GOP “Gamers” (McConnell) Flirt with Fascism While Their “Breakers” (Hawley and Cruz) Embrace it
We begin with an analysis of what Timothy Snyder describes in The New York Times as “The American Abyss” and the extent to which we not only witnessed a grotesque display of American fascism on Wednesday with the storming of the capitol by the equivalent of Nazi stormtroopers but that there is within the Republican party a large constituency of 8 senators and 138 House members who voted against American democracy AFTER their own capitol was assaulted, looted and vandalized. Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of How Propaganda Works, and his latest How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, joins us. We discuss the division in the GOP between the “gamers” and the “breakers” with the gamers like McConnell happy to take advantage of a system that affords them minority rule via the oligarch’s dark money and a minority of voters motivated by Fox News, while the breakers like Senators Hawley and Cruz actually want to break the system and have power without democracy. We assess whether the plutocracy that funds both camps will have second thoughts about supporting the ugly side of the breakers to go along with the gamers who will be more effective at frustrating Biden’s agenda.
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