Episode

2/8 Eric Foner: American Radicals and the Change We Could Believe In

February 8, 2017

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, explains what is radicalism. Why radicalism is different from liberalism and incrementalism. Has America always had radicals. The 1990s and the “end of history”. Tom Paine, America’s original radical. Radicalism in times of crisis. The opportunities the Left has today. Why are people marching against Trump? How radicalism moves from saying no to articulating what it wants. The old order is dying, what about the next one? Organic movements and the importance of Black Lives Matter. Why we are behind the curve on inequality and basic social benefits. Long term strategy for radical change. Where Europe is further ahead and further behind and what we need to learn from reconstruction.

On The Fun Half Elizabeth Warren silenced after reading Coretta Scott King letter on Jeff Sessions hostility to voting rights. The Republicans whine about attacks on Sessions. Orrin Hatch worries about Jeff Sessions about wife. Bernie Sanders debates Ted Cruz. Anthony Weiner, healthcare and how he ruined the world. Jake Tapper and KellyAnne Conway get awkward. Donald Trump says his Muslim ban is “written beautifully”. Right Wing Mandela breaks it down. Creepy Trump advisor promises to keep targeting the media and your calls and IMs.

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