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Jun 2, 2017

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is a historian at New York University who specializes in authoritarianism, aesthetics, cultural politics, and Italian history. She is the author of numerous books including an upcoming project on authoritarianism and political strongmen. Ben-Ghiat is also a regular contributor to CNN, The Atlantic, and The Huffington Post.

During this week's show, Professor Ben-Ghiat and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump's rise to power, authoritarianism and American politics, the global color line, masculinity, and how violence is a central component of Donald Trump's appeal for his voters.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega offers some thoughts on the recent white supremacist murders in Portland as well as Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Chauncey also gives out a special prize for the "prank monkeys" who fell for Trump's "covfefe" foolishness. For this special fundraising episode of the podcast Chauncey responds to some questions sent in by listeners about white privilege and white supremacy as well as how best to resist Trump's fascist foot soldiers. Chauncey also has fun reading hate mail from a white supremacist.


Robb
over a year ago

This thought came to mind while you were discussing the Antifa concept. This isn't our father's civil right's movement, this is authoritarian mission creep and we can't expect the same reality to ensue, or the same response. This woman is putting herself in a zero sum martyrdom game. If you go into these things, you are begging to be a casualty of war for no purpose other than add a body to the pile for some future statistics and footnote. Now is not the time to imagine our government will come to it's senses, it's time to plan for the worst and take lessons from the Preppers and understand the near future will be ugly and it won't be a time of plenty, it's time to take stock of resources, family, friends and those in our midst we can trust and predict with experience the realities of their intent or response.