[Marxism] Fwd: An Interview with Noam Chomsky | The Colossus

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 7 09:35:59 MDT 2016

(Chomsky is an idiot.)

Q: We’re seeing at the moment a mirrored rise of populist movements on 
both the Left and the Right. The right-wing movements are taking on an 
increasingly racist and neo-fascist character. To what extent, and for 
what reasons, does the Left bear responsibility for the rise in 
popularity of these extreme and dangerous forces?

A: It’s responsible in a number of respects. In the last generation the 
Left in the United States, Britain and much of the West has been driven 
by issues which are extremely important but are not class issues — 
identity politics basically. Women’s movements, gay rights, Black Lives 
Matter: all these things are extremely important, but they divert the 
Left away from the fundamental class issues which are being picked up by 
the Right, like Trump and elsewhere. That’s a real failure, and it’s 
connected with the attack on the labour movement and the decline of the 
labour movement. Here’s where maybe Corbyn’s hopeful, if he can fight 
off [those] that are trying to destroy him  — from the Guardian all the 
way over.

full: https://thecolossus.co/2016/06/01/an-interview-with-noam-chomsky/

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