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Critics see Trump as an abomination, but he is also one of us.” So says Andrew Bacevich scholar and author of the forthcoming book “Twilight of the American Century.” He explains in this podcast that Trump is one of a nation of narcissists (selfies anyone?). Sixty plus million voted to repudiate  the long standing policy consensus but got more of the same. Economic inequality, globalization for the benefit of the few, permanent wars: these are the real issues and the obsession with Trump is basically a shiny object serving to distract us from what needs to be done. All these problems predate Trump and our fixation with Trump impedes solutions. A surprising and thoughtful analysis from this widely respected history scholar.

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Blood in the streets. Chaos at the convention. The establishment Democrats won and then they lost. From the vantage point of 50 years later, it may surprise some how less has changed and been learned than we might have thought. With thoughts from Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman as the convention was about to begin and relevant music with the spirit of 1968, what can we learn? Bobby Seale and Black Lives Matter. Insurgents taking on the establishment.Going along or challenging entrenched power. How to re-engage working people. Today’s politics and protest began that year. Listen in!

 
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