President Donald Trump's administration's budgetary plans and priorities have come under fire from several prominent academic voices. Trump's budget, while advocating for an increase of 10 percent in military spending next year, a $54 billion rise, makes room for it by cutting funding to several agencies and programs, including arts, public broadcasting, development groups, foreign aid, State Department and Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, only three agencies -- Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs -- are reportedly getting a boost under Trump, according to CNN. Based on their analysis of Trump's budget, several well-known scientists and academics have made some predictions ranging from some that say they make us "weak," "sick" and "stupid," to others that claim Trump's economic priorities could possibly also trigger a financial crisis. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson took to Twitter on Sunday to criticize the cuts proposed by Trump's first proposed budget saying that they can make America "weak," "sick" and "stupid."
Prominent scientist and philosopher Noam Chomsky said Tuesday the world faces great difficulties and possible threats from both nuclear war and climate change under President-elect Donald Trump. Chomsky, 87, stressed young people could reignite the middle class and labor movement while praising former Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders. "The threats and dangers are very real. There are plenty of opportunities. And as we face them, again, particularly the younger people among you, we should never overlook the fact that the threats that we now face are the most severe that have ever arisen in human history," Chomsky told a crowd at Riverside Church in New York City.
In a special UpFront interview, renowned US academic and public intellectual Noam Chomsky sits down with Mehdi Hasan to discuss the implications of a Donald Trump presidency, on both domestic and global issues. "He certainly is off the spectrum. There's never been anything like him," says Chomsky, an award-winning author, who is witnessing the 16th president over the course of his lifetime. "He has no background at all in any political activities. Never held office, been interested in office.
Nearly 400 MIT faculty members, including professor emeritus Noam Chomsky, writer Junot Diaz and four Nobel Prize winners, signed an open letter criticizing President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks. "The President-elect has appointed individuals to positions of power who have endorsed racism, misogyny and religious bigotry, and denied the widespread scientific consensus on climate change. Regardless of our political views, these endorsements violate principles at the core of MIT's mission. At this time, it is important to reaffirm the values we hold in common." The letter also denounces the controversial rhetoric often associated with Trump's campaign and impending presidency.
Every year, we are confronted with new facts and scenarios emerging out of climate change and global warming, each more terrifying and apocalyptic than the last. In fact, several well-known scientists and tech moguls have made predictions regarding them. Prominent linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky said last year that the COP22 Marrakech climate summit in Morocco, which began on Nov. 7, "basically ceased" to function on Nov.9 after the delegates were confronted with the news that Donald Trump was elected as the next U.S. president. Speaking to over 2,000 people at Riverside Church on Dec. 5, Chomsky also made several related climate change predictions. "The question that was left was whether it would be possible to carry forward this global effort to deal with the highly critical problem of environmental catastrophe, if the leader of the free world, the richest and most powerful country in history, would pull out completely, as appeared to be the case," Chomsky said.