Chomsky says Trump presidency catastrophic for human race

Chomsky says Trump presidency catastrophic for human race


Globally acclaimed American philosopher Noam Chomsky who predicted rise of rightwing leader six years ago said Donald Trump’s presidency and his denial of climate change is catastrophic for human race.Chomsky particular warned of catastrophic effects of global warming on South Asia where population is already facing water shortage with melting Himalayan glaciers.Commenting on Trump’s victory that he predicted in 2010 interview, the respected scholar termed the US Republican Party as “the most dangerous organisation in world history” because of the party’s denial of climate change.In a fresh interview with Truthout website here, leading scholar said Trump has already appointed Myron Ebell, a prominent climate change denier to run his transition team covering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other advisers include people with close links to the fossil fuel industry.

“It is hard to find words to capture the fact that humans are facing the most important question in their history — whether organised human life will survive in anything like the form we know — and are answering it by accelerating the race to disaster,” he said.The professor particularly mentioned South Asia as example of climate change hit region. “In Bangladesh alone, tens of millions are expected to have to flee from low-lying plains in coming years because of sea level rise and more severe weather, creating a migrant crisis that will make today’s pale in significance” he said.He said the effects of climate change will be felt across region. “These catastrophic consequences can only increase, not just in Bangladesh but in all of South Asia as temperatures, already intolerable for the poor, inexorably rise and the Himalayan glaciers melt, threatening the entire water supply. Already in India, some 300 million people are reported to lack adequate drinking water. And the effects will reach far beyond.” he said.Quoting a Bangladeshi climate scientist, Chomsky said millions of climate refugees have right to move to countries from which all these greenhouse gases are coming. He pointed to a report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which said the past five years had been the hottest on record and reported rising sea levels, unexpectedly rapid melting of ice and other effects of climate change.Professor Chomsky said Trump has pledged to scrap the United States’ ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which President Barack Obama has hailed as “the moment that we finally decided to save our planet.”Leading climate scientists have expressed dismay and concern about Trump’s election, suggesting it could be an “unmitigated disaster for the planet.” The election on 8th November had given the Republicans total control of the US government and this meant they had now become “the most dangerous organisation in world history”, he said. “The last phrase may seem outlandish, even outrageous. But is it? The facts suggest otherwise. The party is dedicated to racing as rapidly as possible to destruction of organised human life. There is no historical precedent for such a stand,” he said.Professor Chomsky said he could hardly believe climate change had been so little discussed during the election campaign. “It is no less difficult to find words to capture the utterly astonishing fact that in all of the massive coverage of the electoral extravaganza, none of this receives more than passing mention,” he said. “At least I am at a loss to find appropriate words.”In an interview with the same website in 2010, the professor had predicted the election outcome for 2016. “What are people supposed to think if someone says ‘I have got an answer, we have an enemy’? There it was the Jews. Here it will be the illegal immigrants and the blacks. We will be told that white males are a persecuted minority. We will be told we have to defend ourselves and the honour of the nation. Military force will be exalted. People will be beaten up.” he had said.The professor had warned that scenario in US will be more dangerous than Germany owing to American extraordinary military might. “I don’t think all this is very far away. If the polls are accurate it is not the Republicans but the right-wing Republicans, the crazed Republicans, who will sweep the next election,” he had said in 2010.In his fresh interview, however, he said that Trump is not an honest ideologue. “For many years, I have been writing and speaking about the danger of the rise of an honest and charismatic ideologue in the United States, someone who could exploit the fear and anger that has long been boiling in much of the society, and who could direct it away from the actual agents of malaise to vulnerable targets.” he said in recent interview. “But that requires an honest ideologue, a Hitler type, not someone whose only detectable ideology is Me. The dangers, however, have been real for many years, perhaps even more so in the light of the forces that Trump has unleashed,” he said.Chomsky doubts Donald Trump will follow through on his promise to unite America in the victory speech he gave after he officially secured 270 electoral votes and became President-elect.“How is (Trump) going to do that when the nation is so divided and he has already expressed deep hatred for many groups in the United States, including women and minorities?” Chomsky said, drawing comparisons to the victory of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom earlier this year.While asked about next four years under Trump, the professor predicted trouble ahead. “A good deal depends on his appointments and circle of advisers. Early indications are unattractive, to put it mildly. The Supreme Court will be in the hands of reactionaries for many years, with predictable consequences,” he said.If Trump follows through on his Paul Ryan-style fiscal programmes, the professor said, there would be huge benefits for the very rich. “The immediate reaction of the business world reveals that Big Pharma, Wall Street, the military industry, energy industries and other such wonderful institutions expect a very bright future,” he added.When asked whether US foreign policy under a Trump administration would be less militaristic than that of Obama’s he said: “I don’t think one can answer with any confidence. Trump is too unpredictable. There are too many open questions. What we can say is that popular mobilisation and activism, properly organised and conducted, can make a large difference.”


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