Noam Chomsky: Moral Depravity Defines US Politics
Date Written: 21/11/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23132
An interview with Noam Chomsky where he discusses the political parties' lack of focus on crucial issues. Though made hopeful by young progessive candidates winning in the midterms, electoral politics should not be the focus for radical political change.
Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage. There was plenty of criticism of the Trump administration, but scarcely a word about by far the most ominous positions the administration has taken: increasing the already dire threat of nuclear war, and racing to destroy the physical environment that organized human society needs in order to survive.
These are the most critical and urgent questions that have arisen in all of human history. The fact that they scarcely arose in the campaign is truly stunning - and carries some important, if unpleasant, lessons about our moral and intellectual culture.