Politics And Reality Radio: How Fragile Is Democracy?
Credit: Karoli Kuns
January 23, 2017

To kick off this week's show, I lay out an entirely plausible scenario in which Trump -- and unified GOP control of government -- results in only manageable damage to the republic. It's not a prediction, which would be pollyannish, but it could work out this way if decent people stand up against what's coming.

Then we'll speak with Yascha Mounk, a lecturer at Harvard, who argues that it's easier than most people believe for even established democracies to slide into authoritarianism.

Picking up on that theme, Cornell's Tom Pepinsky relays some lessons from Malaysia. He says that today's authoritarian governments bear little resemblance to the totalitarian dystopias of our collective imagination -- and argues that the popular image of authoritarian rule is problematic in the age of Trump.

Finally, Heather Hurlburt from New America offers a sober view of Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy.

Playlist:
Moby: "Run On"
Grandmaster Flash: "It's a Shame"
Gnarls Barkley: "A Little Bit Better"
The Band: "We Can Talk"

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