In an interview broadcast on The Nation’s website Professor Chomsky has stated that democratic elections and the election of sceptical representative posed “a danger to the survival of the species”.
The latest democratic elections were a disaster, according to Chomsky, because the stupid, irresponsible masses had elected Republicans who were sceptical of global warming. For this, the media had to share some of the blame, as they sometimes allowed dissenting voices to be heard, which the professor obviously thinks is a terrible crime. It only confuses people when they hear two sides to a story.
He pointed, in particular, to an article by the New York Times which covered the fact that most meteorologists didn’t believe in the theory of man-made global warming. This is meaningless, according to Chomsky, because meteorologists were just “pretty faces that present the weather forecast” and didn’t know anything about climate (it wasn’t clear if he included meteorologists such as Michael Mann and Kevin Trenberth in that sweeping condemnation).
But he was sure that letting the people choose their own representatives had been a catastrophe in this instance, saying:
“You can almost interpret it as a kind of death knell for the species”
Quoting Bloomberg, Chomsky said the new Republicans “were almost all global warming deniers” who,
“Claim that there’s nothing to it [AGW], or claim that they think that. What they actually think is another story.”
He claimed that if this were taking place in some other, smaller and poorer nation, it wouldn’t be such a concern, but in the world’s richest country, such an election presented
“a danger to the survival of the species . . . we’re essentially saying, ‘Let’s kiss each other goodbye'”.
Chomsky’s thoughts on the uselessness of democracy were echoed by warmist activist and author, Dmitry Orlov who said that energy interests had:
“a stranglehold on political power in this country by an elite that divides itself into two camps, Republican and Democrat . . . it’s almost a question of them at some point being wheeled out of their offices, along with the office furniture . . . I see that as quite similar to what the old communists went through”
Quite. We won’t be needing any of the trappings of democracy then, I suppose?
You can watch the interview (if you really want) here:
UPDATE: Chomsky admits : “I went too far”
In a follow up interview, Chomsky has admitted that his anti-democracy crack was a step too far, but still defended the substance of what he was saying:
If I said the elections are a death knell, I went too far. But I think it’s fair to say that they do threaten that outcome. Even the business press is concerned. Bloomberg Business Week reported that the elections brought into office dozens of climate change deniers, swelling support for Senator James Inhofe, who has declared global warming to be the “greatest hoax ever perpetuated on the American people” and feels “vindicated” by the election.
The People’s Voice. Downsize or Modify? A Conversation with Noam Chomsky.