Noam Chomsky was booed at the 2019 California Democratic Party Convention for saying the state is “not ready” for “revolutionary Socialism.”
The mood wasn’t so bleak when Prof. Chomsky began his remarks.
“I can understand your mood,” Chomsky began, to cheers from the crowd. “There is a real mood of desperation, especially among young people feeling like we’ve tried everything, nothing’s worked, we’ve gotta go all out.”
“Take, for instance, the Bernie Sanders campaign of 2016 that broke dramatically with over a century of U.S. political history,” Chomsky continued, waving to Sen. Sanders seated nearby.
The mood turned ugly moments later.
“But California is not in a state where there’s going to be a revolution,” Chomsky said. “You’re living in a completely delusional world, of a kind that teenagers might live in, very desperate, very angry, and you’ve picked tactics that are harmful, you’ve caused yourselves a lot of harm as well.”
Before he could finish his next sentence, a chorus of boos along with a sea of waving “Bernie” signs overtook his speech, lasting for more than 30 seconds.
Chomsky attempted a smile and broke from his remarks to add, “You know, if we’re not careful, we’re going to end up helping to re-elect the worst president in history.”
The mood softened at the thought, and Chomsky continued.
“Your actions have been completely counterproductive for yourselves and for their effect on others,” he said. “I know a lot of you really think you’re bringing about revolutionary Socialism, but you’re living in a delusional world.”