If you’ve followed Noam Chomsky over the years, then you know he hasn’t had many good things to say about politicians. After all, when you consider the majority of them are puppets for monied interests, and funded to preserve an unjust status-quo, it’s pretty understandable.
Well, one politician who Chomsky does evidently respect, however, is Mr. Bernie Sanders. Recently Chomsky spoke at the Brooklyn Public Library, and while discussing Sanders, here is some of what he had to say (quote via Democracy Now):
Well, Bernie Sanders is an extremely interesting phenomenon. He’s a decent, honest person. That’s pretty unusual in the political system. Maybe there are two of them in the world, you know. But he’s considered radical and extremist, which is a pretty interesting characterization, because he’s basically a mainstream New Deal Democrat. His positions would not have surprised President Eisenhower, who said, in fact, that anyone who does not accept New Deal programs doesn’t belong in the American political system. That’s now considered very radical.
Chomsky went on to point out that Sanders’ drive to enact universal, single-payer healthcare in the U.S., is far from a fringe idea. The renowned intellectual pointed out that if:
You go back earlier, say, to the Reagan years, about 70 percent of the population thought that national healthcare should be in the Constitution, because it’s such an obvious right. And, in fact, about 40 percent of the population thought it was in the Constitution, again, because it’s such an obvious right.
Yup. It’s pretty effin sad how far right the political spectrum has swung in recent decades. How’s that been working out for the huddled masses huh? Not too peachy…
This is why the Sanders’ campaign is so important and compelling. It’s a campaign which has reminded folks that through social democracy, through the power of the people, we can punt a corrupt and immoral political system, and create a more equitable world.