Noam Chomsky on Trump: 'The Breakdown of Society'

"People feel isolated, helpless..."

In an interview published on Tuesday, MIT professor Noam Chomsky claimed that Donald Trump's success was the result of a "breakdown of society."

AlterNet’s Aaron Williams asked Chomsky about Trump's "surprising progress."

“Fear, along with the breakdown of society during the neoliberal period,” Chomsky responded. “People feel isolated, helpless, victim of powerful forces that they do not understand and cannot influence.”

Chomsky compared the environment now to the environment of the Great Depression. “Objectively, poverty and suffering were far greater,” Chomsky said. “But even among poor working people and the unemployed, there was a sense of hope that is lacking now, in large part because of the growth of a militant labor movement and also the existence of political organizations outside the mainstream.”

When asked about the Democrat side of the presidential race, Chomsky, who has donated to Bernie Sanders said, “I can express hopes and fears, but not predictions.” However, Chomsky made clear that he would support Clinton against a Republican candidate if he lived in a swing state.

In another interview, Chomsky did not express much hope for Sanders on account of our “our system of mainly bought elections.”