by Peter Jaworski
Sunday, October 12, 2008
In this Der Spiegel interview with Noam Chomsky, this exchange piqued my interest:
SPIEGEL: Is there nothing about McCain that appeals to you?
Chomsky: In one aspect he is more honest than his opponent. He explicitly states that this election is not about issues but about personalities. The Democrats are not quite as honest even though they see it the same way.
SPIEGEL: So for you, Republicans and Democrats represent just slight variations of the same political platform?
Chomsky: Of course there are differences, but they are not fundamental. Nobody should have any illusions. The United States has essentially a one-party system and the ruling party is the business party.
Since Chomsky didn’t come out and say that he supported either of the candidates (something I would expect) I thought I’d ask him a few follow-up questions. Here they are, with his answers:
Peter Jaworski: Do you support a political party, or any particular individuals running for office?
Noam Chomsky: If I were in a swing state, I’d vote for Obama, reluctantly and without illusions, only because I think that McCain-Palin and the constituency they represent are extremely dangerous — in fact, there’s a proto-fascist character, a term I don’t use lightly.
via Western Standard