Jan 9, 2020
Ruth Ben-Ghiat 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.
Professor Ben-Ghiat explains how Donald Trump is continuing to wear down America’s democratic institutions – and the public – to a point where authoritarian rule will be accepted as the new normal. Ben-Ghiat also warns how Trump leads a personality cult, which in keeping with how authoritarian regimes have historically taken power, is consuming the American government.
And Professor Ben-Ghiat predicts that Donald Trump is still waiting for the moment when he can declare a national emergency and fully take power by suspending the Constitution and the rule of law.
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Chauncey DeVega explains how Donald Trump created a crisis with Iran by killing Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in order to distract the American people from impeachment. And Chauncey also shares his thoughts on “democracy fatigue” and how people can take that energy and turn it into resistance and other productive action against the Age of Trump.
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