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Jun 27, 2022

Jeff Sharlet is a journalist and bestselling author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy.

His new article “January 6 Was Only the Beginning” is featured in the July/August 2022 issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

Sharlet shares what it was like to journey across America into the dark heart of Trumplandia and the MAGAverse, what is a fascist surreal nightmare and a country that feels like it is coming apart at the seams and foundation as it teeters on the precipice of widespread political violence and bloodshed.

He also explains why the mainstream news media and the other centrists, hope peddlers, professional smart people, and “respectable” political elites – and too many everyday Americans -- are in such denial about the American nightmare and refuse to believe that Donald Trump, the Republican-fascists, and the larger white right are an existential threat to American democracy and the larger society.

On this bountiful episode of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega explains the importance of remaining calm and focused during a time of great emergency.

Chauncey also shares his thoughts on this tsunami assault on American freedom and democracy in the form of an illegitimate Supreme Court that over the course of a week took away women’s reproductive rights and freedoms, gave guns more rights than human beings, and continued to push the country towards being a full-on Christian fascist theocracy.  

And Chauncey DeVega shares what took place during his recent epic soap operatic visit home to see his beloved mama and other people.

Quick Episode Summary

  • 00:45 decompressing and centering ourselves
  • 07:00 introduction and situation report
  • 34:00 day-to-day things you can do to get your momentum for the long fight ahead
  • 49:00 story time, an epic journey home, 3 revelations, and counting my blessings and good fortune
  • 01:31:00 Jeff Sharlet
  • 02:21:00 positive energy, calls to action and ILAC


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