Liberal Icon: Trump’s Popularity Signals The ‘Breakdown Of Society’

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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MIT professor and noted left-wing academic Noam Chomsky attributes Donald Trump’s wild popularity to “fear, and the breakdown of society during the neoliberal period.”

Chomsky told Alternet Tuesday that the fear gripping many Americans is reminiscent of the 1930’s, “which [he’s] old enough to remember.”

“Objectively, poverty and suffering were far greater,” he added. “But even among poor working people and the unemployed, there was a sense of hope that is lacking now, in large part because of the growth of a militant labor movement and also the existence of political organizations outside the mainstream.”

“People feel isolated, helpless, victim of powerful forces that they do not understand and cannot influence.”

Chomsky declined to predict the winner of the 2016 election.

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