C’mon, Noam, Worse Than Hitler?!

The most respected modern far-leftist intellectual is Noam Chomsky. Chomsky is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. He is also a historian, a social critic, and an activist, amongst many other important things. Chomsky completely rearranged my world view with a collection of his transcripts compiled from several of his talks entitled Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky . And I once felt that I could rely on him for infallible guidance as a radical leftist thinker. But I just recently found an interview Chomsky did with Canada’s National Observer published June 15th, 2020 that features a zoom call interview where he is described as proclaiming,

Voting for U.S. President Donald Trump is worse than voting for Hitler, Chomsky affirmed to interviewer Linda Solomon Wood, during a Canada’s National Observer-sponsored webinar in April. “Hitler was maybe the worst criminal in human history.” He wanted to murder millions of Jews, Slavs, Roma, homosexuals, others. “But what does Trump want to do? He wants to destroy the prospects for organized human life.”

Chomsky then explains that Trump is doing this horrible thing by destroying the environment with his policies, and that is what makes him worse than Hitler. (Check from minutes 9:32 to 14:00)

How can anyone possibly think that anyone in our modern age, much less former Pres. Donald J. Trump, rivalled Hitler’s criminality? That is the most insane argument I have ever heard. Yes, Trump will probably go down in history as the worst president the U.S. has ever had. And, yes, he tried to overturn Obamacare, gave huge tax cuts to corporations, and ripped kids from their parent’s arms and put them in cages. But Hitler? The Holocaust? The 25 million dead Russians? The destruction of Europe???

Chomsky then goes on to try and support his absurd claim by laying out an historical anecdote where he describes a document by the Nazi regime that was found. It read that even the Germans knew they had to stop the emission of greenhouse gases to protect the planet from overheating. And that is shocking. But worse than Hitler???

Sorry, Noam, Trump and the GOP do not want to intentionally destroy the entire system of organized life. They just have their heads completely in the sand about the global climate crisis due to business interests. The GOP takes three tracks in their thinking on the enviroment, either, A. climate change is not real, or, B. it is not a result of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, or, C. technology will provide us with a solution to the problem once the situation gets what they consider as out of hand. This is simple ignorance and a complete disregard for people’s lives in the interest of wealthy donors. And I am not absolving them from blame for future catastrophes. But it is not the killing of millions in an attempt to lord over the entirety of Europe!

Let it be said that even as enthusiastic radical leftists we cannot fall into the same trap Chomsky has. Sometimes we need to tone down the rhetoric, if you can believe I am saying that. Lenin and the other Bolsheviks were as radical as they come, yet they maintained reality. If not, they never would have kept the Revolution alive. And Marxism is a theoretical framework we believe in, and over-exaggerating does nothing to further the mechanics of it. Nor does it help the movement. Do you think most proletarians would think Chomsky is a complete kook if they heard the above claim? I am sure they would.

New Anti-Protest Law in Quebec

Are you a democratically elected government trying to cut funding for social programs?  Do those pesky things called the citizens of your country keep yelling about how they don’t want you to do what you are doing?  Are the protests of the people really getting in the way of your daily routine of pretending like you are helping the people you were elected to represent?  Well, the provincial government of Quebec has a solution for you!  Just pass laws that make it harder for people to express their feelings about the bad laws you are passing!  Not only will these new laws take away your headaches they will also ease all that guilt building up in your conscience about making life worse for the people not lucky enough to be you!

(A quick note on that last statement: Yes, I am assuming these folks actually have a conscience.  A theoretical leap, I concede, but I am trying to be perfectly objective as always.)

Joking aside, some Americans might be reasonably shocked to see so much anger and protesting in Canada over the proposed hikes in tuition.  The increase is $254 per year over the course of seven years.  For Canada’s southern neighbors, tuition increases like this have become so routine over the past two decades most of us wouldn’t even react other than to say, “That’s life.”  Canada’s young people must have seen the mountain of debt American students are being crushed by and said, “No, thanks.”  So they have taken to the streets for nearly 100 days now and clearly their government wants them to give up.

But they aren’t giving up.  And for this they should certainly be commended for showing a great deal of vitality in the face of such oppressive action on the part of their elected leaders.  This will be an interesting situation to continue watching to see how responsive the democratic government in Quebec decides to be with so much animosity from its citizens toward its policy.  The new law does not stop protesting altogether so this debate is far from over…