Political Theater and the Real Problem of Government Cyber Security
We begin with the State Department Inspector General’s report delivered to the Congress today that is critical of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server that she had not sought permission to use. Cyber security expert Alan Paller, the director of the Sans Institute who has testified several times before the House and Senate, joins us to discuss the broader issues involved in this largely partisan manufactured scandal and the irony that Clinton’s private server was not hacked but the State Department’s server was. We discuss the appalling lack of cyber security in all government departments except the FBI, CIA and NSA and the unbelievable breech of personal data on all government employees, especially those involved in defense and intelligence, hacked from the Office of Personnel Management by the Chinese. And in an even more unbelievable display of bureaucratic incompetence, the contractor hired to fix cyber security at the OPM has suddenly gone out of business and disappeared from the scene.
"Plutocratic Equilibrium" and the Global Shrinkage of the Middle Class
Then we examine the broader global rise of Donald Trump-like nativism and right wing populism and its connection to the shrinking middle class with Branko Milanovic, the former lead economist in the World Bank Research Group and author of the new book “Global Inequality”. He joins to discuss the awakening brought about by Bernie Sanders of the decades-long rising inequality in America that Milanovic calls “plutocratic equilibrium” in which the elites purchase political power then ensure the working class supports the unequal status quo by distracting them with issues like gun control and gay marriage.
The Trump Rally/Riot in New Mexico
Then finally we speak with Lonna Atkeson, the Director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy at the University of New Mexico about the rally/riot at a Trump event in Albuquerque which the Governor of New Mexico did not attend because she was “really busy”. Although Governor Susana Martinez has been touted as a possible vice presidential running mate for Trump to repair his image with women and Hispanics, this did not stop Trump from trashing the head of the Republican Governor’s Association and blaming her for the state’s unemployment and increase in food stamps as well as accusing her of accepting refugees from Syria which is a total lie.