MIT professor and intellectual Noam Chomsky attributes Donald Trump's success in the Republican presidential primary to "fear" and a "breakdown of society," the Politico website reports today (February 24, 2016).
In an interview yesterday on Trump's surprising progress, Chomsky said, "People feel isolated, helpless, victims of powerful forces that they do not understand and cannot influence."
He compared the current political environment that's allowed Trump to flourish to the 1930s, when the U.S. was in the Great Depression.
"Objectively, poverty and suffering were far greater [during the Great Depression]. But even among poor working people and the unemployed, there was a sense of hope that is lacking now, in large part because of the growth of a militant labor movement and also the existence of political organizations outside the mainstream," Chomsky asserted.