Barr as a Right-Wing Culture Warrior Propping Up a Weak Strongman
Then we speak with Lloyd Green, the former opposition research counsel to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 campaign who served in the Department of Justice from 1990 to 1992 when William Barr was the Attorney General. He joins us to discuss his article at The Guardian “America’s top cop is a right wing culture warrior who hates disorder. What could go wrong?” and point out that with an unqualified insurgent in the Oval Office compared to a seasoned professional like Bush Sr., Barr has accrued unusual power and influence as a skilled and smart operator who can prop up a weak strongman surrounded by sycophants and amateurs.
Defunding the Police and Eradicating the Culture of Impunity
Then finallyEkow Yankah, a Professor of Law at the Cardoza Law School and author ofGood Guys and Bad Guys: Punishing Character, Equality and the Irrelevance of Moral Character to Criminal Punishment, joins us to investigate the possibility of defunding the police and enacting reforms to eradicate the culture of impunity and dominance in police forces. Since the whole world saw the live on-camera murder of an African-American George Floyd by a white policeman, we assess whether the model of policing in Camden, New Jersey where an entire corrupt force was fired and replaced by community-friendly officers resulting in a 50% drop in crime, could be replicated across America.