Feb 15, 2022
Jonathan Katz is the author of the new book Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire. His essays and other writing have appeared in such leading publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, the New Republic, The Guardian, Mother Jones and Foreign Policy.
He is also a recipient of the James Foley/Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.
Jonathan explains the parallels between Donald Trump and his cabal’s coup attempt on Jan. 6, 2021 and the “Business Plot” against President Roosevelt in the 1930s. He also warns that the alliance and attraction between the moneyed classes and fascism and other forms of authoritarianism are nothing new in American life.
He also shares how legendary Marine Corps General Smedley Butler went from being a gangster for capitalism and an enforcer of American empire to a person of conscience – and the lessons we can all learn from that transformation in this dark time of democracy crisis and ascendant fascism and other forms of inhumanity.
Jonathan and Chauncey also reflect on what they learned from their health crises about life, vocation, and managing trauma and fear.
Chauncey DeVega cuts a much-deserved promo on the hope peddlers, happy pill sellers, and other members of the commentariot and political class who continue to live in an alternate universe of narcissistic denial, delusion, and happy endings that minimizes the existential danger represented by Donald Trump and the Republican-fascists and their movement.
And Chauncey shares an update on his health journey, trials and tribulations, realizations, luck, and what it means to get your bounce back.
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