Adolf Hitler rose to power during a duration of similar social tumult as that which presently garnered Donald Trump such fervent support, according to Noam Chomsky. In a recent interview with Aaron Williams for Alternet, Chomsky discussed how fear, alone, does not adequately explain Trump's unexpected popularity:
“Fear, along with the breakdown of society during the neoliberal period. People feel isolated, helpless, victim of powerful forces they do not understand and cannot influence.”
Governmental control over the lives of the U.S.' people has increased greatly in recent time. With couple of opportunities for effective protest-- as in the example of Texas and other states, which have actually passed laws forbidding regions to prohibit fracking-- there is no shock such outsiders as Bernie Sanders and Trump have accumulated crowds of followers.
In truth, as Chomsky warned, the existing social ambience that caused Donald Trump's increase might really be even worse than the accumulation to fascism in the early twentieth century:
“It’s interesting to compare the situation in the ‘30s, which I’m old enough to remember. Objectively, poverty and suffering were far greater. 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.”
Both Jeremy Corbyn in the U.K. and Sanders in the United States have actually communicated indications of compassion towards traditional labor movements, Chomsky noted, calling the Vermont senator “an honest and decent New Deal Democrat.”
He included, tellingly, “The fact that they are regarded as ‘extreme’ is a comment on the shift to the right of the whole political spectrum during the neoliberal period.”
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