elite and privileged. It is a GOOD fight.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 12:29 pm
Unfortunately, what the 1% fail to compute is, that without assistance of the rest of the 99% percent, life, industry and environment will continue to be degraded. . . which WILL affect the 1%.

Plus, you can't cheat death, no matter how deluded the rich and wealthy are.
 

Monika V (449)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 12:56 pm
Pleased about Trump's election in Europe are also
"the ultranationalist far-right parties in Europe -- whose leaders were quick to congratulate Trump on his victory, perceiving him as one of their own: [Nigel] Farage, [Marine] Le Pen, [Viktor] Orban and others like them."
Frightening, indeed.
Thank you Judy for sharing!
 

Kate K (215)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 1:25 pm
The only reason I would be surprised at anything Donald Trump does is if it is good.for someone besides himself and his cronies;other wise I expect only bad things, some bordering on catastrophe. Although I did not see them Gary Trudeau was apparently writing Doonesbury careens about Tump years ago. Someone also sent me a picture of him where he is telling people that if he runs for President he would run as a Republican because they are so stupid they would be live anything he said even if he lied. That sure came true.
 

Evelyn B (6)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 3:32 pm
Noted Tks..Judy..
 

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 4:06 pm
And now we see Trump wants his four members of his family to have security clearance, we will see. They will be running his business but~~.
thank you
 

Wayne W (12)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 9:19 pm
Here’s some information from Michael Phelan from Social Security Works:

Speaker Ryan has long dreamed of dismantling our Social Security and Medicare systems, and now he’s got the power to do it. Along with Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, Ryan is stocking Trump’s transition team with long-time champions of Social Security privatization.

We can’t allow Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to ram through a privatization scheme that will dismantle Social Security and Medicare as we know them, leaving the American people at the mercy of Wall Street and the health insurance industry.

Trump has named Mike Korbey and Dorcas Hardy to oversee the transition at the Social Security Administration. Korbey – a former George W. Bush advisor – has called Social Security “broken and bankrupt” while Hardy – a former member of Ronald Reagan’s administration – has openly advocated for privatization and called for the closure of hundreds of Social Security offices around the country.

We already know that House Speaker Paul Ryan is salivating over the possibility of privatizing Social Security and Medicare – handing our hard earned benefits over to Wall Street bankers and insurance companies.

Ryan Plans to Phase Out Medicare in 2017
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/ryan-plans-to-phase-out-medicare-in-2017

First, Ryan claims that Obamacare has put Medicare under deeper financial stress. Precisely the opposite is true. And it's so straightforward Ryan unquestionably knows this. The Affordable Care Act actually extended Medicare's solvency by more than a decade. Ryan's claim is flat out false.

So if you're nearing retirement and looking forward to going on Medicare, good luck. You're going to get private insurance but you'll get some subsidies from the government to pay the bill.
 

Kay M (46)
Tuesday November 15, 2016, 9:33 pm
Good evening and thank you for this article - which i read and noted- oh how scary this information is- I PRAY EVERY NIGHT THAT GOD WILL BLESS AND PROTECT US - so we may all survive a 4 year term of these alt-right / trump people and followers- sincerely KAY M.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday November 16, 2016, 12:19 am
Shared your article over social media, Wayne, to highlight awareness.
 

Mari D (81)
Wednesday November 16, 2016, 5:38 pm
Thank you!
 
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