We’ve witnessed the reemergence of fascist politicians across the world within the past ten years. Most notably the recently elected Jair Bolsonaro who is running the world's fourth largest democracy in Brazil. Here in our own country depending on who you ask, Donald Trump would be labeled a fascist. I recently spoke with Ruth Ben-Ghiat a historian whose an expert on fascist politics regarding these troubling trends, and on the history of fascism.
The resurgence of the KKK in the 1920’s is the focus of Linda Gordon’s latest book “The Second Coming of the KKK”. Linda’s academic background informs her deep concerns with our society’s civil injustices. With this latest work she delves into the resurrection of the KKK with all it’s rabid intention of building a long lasting institution.despite their best efforts it crumbled under their own subversive greed. In our discussion we explore the various factions within the KKK and how they relate to the modern resurgence of white nationalism in a similar political climate.
You can pick up Linda Gordon’s “The Second Coming of the KKK” here.
It is inarguable that the United States has the largest percentage of domestic incarceration in the world. Statistically, for every 100,000 citizens, 716 are locked up. During the 1970’s politicians on both sides of the aisle decided to “get tough” on crime and used rhetoric that would shape future debate. This resulted in policies that would lead to the United States becoming the world's leader of mass incarceration. I recently interviewed Julilly Hausmann whose book “Getting Tough: Welfare & Imprisonment In 1970’s America” covers the rhetoric politicians would use to shape public opinion in order to implement these policies.
You can pick up Julilly’s book we talked about here.
The United States and Russia have a long and complex history from World War 2 to allies to Cold War adversaries. Michael McFaul is a former United States ambassador to Russia who served under President Barack Obama. Previous to his service as the top diplomat to Russia he spent many years studying the culture and politics of the former Soviet Union and Russia. I recently spoke with Michael about a variety of issues all relating to our current diplomatic situation between the two countries at this pivotal time in world history.
The Republican Parties ideological beliefs have changed throughout history. In 2014 Heather Richardson, a historian of Boston College, wrote a book “To Make Men Free: A History of The Republican Party.” In this book, she traces the ideological battle within the Republican party throughout history. I recently spoke with Heather about her book and her thoughts on the modern day Republican Party.