[Guest post by DRJ]
“SPIEGEL: “Change” is the slogan of this year’s presidential election. Do you see any chance for an immediate, tangible change in the United States? Or, to use use Obama’s battle cry: Are you “fired up”?
Chomsky: Not in the least. The European reaction to Obama is a European delusion.
SPIEGEL: But he does say things that Europe has long been waiting for. He talks about the trans-Atlantic partnership, the priority of diplomacy and the reconciling of American society.
Chomsky: That is all rhetoric. Who cares about that? This whole election campaign deals with soaring rhetoric, hope, change, all sorts of things, but not with issues.”
Chomsky views U.S. politics as a one-party system ruled by business but he isn’t totally down on America. He believes “the American society has become more civilized, largely as a result of the activism of the 1960s.”
It’s interesting how many Obama endorsements come from people who identify more with Ayers the Activist than Joe the Plumber.