May 9, 2018
Noam Chomsky told students at St. Olaf College on Friday that the Republican Party is engaged in a “unique insanity which is dedicated to destroying organized human life.”
This comment and more came in the context of Dr. Chomsky’s 90-minute talk, which was intended to serve as this year’s keynote event for the college’s Political Awareness Committee (PAC).
The survival of humanity was a theme throughout the lecture, which opened with a call to the young adults of today, which Chomsky calls the “Europe generation.”
Chomsky, a world-renowned New Left academic who is harshly critical of conservative public policy positions, asserted that this generation “is facing the most awesome question that has ever arisen in human history: the question is will organized human life survive.”
Nuclear war and global warming were the two forces outlined as the primary threats to humanity, but President Donald Trump and the conservative movement in general also came under fire throughout the speech for their stances on these two issues.
Chomsky said he wasn’t surprised with the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, asserting that “for well over a century American elections have been mainly bought, literally,” and that he thinks Trump received “huge media support,” but added that he is, however, unhappy with the current administration.
“Trump, declare victory [in North Korea] if you wanna prance around in public, but please go away and let us move towards peace, disarmament, and unification without disrupting the process,” the professor requested with regard to the ongoing tensions between the United States and North Korea.
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Chomsky summarized his thoughts by characterizing North Korea as a nation seeking peace, speculating that “Trump will find it hard to threaten military action against a country that’s extending…