Noam Chomsky, the emeritus professor at MIT and outspoken and acclaimed political activist, delivered measured praise for Bernie Sanders amidst his usual strain of social critique during an interview with Mehdi Hasan featured on Al Jazeera’s UpFront.
Chomsky said that “If [Sanders] were elected, I think he would – of the current candidates – I think he’d be the one who would have, from my point of view, the best policies.”
Separating Sanders apart and above the rest, Chomsky said that Sanders was “basically a new dealer” when compared to the usual contenders.
Chomsky continued, however, saying that “I agree with him in a lot of things, not in other things,” and seemed skeptical of the Senator’s chances. “I frankly think that in our system of mainly bought elections, he doesn’t have much of a chance.”
Unlike some other progressive minds, Chomsky stated that he would ultimately back Clinton in the general election, though he did not endorse her so much as malign the competition.
“My vote would be against the Republican candidate,” he said. “There are enormous differences. Every Republican candidate is either a climate change denier or a sceptic who says we can’t do it. What they are saying is, ‘Let’s destroy the world.’ Is that worth voting against? Yeah.”
It was also recently revealed that Noam Chomsky donated to Sanders’ 2000 campaign for the US House of Representatives and continued pledging support for Sanders’ later campaigns — rare contributions on Chomsky’s part, as he’s only given to one other candidate (Ralph Nader) since recordkeeping began in 1997.
As of now, the Republican race is between mogul Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz, with all others struggling to rise above the pack. The Democratic contest, meanwhile, is neck-and-neck between Sanders and Clinton in Iowa as the Feb. 1 caucus approaches.
Sanders maintains a healthy double-digit lead in most polls in the first primary state of New Hampshire, while the former Secretary of State holds a commanding but slowly dwindling lead in the national contest.