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Noam Chomsky: The Biggest Problem We Face, Destruction of the Environment
Does Noam Chomsky want to see Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in the White House come November? Of the current crop of candidates, Chomsky believes Bernie Sanders would have the best policies—even though he may not be the socialist he proclaims he is.
"Bernie Sanders may call himself a socialist, but he's basically a New Dealer in the current American political system," Chomsky said.
A New Dealer, he explains, is someone who is way out on the left. "Eisenhower, for example, who said anyone who questions the New Deal doesn't belong in our political system would be regarded as a raging leftist," Chomsky said. "So, Bernie Sanders is a decent, honest New Dealer."
Still, Chomsky fears that with our current system, Sanders doesn't have much of a chance. While Chomsky prefers Sanders, he emphasizes the importance of putting a Democrat in the White House.
"There are differences in the parties," he responds, when asked if he'd even consider a Republican over Hillary Clinton. "Small differences [coupled with] great power can have enormous consequences," he said.
To Chomsky's point, enormous consequences also apply to not voting, especially in a swing state. "Abstaining from voting is a vote for the Republican candidate [should he win]," he continued. "My vote would be against the Republican candidate in a swing state [and] I said the same thing with Obama."
In Chomsky's opinion, the main difference between the two parties is Islamophobia. All Republican candidates are against the Iran deal and Ted Cruz has actually suggested "carpet-bombing" the Middle East, something no Democrat has proposed in any debate.
"Every time you hit them with a sledgehammer, you expand [the problem]. You have to deal with a situation rationally if you want to be humane but even concerned with your own security," Chomsky said.
Noam Chomsky has written more than 100 books and has taught for more than half a century. Like Bernie Sanders, he has been speaking on the same ideals for more than five decades.
Watch: Noam Chomsky's full conversation with Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera English:
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- Treats like cookies can be eaten in moderation.
- Information like total calories, saturated fat, and added sugars can be used to compare which foods are relatively healthier.
- However, it's also important to savor and enjoy what you're eating so you don't feel deprived.
Yes, we know. Cookies aren't considered a "healthy" food by any stretch of the imagination.
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