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On Taking on the Mobilized Capitalist Class in Elections: an Interview With Noam Chomsky

In this interview at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, I sat down with Laureate Professor Noam Chomsky to discuss electoral politics, the prospects for progressives in upcoming primaries, and the difficulties candidates face with their internal party apparatus, the media and big money challengers, as well as navigating complicated foreign policies and positions. Chomsky weighs in on the continued aftershocks of the Sanders campaign as well as the problematic issue of BDS and how progressives and third parties can reorganize and repurpose forward thinking stances to refocus on future elections.

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The amazing thing about 2016 was the Sanders campaign.  It's the first time in American history that a candidate probably could have won, if it hadn't been for party managers who kept him out, with no funding from the corporate sector, and no funding from the wealthy, and no media support.  So, it's a real breakthrough, but to carry out [a potential eclipse of the donor class] moving forward is going to be really hard because there's also going to be a mobilized effort on the part of the entire capitalist class, Republican and Democrat, to prevent that from happening.  In fact, if Sanders had run I think he would have been slaughtered by the propaganda, and it would have been massive propaganda about this Jewish, atheist, communist that wants to bring immigrants in to kill everybody.

It's kind of like what you see with Jeremy Corbyn.  I mean, both the Tories and the Labour Party -- the Labour Parliamentarians, the Blair guys, the media, like The Guardian -- they're all trying to destroy him. These latest attacks on him for anti-Semitism are just insane, but they'll do anything to try to destroy his chances because he's trying to create a political party in which people actually participate; not just the rich and powerful guys who tell you what to do, and that's intolerable.  So, I think maybe it's going to be a real fight.

h/t AG @BooMan

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 05:36:46 PM EST

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