The Reactionary Right

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From the start of the Republican party’s presidential primaries Donald Trump was often accused of not actually being a true conservative. When Trump clinched the Republican party’s nomination for President in 2016 most people were shocked with the exception of Corey Robin. In Corey’s latest book “The Reactionary Mind” he explores the history of the conservative movement as a reaction to emancipation by progressive social groups. I recently talked to Corey about his latest book and his thoughts on the modern day evolution of the conservative movement.

If you’d like to hear more of Corey’s thought’s on modern day conservatism you can follow him on Facebook here, on Twitter here or check out his website here. You can also pick up his latest book “The Reactionary Mind” here.

The History Of The Republican Party

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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.

If you’d like to read more of Heather’s thoughts you can follow her on twitter here or if you’d like to pick up her book you can get it here.

The New Deal That Almost Wasn't

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On November 8th, 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the presidential election in a landslide over incumbent President Herbert Hoover. FDR had run his campaign promising if elected, he would enact programs to help those suffering in the Great Depression. Herbert Hoover believed that if FDR followed through with his campaign promises, he would be bringing communism to America. Eric Rauchway a historian at the University of California Davis wrote in his latest book about the strenuous transition period where Hoover would do everything he could to get FDR to swear off his campaign promises. I recently reached out to Eric to talk to him about his newest book.

If you’d like to keep up with Eric’s work on FDR you can follow him on twitter here or if you’d like to read more about Hoover’s attempts to derail The New Deal you can pick up his book here.

Thomas Paine And Our Democracy

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Often when we talk about historical figures and their influence on our modern day politics we think of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower or Lyndon Baines Johnson. Who is often overlooked is Thomas Paine whose views on early American democracy and how to make it accessible to everybody were considered radical. I recently spoke with Seth Cotlar a history professor at Willamette University whose research and work about Thomas Paine's early influence & views; and just how that shaped our modern politics.

If you’d like to read more on Seth’s thoughts on our current politics and ways we can reshape our democracy you can follow him on twitter here.

The Struggle To Unionize And Why It's Important

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Unions have a long history of fighting an ongoing battle to be recognized and to be allowed. Erik Loomis is a labor and environmental historian who teaches at the University of Rhode Island. His recent book A History of America In Ten Strikes documents these battles through ten different labor strikes. I recently spoke with him to talk about his latest book and the importance of forming a union.

You can keep up with Erik’s work on unions by follow his twitter account here and his blog posts over at Lawyers Gun & Money here. You can pick up his latest book we discussed A History of America In Ten Strikes here.