A number of commenters have argued that we should listen to Noam Chomsky- who has come out in support of Biden. I sent the following to Chomsky. His response is below.
PREFACE TO MY QUESTIONS:
Too be sure, a Trump win in 2020 would be an unmitigated disaster for the country and the entire world. On the other hand, suppose that Biden won. It is highly likely that (1) he will have little power to effect meaningful positive change, since Republicans would torpedo him far worse than they did Obama. (2) It is also highly likely that Biden would not even seriously promote, much less fight for any meaningful change.
(1): After 4 years of a Biden presidency, is it not reasonable to assume that Americans will be even more desperate for change than they were in 2016?
(2): And if that is the case, is it not reasonable to speculate that they will be so desperate as to vote for a creature at least, if not worse than Trump?
(3): Certainly, by 2024 the oligarchs would then have even more control than they now have. Would it not be more effective to begin the type of true revolution that you have so often pointed to throughout your books NOW than in 20204?
Chomsky: “It would be great to start a revolution at time t, whatever t is. That’s what we should be preparing for constantly. Every four years the time comes to spend a few minutes voting, and then go back to work, which will at least be possible if Biden wins.”
I could spend hours on responding to him. But as he told me “I’m wildly overloaded”. As brief as this response is, I feel that it presents a lot of food-for-thought. Hence, I thought I would share it with my CD comrades.