The U.S. is in the midst of an ongoing coup, there is a real threat of fascist tendencies in the U.S. and elsewhere; these influence the possible outcomes of the upcoming 2022 mid-term elections as well as the 2024 U.S presidential elections. What are the potentially devastating consequences of legal action or rather inaction following from the January 6th committee? How fragile is American democracy today, and can changing perceptions of accountability lead to irreversible transformations in the political and legal structure, potentially even dismantling institutional checks and balances in the United States? What role does an increasingly partisan Supreme Court play in these processes? How can the historically unprecedented dilemma of the choice between the constitutionally guaranteed separation and independence of the judiciary, and the sovereign will of democratic popular majorities be resolved? What are the prospects of resistance to the threat of fascism, not just in the United States, but also globally, especially in the wake of Russia’s continuing war of aggression against Ukraine?
Guests featured in this episode
Jason Stanley; Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, and author of five monographs, including, most recently, the acclaimed How Propaganda Works and How Fascism Works. Jason is also a renowned public intellectual who has written extensively on fascism, authoritarianism, propaganda, free speech, critical race theory, and mass incarceration for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Project Syndicate, or The Chronicle of Higher Education. He appears regularly on CNN, NBC, CBS, or Democracy Now, and has been consulted by the January 6 Committee of the US Congress.