The Majority of Today's Elected Democrats Are
According to Chomsky, America is a two-party state,
"but there's only one faction."
By Alexandra Rosenmann
of Democrats have shifted to the right so far that
the two-party system is almost unrecognizable,
according to Noam Chomsky.
to be a quip that the United States was a one-party
state with a business party that had two factions:
the Democrats and Republicansóand that used to be
pretty accurate, but itís not anymore. The U.S. is
still a two-party state, but thereís only one
faction, and itís not Democrats, itís moderate
Republicans. Todayís Democrats have shifted to the
right," Chomsky told RT America's Anissa Naouai.
apparently, so have the Republicans.
to Chomsky, "[Political scientist] Norman Ornstein
simply describes the Republican Party today as a
'radical insurgency that doesnít care about fact,
doesnít care about argument, doesnít want to
participate in politics, and is simply off the
Is it any
wonder, given Chomskyís statements two years ago,
that Donald Trump is the Republican nominee? But if
there's any doubt in how much the Republican Party
has changed, just listen to the 1996 Republican
nominee Bob Dole advocate for the food stamp
program. Can you imagine our current Republican
nominee saying anything similar today today?
when George W. Bush condemned the 9/11 attacks by
announcing "Islam is peace"?
admitted he would be a moderate Republican if this
were the 1980s.
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