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Watch: Noam Chomsky's Recipe for How to Make America Great Again

Step aside, Donald Trump, this plan could actually work.

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Noam Chomsky has frequently argued that not only do we not have a capitalist system, but no capitalist system has ever survived.

"What we have is a state capitalist system with the state playing a substantial role in American history, in economic development, production and research to keep the private sector viable," Chomsky said in one of his classic interviews.

Chomsky is not a big fan of modern times. One of his favorite periods of American history wasn't even in the past century.
 
"The Industrial Revolution was the period of the free-est press ever in the United States," Chomsky explained. "There were lots of different newspapers representing different classes and ethic groups."
 
The working-class press was expressing the people's point of view. It reacted to the wage labor idea that became a major issue of the Republican Party.
 
"[By participating in] wage labor, you are renting yourself, which is not that different from being a slave except that it will end sometime," says Chomsky. Self management and institutional control of an organization are perfectly feasable alternatives.
 
"[The only problem is that they] conflict with the structure of existing power systems] and therefore the educational and cultural system tries to drive them out of your minds and make them seem insane or crazy or unthinkable, but there's nothing unthinkable about them."
 
Watch the full segment below:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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