Ep. 76: The True Meaning and Scale of Donald Trump's Coup Attempt Against the 2020 Election and American Democracy
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University and an expert on fascism and authoritarianism. Her new book is Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present. Her opinion essays and other writing have been featured by CNN, the Washington Post, The New Yorker and the Atlantic. She explains the real meaning and breadth of the Trump regime’s coup attempt and how societies begin to heal once authoritarian leaders have been removed.
Ep. 75: Thom Hartmann Warns That President Joe Biden May be the Last Chance to Save American Democracy From the Republican Party
Thom Hartmann is a national radio show host, New York Times bestselling-author, and leading progressive voice. He counsels that the American people -- and liberals and progressives in particular -- should be both optimistic and cautious about Joe Biden's presidency. Hartmann also issues an ominous warning: Joe Biden's presidency may be the last opportunity to save American democracy from the Republican Party and a global right-wing authoritarian movement.
Ep. 74: If Joe Biden Fails Then His Successor will be a Christian Fascist Who is Much More Dangerous Than Donald Trump
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author. He warns that if Joe Biden fails to rehabilitate America’s social democracy then the country will become even more of a plutocracy dominated by racism and other forms of cruelty. Even worse, Chris Hedges warns that if Biden does not relieve the deep pain being felt by wide swaths of American society then what follows will be a White Christian Fascist president who is much more dangerous than Donald Trump.
Ep. 73: Election 2020 -- Greg Palast Explains How Donald Trump is Trying to Steal the White House and Victory Away from Joe Biden and the American People
Greg Palast is one of the United States’ and the world’s foremost experts on voter suppression, vote theft and vote fraud. His new book is How Trump Stole 2020. He explains how Donald Trump and his agents are using the courts and other means to steal the presidency away from Joe Biden and the American people in these days and weeks after Election Day.
Ep. 72: The Chauncey DeVega Show -- Election Day 2020: Hoping for the Best and Preparing for the Worst
On this special Election Day episode, Chauncey DeVega goes solo and reflects on his and our feelings and emotions about America in the Age of Trump, this world historical moment, and what may happen today and in the days and weeks ahead with the election and America's future. Chauncey DeVega also responds to an email from a listener about her feelings of terror, fear, uncertainty, desperation, and helplessness about what may happen on Election Day and beyond.
David Kilcullen is one of the world’s leading experts on counterinsurgency and military strategy. He explores the possible and likely scenarios for political violence and social upheaval on Election Day and beyond. Kilcullen also shares his concerns about a possible armed insurgency if not a type of civil war in the United States if political polarization and extremism continue to escalate.
Dr. Dan McAdams is the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Education and Social Policy, at Northwestern University. His most recent book is The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning. McAdams warns that Donald Trump exists only in the present moment, a man without a future or a past, and lacking any sense of a life narrative, or ethics beyond winning at all costs. Ultimately, leaders like Donald Trump bring ruin and destruction to the countries they lead.
Ep. 69: Ralph Nader Explains that the Worse Things Get for Regular People the More Powerful Big Business Becomes
Ralph Nader is an author, attorney, consumer advocate and activist, as well as five-time presidential candidate who has been fighting for the freedoms and rights of the American people for six decades. His new book (with co-author Mark Green) is Wrecking America: How Trump's Lawbreaking and Lies Betray All. Ralph Nader explains how the plutocrats and the corporatocracy are benefitting from the pandemic and why America’s mainstream news media and other voices have largely been silent if not complicit
Ep. 68: Timothy Snyder Warns That as Election Day 2020 Approaches America is in The Midst of a Slow-Motion Reichstag Fire Emergency
Timothy Snyder is a Professor of History at Yale University and the author of the bestselling book On Tyranny. His new book is Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary. Dr. Snyder explains why America's mainstream news media continues to avoid describing Donald Trump and his regime as fascist and authoritarian. Snyder also warns that the United States is in the midst of a years-long slow-motion Reichstag Fire emergency that Election Day 2020 may not resolve.
Ep. 67: Philosopher Cornel West Reflects on Donald Trump, the Virus, and Questions of Karma and Justice
Dr. Cornel West is professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard and a professor emeritus at Princeton. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Democracy Matters. He reflects upon questions of right and wrong, karma, and justice as related to how Donald Trump was recently hospitalized because he was infected by the virus. Dr. West also explains how true liberals and progressives should respond to Donald Trump being hospitalized – even though he is evil and cruel.