Authoritarian

Yale historian Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, explains his understanding of totalitarian regimes. How do institutions and democracies fall apart. Trump’s fascist impulse. Terrorism and justification for unrelated things. Differences and similarities and historical examples. What Trump and Hitler share in common. Why we should not obey in advance. […]
FBI Director James Comey confirms that Russia’s role in the election is being investigated. The hearings for Neil Gorsuch begin. Journalist Masha Gessen, explains that Trump is attempting to create an autocracy. Trump’s attacks on government and the media. The rules for fighting autocracy. How Trump is degrading public norms on corruption. Searching for signs […]
The Roosevelt Institute’s Mike Konczal, explains why austerity defined the Obama age. The foreclosure crisis and the Trump vote. The culture of limitation. Smart phones and the culture of ruthless efficiency. Lifestyle minimalism. Why the Obama Administration failed on foreclosure. why we didn’t get the recovery we deserve. Obama’s 2010 austerity pivot and why Republican […]
Why Trump’s Cabinet is a nightmare for the environment and workers and a giveaway to the Koch brothers. Journalist and historian Rick Perlstein, talks about the danger posed by the authoritarian impulse of the Trump age. Lying and authoritarians. How news needs to work when the President always lies. Steve Bannon and the lying culture. The […]
On today’s show Vox’s Amanda Taub (@amandataub) join us to discuss her new article The Rise of American Authoritarianism. How do you measure authoritarian attitudes? The four parenting questions that reveal the authoritarian mindset. The Republican Party’s anxiety about social change and what voters that appeals to. How crisis can activate the authoritarian value society. Vox’s polling and […]