Oct 28, 2020
Paul Mason is a journalist, writer, film-maker and public speaker.
He is the author of six books, including Postcapitalism.
Mason writes a weekly column for the New Statesman, and contributes to the Guardian, Freitag and Le Monde Diplomatique. He is a frequent guest on opinion-forming TV and radio shows, including BBC Newsnight, DemocracyNow! BBC Politics Live and BBC Question Time.
Mason was also economics editor at both BBC Newsnight and Channel 4 News.
Paul Mason warns that the Democratic Party and the country’s “left” and “progressives” in the United States are not equipped to resist Trump and the Republican’s fascist assault on democracy because they are still in denial about the intractable levels of hostility and violence being marshaled against them.
Mason also explains the role of libido, violence, and other emotions in fascism and why such an ideology is so appealing to Trumpists and other fascist-authoritarians. As diagnosed by Paul Mason, the West is ill-equipped to confront Trumpism and the Global Right because of a naïve commitment to normal politics and a belief – contrary to the facts and realities of Realpolitik – that compromise is somehow possible with fascists and other authoritarians.
Chauncey DeVega shares new polling data and research about Trump’s hidden voters and how there has been a large increase these last few weeks in registration among white “working-class” male voters – his most important base of support. Chauncey also highlights the power of “unreason”, which compels Trump’s voters to support him and the danger such a delusional way of thinking represents for democracy and the country’s future -- whatever the outcome on Election Day next week.
And Chauncey DeVega also reviews Borat 2.
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