Episode

10/24 Luke Mayville: John Adams and the Fear of American Oligarchy

October 24, 2016

Luke Mayville (@LukeMayville) joins us today to discuss his new book, “John Adams and the Fear of Oligarchy.” John Adams’ skepticism of “meritocracy” and the glorification of the rich. John Adams’ understanding of “oligarchy,” as opposed to the “meritocratic” elite of the counter-majoritarian Federalist Papers. What is true and untrue about Thomas Jefferson’s “populism.” Adams’ heterodox views on elites and his argument for an aristocratic senate.

On the fun half – Trump threatens accusers in his Gettysburg Address, Reince is darn tired of people doubting RND support of Trump. KellyAnne Conway wants you to trust her about Trump’s lack of transparency, Eric Trump lives in a bubble, Obama hits the campaign trail, and your calls and IMs!

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