Why Chomsky and Zizek are wrong on the US Elections
Chomsky and Zizek clashed on voting in the US elections, but the views of both are critically flawed.
Date Written: 30/11/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20147
Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Zizek, while both critical of Hillary Clinton, are opposed on whom they declare to vote for in the 2016 US election. In opting for Clinton or Trump, Chomsky and Zizek both avoid the crucial question of actual voters and how and why they voted the way they did, and are fixated on the abstract illusion of being on the left or right side of a vacuous argument.
The fact is that the American political culture today has reached an historic crossroads where the crude cosmetic liberalism of the deeply corrupt Democratic Party must either be swept away to clear the way for far more radical changes offered by Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein or else the proto-fascism of Trump will destroy any semblance of democracy left in this country.
While it is neither surprising nor strange why Zizek is entirely oblivious to such facts, it is both curious and disappointing that Chomsky does not see this, even after the calamitous results of this election are clear for all to see.
If we do not heed the warnings of people such as El Khoudary and Glaude, those who write from experience and pain, not from useless speculations, and through them come to terms with the seismic changes now running amok in the US and around the globe, then the calamitous neoliberalism Chomsky scolds us to choose will surely end up with the neoconservative fascism that Zizek is wishing upon us all.