In a mid-December interview after the election, MIT professor emeritus Noam #chomsky who has written many volumes of geopolitical analysis exposing hidden US actions against emerging democracies in South America and warning that seeking hegemony is a sure path to destruction, Dr. Chomsky took a calm look at his concerns about a #trump Presidency.

Background

In 2010 Noam Chomsky, who has “told truth to power” in more than 100 books deflating and debunking the lies of the rich and powerful, voiced his concerns for where he saw the country going in an interview with TruthDig.

““The United States is extremely lucky that no honest, charismatic figure has arisen … [so far each was] such an obvious crook that he destroys himself, like McCarthy or Nixon or the evangelist preachers.

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If somebody comes along who is charismatic and honest this country is in real trouble because of the frustration, disillusionment, the justified anger and the absence of any coherent response .. [this time it will be] illegal immigrants and the blacks [not jews]. We will be told that white males are a persecuted minority…. Military force will be exalted.”

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Not only were domestic hate groups energised, looking to Europe, “every far-right, ultra-nationalist, neo-nazi group was greatly encouraged [by Trump’s victory].”

Chomsky is not popular in political circles or commercial press because, among other things, he has exposed America's many war crimes, saying "if the Nuremberg Laws were enforced every president since WWII would have been hanged," but he cites nothing except proven historical facts which are in the record for anyone to see.

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The problem, of course, is that most people are afraid of facts and the truth, especially in the current Administration's truth-free environment, they don’t want to know about inconvenient historical facts.

But his comments on President Trump himself, as opposed to his supporters, are mostly moderate, viewing as a positive that he keeps talking about improving relations with Russia which is probably the world's most dangerous flashpoint.

Chomsky says, “The parallels with late Weimar Germany are striking,” but downplays any reference to Trump as a new Hitler, saying he has no ideology which makes him less dangerous. But he also said that the most predictable part of Trump is his unpredictability which is very dangerous for a president who has control of the world’s most powerful military.

The Doomsday Clock

The Union of Concerned Scientists, which was organised after WWII because of the danger of nuclear war, has maintained what they call the #doomsday clock which measures how close the scientists think the world is to a nuclear disaster which can end all human civilisation.

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At its worst point, the clock was set at two minutes to midnight in 1953 “after the United States and the Soviet Union tested their first thermonuclear weapons within six months of one another.”

The clock has just been advanced to 2:30 before midnight, meaning the world is very close to nuclear war. In an Op Ed for the New York times, Lawrence Krauss (theoretical physicist and David Titley (retired US Navy admiral) emphasizing that for the first time the clock has been advanced almost entirely due to the statements of a single person - President Trump. Their concerns are the lack of movement on climate change and nuclear disarmament combined with the President’s views on those topics. That is similar to Noam Chomsky's concerns over the state of the world and the building anger of citizens of many countries.