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Noam Chomsky on the Midterms

“Ridiculing Tea Party shenanigans is a serious error.” Noam Chomsky says we must first understand why justly angry citizens have been drawn to the right.

More than half the ‘mainstream Americans’ in a Rasmussen poll last month said they view the Tea Party movement favorably—a reflection of the spirit of disenchantment. The grievances are legitimate. For more than 30 years, real incomes for the majority of the population have stagnated or declined while work hours and insecurity have increased, along with debt. Wealth has accumulated, but in very few pockets, leading to unprecedented inequality. … People rightly want answers, and they are not getting them except from voices that tell tales that have some internal coherence—if you suspend disbelief and enter into their world of irrationality and deceit.


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